Nov 8, 2017
Post Election Revelations
Although I have previously recommended candidates, my efforts towards yesterday's election were much beyond my normal. I felt that whatever influence I may wield, this was the time to use it. The idea of electing a fourth term mayor who would immediately be completely preoccupied with a corruption trial was something which I had to fight against. In the course of such combat I have been uncomfortably harsh against some other candidates and officials.
I've always had a good rapport with Ray O'Connell and considered him worthy of the mayorship. However, as a write-in, I felt that he would siphon votes from Hyman, who I considered the preferred alternative to Pawlowski on the ballot.
Probably the city official I have been most critical of is park director Lindsay Taylor. This is because the park system is the part of the city I know and care the most about. Although I believe that the department needs new priorities, I do not believe that it needs a new director. The city could benefit from Taylor's experience and growing familiarity with the large park system.
I have been critical of The Morning Call and their coverage of the election. Although Emily Opilo co-authored many of those stories, I find her an excellent reporter, whose efforts have benefited Allentown.
Here in the local blogosphere, earlier in the year I speculated that a commenter, Monkey Momma, might be Bernie O'Hare. Recently, Monkey Momma introduced herself to me. Although I immediately disclosed the encounter to O'Hare, it's also necessary to disclose it to my general audience.
Last night a woman told me that she voted straight Democratic as a protest against Donald Trump. It appears that she was not alone with her inappropriate use of the ballot on the local level. The anti-Trump sentiment could well have been a factor in many county races. In the close Allentown mayoral race, Hyman would have easily prevailed, had he been alone on the ballot with Pawlowski. Ray O'Connell may well end up mayor as Allentown's Trial Of The Century starts in early 2018.