WATCH: Manning Credits Marshall For His Switch To The Republican Party

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County commissioner candidate Jack Manning is crediting State Representative Jim Marshall (R-14) for his move to the Republican party.

Manning was a longtime registered independent whose lack of party affiliation is widely crediting for his defeat when he last ran for commissioner in 2011. Manning touted his independence during that campaign, and has since been a staunch supporter of the No Labels nonprofit organization which seeks to promote bipartisanship and centrist ideals in government.

Manning joined the Republican party ahead of the announcement that he would again be seeking a seat on the county board of commissioners.

During a speech to supporters at a campaign kickoff event in Beaver Falls on Thursday evening, Manning thanked Marshall for helping him to believe he could find a home in the Republican party. Marshall is considered a party moderate, particularly on labor issues.

“This gentleman was my political hero ten years ago and has now become a good friend. Jim Marshall was very instrumental for convincing me that there is room in the Republican party for someone like me,” Manning said.

“It really wasn’t an option or choice for me after I ran as an independent. I knew I had to pick a party. I’ve been embraced and Jim was the one who convinced me that independent thinkers, and folks like me, that there’s room in the Republican party for me. I’m thrilled to be part of the party. Obviously, with my (chamber of commerce) work, my belief in the spirit of free enterprise and entrepreneurism, personal accountability, and all of those other values — that’s my libertarian bent in me coming out — I’m thrilled to be running as a Republican.”

County primary elections will take place on May 21, 2019.

BeaverCountian.com’s John Paul contributed to this report.

Matthew LaComb
Matt is a BeaverCountian.com multimedia contributor. When he doesn't have a camera in his hands, he's often conducting research projects for the site.

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Manning’s coming out of the closet announcement. Much like all coming out declarations, no shit. FFs who goes “You know those Republicans they are crushing this politics thing rt now. They my people”

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How can anyone in good conscience belong to the Chamber of Commerce when at this moment they are actively working at the federal level to import hundreds of thousands of foreign workers through the DHS funding bill to take jobs from your kids graduating college with smothering debt, to take jobs from union laborers, to force US workers to train their replacements before they send them packing? The Chamber of Commerce and the Koch brothers are working against American workers, daily. Yet, we’re supposed to ignore all that and support the local head of the Chamber of Commerce? I don’t think so. Let Jack Manning condemn these practices, these stances, these people, and maybe. Remember when Christiana tried to force the commissioners to hire a consultant who was involved in helping companies get around hiring American (so they could hire foreigners)? I remember that. Sandie stood up against hiring Christiana’s consultants. You think Jack Manning will?

The CoC is all for cheap foreign labor, no tariffs (that benefit steelworkers), they don’t back the president, and they openly buy influence. Why put someone in office who represents that? http://fortune.com/2019/01/10/us-chamber-commerce-shutdown/

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I’m glad he chose the party with brains. Because the Democrats have lost it. Good luck Jack.

Raven
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“Party?” A meaningless concept in Beaver County. “Party” is a label of convenience. “Liberal” and “conservative” ideologies change to fit the latest expedient bullshit from the politicians. They all exploit the straight-ticket voting of the lazy non-thinkers who vote only as a social event. Jack has found a friend. Nothing more. A player. He wouldn’t know actual conservative Republican platform planks from Wendy’s Cicken Tenders. It sounds good, but they all change sides more often than a two-year-old changing underwear. And often, you will see them trying to force both feet into one leg of their Fruit-of-the Looms.

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Actually, this is a brilliant move. Clean Slate Manning now doesn’t have to waste precious years acquiring contacts, insiders, favors, neptism appointments, family contacts, paybacks, promises and a smarmy reputation. Marshall comes Ready-Made with all of those, and he can share them with ease with Jack from the get-go. You are a lucky man, Jack. Most people need a political lifetime to develop those.