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Date Posted: 22:27:38 03/15/05 Tue
Author: No name
Subject: PA GOP Ldr Asher - Convicted Felon
In reply to: 's message, "Specter's Don Barnes Transfers Power to Asher" on 22:26:32 03/15/05 Tue

Associated Press 1996 Peter Durantine - Harrisburg PA "Dwyer Remembered 10 Years After Suicide" - Reporters were shouting "Don't Budd Don't"...Bud Dwyer ignored their pleas that snowy morning ten years ago today. as he stood before a flank of cameras in the state Treasurers ornate office with a 357 caliber Magnum in his mouth. Then he pulled the trigger. It was a scene that would appear nationwide in newspapers and on network television news. It shocked reporters who appeared at his news conference, unaware of Dwyer's intentions. It shook Pennsylvania's political world. For eight years from her desk in Dwyer's former office outgoing Treasurer Catherine Baker Knoll www.patreasury.org has faced the wood paneled wall that caught the ricocheting bullet after it exited Dwyer's head. She said it reminded her how bad politics can be. " I look at that bullet hole every day and I say, 'Never Me'". Knoll said last week "No one can buy me." Dwyer made the same claim as treasurer and most people who knew him believed he was incorruptible. Hew was an affable burly man with jowls. He came from a rural county and considered himself a country boy, an idealist. But more than a month before his suicide a federal jury found Dwyer guilty of agreeing to accept a $300,000 bribe in exchange for awarding a $4.6 million contract to a California firm Computer Technology Associates www.cta.com . No money changed hands because the conspiracy collapsed weeks after the contract have been signed. Dwyer facing a maximum term of 56 years in prison swore his innocence until the end. Before pulling the trigger, white-faced and sweating profusely claimed the justice system unfair. He read from a 20 page statement, the last page of which was delivered to reporters after he killed himself. In the final page he urged his wife Joanne and his supporters to "fight for a true justice system here in the United States." "Goodbye to all of you on the count of three." he said "Please make sure that a sacrifice of my life is not in vain." A supporter from his hometown in Blooming Valley, Crawford county PA answered that call. Loraine Yuhasz has written a book about the 47 year old Republican's life.....

Asher is the National Committee Man for the PA GOP.
National Committeeman Co-Finance Chairman, Bob Asher
A BUSINESS PERSONBoard of Directors' Co-Chairman, Asher's Chocolates (4th generation family candy business of C.A. Asher), major candy-making and national distribution center at Souderton, PA, with operations also in Historic Germantown area of Philadelphia and Lewistown, PA. Asher's annually produces more than 6 million pounds of confectioneries for national and international distribution. AN INVOLVED CITIZEN: Pennsylvania member of Republican National Committee, appointed 1998
Chairman, Development Committee, Nature Conservancy of Pennsylvania Board of Directors, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Advisory Board; and Salvation Army, Philadelphia Region Member, Pennsylvania Society
Philadelphia Zoological Society Session of Oreland (PA) Presbyterian Church Union League of Philadelphia
Academy Club of Germantown Academy Leadership Council, Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania Avalon (NJ) Yacht Club Old York Road Country Club, Gwynedd, PA
Chairman, Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania, 1983-1986 Chairman, Montgomery State County (PA) Republican Committee, 1978-1986 State Chairman, PA Governor Dick Thornburgh's successful re-election campaign committee, 1982 Delegate, Republican National Convention, Detroit 1980 and Dallas 1984 Commissioner, Springfield Township, Montgomery County, PA 1968-1971 CIVIC RECOGNITION
Humanitarian Award, Montgomery County (PA) Association for Retarded Citizens Special Award/Recognition, Valley Forge (PA) Council, Boy Scouts of America Good Citizenship Award, Union League of Philadelphia

Graduate, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and Commerce, Philadelphia, B.S. in Economics (Class of 1960) Graduate, Germantown Academy, Fort Washington, PA (Class of 1955)
U.S. Army veteran, active duty and reserve status
Born 9/7/37, Philadelphia, PA Married to former Joyce Webb, with three children, son Jeff, daughters Jill and Jodi, all married and with three grandchildren.
Montgomery County, PA resident more than 35 years

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