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Bedford Inquirer (Newspaper) - October 15, 1971, Bedford, Pennsylvania Established y 16 Bedford october 1971 vote to pressure Shopp in elections dissident dems strike Back Over patronage the die was cast at Bedford sunday by a statewide organization of democrats incensed Over governor Milton Shapps handling of the patronage York attorney Allen chairman of the 36 county original supporters of Shapp for said the group voted overwhelmingly to oppose Robert Nix and Louis the party nominees for the state supreme the move is in retaliation for what the group claims is Shapps rewarding of his rather than his with patronage Smith said his organization would work to defeat the pair As a show of the original supporters have been sort of laughed off by Manderine and Nix As Well As he they like we comprise 80 but our influence goes into the perhaps hundreds of were going to show Milt Shapp that he has no nor does the democratic state without this i think hell recognize what weve done when the results come Smith said Shapp has been stumping for the the dissident democrats met at the Holiday inn at Bedford to formalize unofficial plans to oppose Nix and the tactic is not development Council elects plans to install Council names group to boost restoration restoration of a problem which has been plaguing this Community for Many became a topic for discussion at the regular monthly of the Bedford development Council and a committee was composed entirely of new members of the to pursue the possibilities in this Ronald a leading exponent of a cohesive program for was named As chairman by president Donald Gallagher of the development ser ving with him will be Donald Harold Hill and Ned in an unscheduled Markwood pointed out that restoration could mean a considerable economic boost to a Community for which other avenues seem High he pointed Are a Lon term and Industry is not breaking Down our but attracted by a newly restored downtown could mean the actual outlay could be if the entire project is members Council members noted that interest has run High in the particularly since the development of plans around which a beginning could be Roadman said he could obtain the set of standards used in Ligonier restoration plans taken from windows be Fords restoration haltingly underway for Over ten years has been sidetracked the latest episode indicated violent opposition from at least one owner of a downtown and the plans and pictures for the restoration have vanished from the two downtown windows where people were beginning to get interested in the plans were developed by a Perm state architectural student this and forwarded by the sponsoring the Turnpike District development they were placed in two downtown windows last week for the fall foliage in order that local people might see what is possible for their people in taking a look at the particularly after the Gazette published a front Page picture of the but one a professional stormed into one of the stores tuesday morning and demanded that the lady in charge take them she because they we rent her later that the Man was i want you to take them the Pic Tures off and i want you to do it right now he threatened to have her she at the second another building also a professional made a similar though less of opposition to the the store owner tried in vain to Point out the value of the the volunteers of the fall festival then removed the entire with great Donald Gallagher was reelected As president of the Bedford development Council at its regular monthly held at the coach room Friday who has served As president since Perry Wilson was forced to retire for reasons of was the unanimous Choice of the also reelected were Hugo who has served As and Meredith who has served As both have served since the development Council was Donald Dearment was named As Vic president of the the election of officers was scheduled As an annual event after the development Council was expanded to include additional Community leaders in the civic and professional plans were announced for an annual installation to be held november it is hoped that state Secretary of Commerce Walter Arader will attend that George Edward Mcdevitt and Walter Grobert Are serving As the committee on arrangements for this president Gallagher announced that he will announce standing committees in the near an executive to be composed of the officers and three chairmen of standing com will be activated for the first Man still critical David who sustained critical injuries when his car ran off the Turnpike eight Miles West of the Bedford interchange was still listed in critical condition monday at Altoona general of was in the intensive care unit where he was transferred after preliminary examination at county an end in but is designed to Force Shapp to re evaluate his position on the grup feels Shapp has deserted his primary and general election supporters by handing out lucrative patronage jobs to other party some of whom actively opposed among the groups 80 members Are three from Bedford Carl Bowser of Alum Clyde and Michael Jay chaired the county citizens for Shapp during the Cam Smith said the turnout sunday was overwhelming both in numbers and at least 70 or 75 people were some who travelled hundreds of with the groups strategy the next meeting will not be held until Smith the next meeting will be held after the he hopefully in at that time Well conduct a postmortem in Manderine and the significance of Sun Days Smith was that the group voted to actively work against the supreme court rather than just withhold the dissident leaders will urge democrats in their respective counties to either vote vote for the Republican court or not vote at Smith said the original supporters feel Shapp bears Overall responsibility for the patronage but their main goal is to Force the governor to fire state patronage directors Samuel Begler and Dennis Smith were former labor leaders in the Pittsburgh area and have no personnel experience in terms of knowing the various departments and the com position of these departments in the Smith i think from the very beginning the governor Felt he did not want to be involved in patronage he wanted to run the Organus of government and leave patronage matters to his Shapp has admitted he knows the situation Smith after first taking the position he didst know this was despite the groups efforts to depose Begler and we recognize he Shapp is the source of their he could replace them with two other people equally As careless and Smith the original supporters maintain that they were responsible to a Large extent for Shapps the Gazette asked Smith if he Felt Shapp should fire democrats already a he we feel they have gotten the posts to begin they should be out if they we rent for Smith pulled no punches in his criticism of the governor and pinpointed several examples to support his groups the auditor general Robert Casey people have been he and the county chairmen have been taken care of although Many were not for Shapp in the primary or general the solid supporters who formed raised funds and worked within the these people have been left without a Hes written them Ive never seen anybody forget their friends As fast As Milt Shapp did these they hosted Shapp and his wife in their own Homes during the gave up their time and one Man spent Between and just for they were chastised for having worked for an in dependent in the but they really wanted him As now Many people Are saying Shapps enemies Are being we have a Man in York county who just got a sales tax he was never Active politically because he was an internal Revenue agent All his this group at its first meeting formed a committee to see the governor to straighten out the i spent four weeks trying to set up an i got the runaround and the meeting never came he ducked Smith recalled that during the primary Campaign Shapp first came to him to organize support in York the organization had voted to oppose him and did in the but with my efforts and help from a couple labor Shapp still carried the Smith Smith also charged cum Berland county democratic chairman William Feuchtenberger with character he sent Smith a Lettera Cusing him of political Smith he said i was making Nix and Manderine sacrificial but Hes on the Nix Manderine Smith said Feuchtenberger opposed Shapp in the but he got the inheritance tax appraisers Job and his wife got the vital statistics so you can see Why Hes Smith exuded Confidence in his interview with the our next meeting will be sometime in he

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