Nov 7, 2017
The Last Hurrah
Sunday was the last hurrah for The Morning Call trying to shape the election; the paper's circulation is much less on Monday and Tuesday. Ed Pawlowski must have been very pleased with the article. It said that he shepherded in the new downtown development. Although it happen on his watch, and Brown and Reilly let him to cut a few ribbons, he was less than incidental. Actually, he tried to use those backdrops as his ticket to ride out of town. with campaigns both for governor and senator. The paper also said "In October, he triumphantly opened the city’s long-shuttered Cedar Beach Pool for a one-weekend event, weeks after the rest of the city’s pools closed for the season." There was no mention of the overcosts, or that he knew that the pool was leaking, but went ahead with the pre-election ploy anyway.
In addition to glossing over Pawlowski's indiscretions, the article took a shot at Hyman, saying that he spent less than what was anticipated. Anticipated by whom? Considering that Pawlowski and Hyman raised about the same amount of money, and presumedly will spend about the same, the statement about Hyman was pejorative.
I suppose from a newspaper point of view, a sitting mayor on trial for corruption is about as juicy as it gets. However, for those of us who have a stake in Allentown's future, let us hope that Hyman prevails.