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Pa. Senate GOP faces leadership fight

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 6, 2014 10:18 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi is facing a challenge to his leadership for the first time in eight years _ a move that signals growing conservative influence in the powerful Republican caucus.

Appropriations Committee Chairman Jake Corman of Centre County signed a letter to fellow Republican senators today announcing his candidacy for majority leader. The caucus holds leadership votes Wednesday.

A loss by Pileggi would shift influence atop caucus leadership away from Philadelphia's heavily populated and politically moderate suburbs that Pileggi helps represent to more conservative central Pennsylvania.

Corman's challenge move follows caucus contention over a failure to pass major legislation overhauling public pension benefits and privatizing the sale of liquor and wine. Leadership votes are taken by secret ballot, but Pileggi says he believes he has the support to win.

The story from earlier is below:

State Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi is expected to face a challenge to his leadership for the first time in eight years -- a move that signals growing conservative influence in the powerful Republican caucus. 

Republican senators told The Associated Press today they expect Appropriations Committee Chairman Jake Corman of Centre County to challenge Pileggi.

The caucus is scheduled to hold leadership votes Wednesday, and a loss by Pileggi would shift caucus leadership away from Philadelphia's heavily populated and politically moderate suburbs.  

Corman did not respond to requests for comment. 

Senators John Eichelberger of Blair County and Don White of Indiana County say the move follows caucus contention over its failure to pass major legislation overhauling public pension benefits and privatizing the sale of liquor and wine.

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