RCAC Weekly Newsletter
Chairman's Address
Dear Friends,

My sincere thanks to all of you on behalf of the RCAC for making our annual Lincoln Day dinner such a great success! We far exceeded capacity at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott with over 400 attending the event. It was great to see so much participation from the Young Republicans, as well as the College Republicans from the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Robert Morris University, Waynesburg University, Washington & Jefferson University, and Grove City College.

Senator Pat Toomey delivered an inspiring keynote (in lieu of Senator Tom Cotton who could not attend last minute due to illness). Pat's fondness for our community was loud and clear in his address and we thank him for his leadership and dedicated service. In addition, we had Congressman Tim Murphy, Congressman Keith Rothfus (video address), Speaker Mike Turzai, and PA GOP Chair Val DiGiorgio all delight the audience with their speeches. Our appreciation goes out to all the elected officials and dignitaries in attendance.

Congratulations to all our award winners:
  • Jacqueline Baguet Young Republican Award - Samuel J. Hurst, City of Pgh. 
  • Spirit of Lincoln Award - Ann Harrold, Ross Township
  • Ronald Reagan Award - West Deer Republican Committee (Chair, Bronco Brnardic)
  • B. Kenneth Simon Award - Lance T. Shaner & Mathias R. Shaner
Thanks to all our sponsors, to the many who purchased tables, donated items for auctions, and those who advertised in the program. Accolades to the co-chairs of this event, Marianne Stearns and Ann Harrold, and numerous volunteers who made all the logistics work flawlessly. Compliments to all the committee men and women who joined to make this such a festive event.
Inspired by your overwhelming positive feedback, we are already working on next year's Lincoln Day Dinner. Stay tuned to find out who our keynote speaker is going to be. All of us here at the RCAC look forward to seeing you at next year's Lincoln Day dinner.
D. Raja
Republican Committee of Allegheny County 

Meet the Candidates

Judge Paula Patrick
Candidate for Pennsylvania Superior Court

Judge Paula Patrick was recently awarded the "highest recommendation" by the Pennsylvania Bar Association for her work as a judge in the largest Common Pleas court system in the state.  Paula Patrick has served in the juvenile, family, criminal, and civil divisions for more than 14 years, during which she's written more than 400 opinions. Paula Patrick is seeking nomination on the Republican Ticket for Pennsylvania Superior Court in 2017.

Judge Patrick has shown a commitment to her community, profession, education, and family. For the past two years Judge Patrick has served as adjunct professor for the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at LaSalle University. In addition to her work as a professor, Judge Patrick served in numerous community organizations, from being a board member for Schuylkill Women, to working pro bono for Philadelphia KIDSCAP (Kids Custody Assistance Project).

What prepared Paula Patrick for her work as a civil servant and judge was her education.  Judge Patrick is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina where she earned a B.A. degree in Political Science. She earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas.

Shortly after graduating law school, Judge Patrick moved to Philadelphia and was admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District for the Northern District of Maryland, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.  She is the founder of the Law Office of Paula A. Patrick, P.C., a general litigation practice covering a variety of practices including criminal defense and family law.

After nearly a decade advocating for the people at her law firm, Patrick was elected as a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in 2003. She made her bid in January of 2017 for the Superior Court and made history when she became the first black woman to win the endorsement of the Pennsylvania Republican Party for a statewide election. Her distinguished record and firm commitment to upholding the Constitution have earned her a reputation for patent integrity and for serving the citizens of Pennsylvania with justice.  Despite her hard work and commitment to Pennsylvania, Judge Patrick says "I'm never too busy- no matter what's on the docket" for her nine year old Josiah.  Make sure to vote for Judge Paula Patrick in the Primary on May 16th, and then in the General Election on November 7th.


Republican Committee of Moon Township is Selling Elephant Pins
The Republican Committee of Moon Township is selling elephant pins for $10.00  each.  They will mail for an additional $2.00 per pin and  combined shipping for multiple orders to same address will be available.  Please contact Laura Schisler at lalajosan@gmail.com or 412-716-3978 for more information or to place an order.

Inform RCAC of Upcoming Events
RCAC would like to partner with the local committees, and candidate campaigns in ensuring a presence at these events.  We believe this is an excellent opportunity to recruit volunteers and committee members, distribute candidate information, and register individuals to vote. If you are aware of any upcoming events, please email the details to Ryan Rabea at Director@rcac.net.
Republican Committee of Allegheny County Internship
Location: Green Tree, PA
Position: Part Time / Unpaid. Compensation is available for travel.  
The Republican Committee of Allegheny County is currently looking for motivated, politically interested individuals for internships. Initially, the position will require 15-20 hours a week. Certain weeks will require more time than others, depending on the political schedule. This is a great opportunity to build valuable campaign experience and establish long lasting relationships in the world of Pennsylvania politics. 

 Duties will include:
  • Coordinating events
  • Voter Contact / community outreach
  • Attending local events
  • Assisting office and campaigns
  • Research
  • Social media
  • General office tasks

Please email your resume to:

Ryan Rabea

Executive Director


Words of Wisdom

"High tax rates don't stop rich people from being rich; they stop everyone else from getting rich,"
 -George Gilder from "Knowledge and Power"

Trivia Question

Who was confirmed today by the U.S. Senate as a Supreme Court justice by a 54 to 45 vote?

A. Thomas Hardiman
B. John Roberts
C. Neil Gorsuch
D. Anthony Kennedy
RCAC Needs Your Support
RCAC is the voice of the Republican Party in Allegheny County providing guidance and support to candidates and volunteers. RCAC maintains an office space and staff year-round. Our goals include increasing the registration of Republican voters and assist in electing Republicans to office.
We are now able to accept online donations.  To donate please follow the link HERE that will direct you to our websites Donation Page, or make out a check to "RCAC" and send to Republican Committee of Allegheny County, 100 Fleet Street Suite 205, Pittsburgh, PA 15220.  We would encourage all Republicans to please consider assisting us with financial support.  
Where Do Your Dollars Go?
  • Cost and maintenance of the RCAC Headquarters office
  • Technology: Phones, Computers, Website, Facebook outreach
  • Education & Services to Voters and Candidates
  • Training for Candidates and volunteers
  • Providing Caucuses, Assemblies, and Meetings as mandated by State Law, and our RCAC By-laws
Trivia Answer

Answer:  C  -  Neil Gorsuch was confirmed today by the U.S. Senate to be 113th justice of the Supreme Court.
Do You Have President Trump's Back

Since Election Day, the radical left and their allies in the media have been working overtime to viciously attack and undermine President Trump.
To put it bluntly: They want to kill our agenda to Make America Great Again!

Our party, President Trump and GOP elected officials will continue to be targeted by paid protestors and radical leftists until we fight back.

We need your help right NOW to fight back. With your help, we will recruit and train a grassroots army of new volunteers committed to defeating the radical left and Making America Great Again.

Will you show that you have President Trump's back by contributing $100, $50, $25 or even $5 today by going to this Link.

Thank you for all that you do to keep our party strong,

Grassroots Tip
Door-to-Door Canvassing
Door-to-door visits by candidates or committee members are a very effective means to get a candidate's message to the voter.  Although some may dislike canvassing, it is important to remember that most people are kind and interested in hearing what you have to say.  The canvasser cannot be discouraged by a voter's initial annoyance with being interrupted.  Be friendly and quickly state why you are there.  Once they understand that you do not want a donation, and you are not selling anything, and you don't want to convert them to a new religion, they are usually receptive.  Inexperienced canvassers should first go along with those who have good technique to model themselves after an expert.
The canvasser should take the following items:  
1. A street list with the names and addresses, and party affiliation of the voters. 
2. A brief list of bullet points that you want to cover about the candidate.  
3. Brochure about the candidate to leave with voter.  
4. Report sheet to record responses and questions from voters.
A typical script should be brief: "Hello Mr. Jones, my name is Suzie Grassroots, and I'm running for Plum Borough School Board.  I'm running to limit spending while still providing a great education for our children at a cost that is affordable to the taxpayer.  I hope you will consider our entire team of candidates running this year for school board and municipal offices on Primary Election Day on May 16." 
Give the voter a brochure, and then leave and record the results.