May 12, 2009
Politics, Allentown Style
Last week I was watching channel WFMZ-TV69, a segment about primary mayoral candidates. First was Edwin Pawlowski, then Dic......the screen went blank, both sound and video for a few seconds.... pon. Well, as it turns out, Dic Pon did better last week than Dick Nepon did this week. Unfortunately there was no video glitch this time, and Nepon had to explain a discrepancy in his resume. This posting is not about that discrepancy, but about how Allentown chews up and spits out political aspirations. First and obvious is that the incumbent has a bully platform. Witness Pawlowski's press conference yesterday about "Friends of the Parks" program. Excuse my ego, but somehow I can't help but think my blog recently helped precipitate that event, especially when "Mikie Will Say It" ended with the phrase "friends of the Park". How much coverage will the skeleton crew at The Morning Call be able to provide a minor candidate with press conferences this coming summer and fall? Another controversy has been the Call's position of making endorsements, a policy I never agreed with, nor benefited from. Even we here in the blogosphere play hardball; witness the Stoffa/McHale photo portrayals at a leading blog.
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