Oct 7, 2016
Partisan Politics of Lehigh County
Glenn Eckhart is one of the partisan smiley faces in Lehigh County. Eckhart had backed Marc Grammes for state rep in the primary race, to replace retiring Julie Harhart. Another candidate, Cindy Miller, successfully challenged Grammes' nomination petition. The Republican victor ended up being Zach Mako, a young man backed by Harhart. Like dutiful partisans, Grammes and Eckhart are now baking cakes for Mako. The fly on the cake icing is that both of them are totally aware of how unprepared Mako is for such a position. I suspect that they expect Democrat Phillips Armstrong to prevail, allowing Grammes his fourth try in 2018. But, never mind that, Mako is the party's candidate this election, and they're baking him a cake.
As a disclaimer, I should reveal that I tested the water to run as an outsider Republican, but received no feedback from the party machine. As an independent on the ballot in 2014, even the Morning Call conceded that I stood out in the debate with Harhart and the Democrat.