Jul 31, 2017
Allentown's New Political Era
In his column on Sunday, Bill White uses a Winnie The Pooh analogy, that he hopes that Pawlowski supporters start wising up, and realize that he is not the leader that he purports to be.
Ed's supporters know exactly what he is. They're not voting for integrity, instead they're betting on someone who might share the honey with them. They're not voting for a better Allentown, they're voting for bigger piece of the pie for themselves.
The new constituency which Pswlowski cobbled together for his primary victory will continue on past November's election, regardless of who wins. Rather than looking forward to a more ethical Allentown, I think that we have seen the beginning of a Tammany Hall. Even if we luck out with someone other than Pawlowski for the next mayor, he created a blueprint for a new era of self-interest politics.
I can appreciate that some of my readers may find this post less than optimistic in outlook. Thst's good, because we are going to need all the idealists available to counter the coming opportunists.