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Mullane: The collapse of Harry Fawkes' big red Republican machine

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10.11.2019

Democrats now control Bucks County government, attributable to a loathing among progressives of President Trump, but also incompetent GOP leadership.

The cacophonous crash heard in Doylestown last week was Harry Fawkes’ Republican machine collapsing in a heap of red rot.

Haul it to the Tullytown landfill. It ain’t coming back.

On Tuesday voters went to the polls in angry droves, tossing out the GOP in a temper tantrum. They finished the job they began in 2017, when they dismissed Republicans from four county row offices, which the party had owned since dinosaurs roamed the earth. Now, Democrats hold all but one county row office. So, too, is the majority of the three-member county board of commissioners, for the first time since 1983.

It was a disaster. The only high-profile Republican still standing is District Attorney Matt Weintraub, but he wasn’t on the ballot.

Bucks County Republicans who have never experienced political minority status dwell today in a brave blue world. Dems call the shot, now, steering lucrative county contracts to their friends, and controlling the county’s deep well of patronage jobs.

The reason? Trump.

The president wasn’t on the ballot, but he was on the minds of angry, blue-faced voters, who The Orange One rubs the wrong way. Livid........

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