Lee Ann Burkholder, communications director for the York 912 Patriots, said state Rep. Seth Grove, R- Dover Township, was invited to tonight’s meeting on property tax reform but declined to come.
In a phone interview, he told me why.
“I think it’s obvious that they have no interest in having open discussion,” Grove said. “…They’re interested in power and their own agenda, rather than working to better the commonwealth.”
Burkholder saw things differently.
“It seems that representative Grove is only interested in meeting with constituents who view him favorably. … Not that we don’t view him favorably, but he is not willing to face somebody who will take him to task,” she said.
Grove criticized the organization’s leadership, but he said he wished “their membership the best. I think there are a lot of great people in there that are looking to do good.”
At the meeting tonight, the local tea party group will examine and compare two property tax reform bills being considered by state lawmakers: House Bill 2230, proposed by Grove; and House Bill 1776, proposed by state Rep. Jim Cox, R-Berks County.
Grove said he and Cox recently appeared together at an event in Lancaster County to discuss property tax reform.
Burkholder said members of the York 912 Patriots wanted to have Cox at the event tonight.
“But you can’t invite a rep from another area without permission from the rep that lives in your area. So because Seth wouldn’t come, we couldn’t have Jim Cox,” Burkholder said.
She said that invitation process is protocol for representatives in the state House.
The York 912 Patriots event will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, 2000 Loucks Road in West Manchester Township.
I’ll be tweeting from it.