Fred Anton opened the 2016 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference (PLC) in Harrisburg this past weekend with a word of caution: with the presidential election dominating the headlines, don’t lose focus on Senator Pat Toomey’s re-election and the elections of the down ticket Republicans.
“The Senate will have a big impact on who sits on the Supreme Court,” said Anton, who chairs both the PLC and the PMA. “In six states GOP senators are in jeopardy. Pat Toomey is a solid conservative and we have to get him re-elected.”
It’s fitting that the driving force of the conservative movement in Pennsylvania, Frederick W. Anton III, announced that he is remaining the Chairman of the Board of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association, but that David N. Taylor will now serve as President at the recent Pennsylvania Leadership Conference; a two-day issues forum that brings together activists from across the Commonwealth to share ideas, network, and discuss issues with conservative leaders and elected officials. The conservative movement in Pennsylvania has likewise thrived under Anton’s leadership.
Governor Tom Corbett won over the "Dean" of the Pennsylvania conservative movement the old fashioned way.
President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association, Frederick W. Anton III, told the 700 attending the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference last weekend in Camp Hill that Governor Corbett wasn't his first choice in the 2010 primary election. But that the Governor's record since the election has been exceedingly persuasive: restrained spending, a strong push to privatize liquor sales and distribution, and promotion of the economic benefits of the Marcellus Shale.