May 6, 2008
Pam and Sam Not Playing Well
In recent memory Allentown has two women who aspired to be Mayor, Pam Varkony and Sam Bennett. If I was less politically correct, and willing to catch a storm of hell, I might refer to them as alpha females, but I won't. Pam heads an organization designed to empower women, and is both a MSM columnist and blogger. Sam heads a do-gooder organization, Properties of Merit, and is a Democratic Party activist. As a candidate for United States Congress in the 15th district against Charlie Dent, Sam has been the target of two recent columns by Pam Varkony. The first column concentrated on supposed fundraising misinformation. The current column concerns salary controversies at Properties of Merit. In the past I have been critical of the program itself; just because a couple of guys buy a new house, and plant flower boxes the first year, i don't think they deserve a trophy. To me the long term homeowner who keeps his property presentable, year in and year out, regardless of a declining neighborhood, is the property of merit. But putting aside my incendiary remarks, let's read Pam's. First she states,
"There was a case in Pittsburgh where a politician's wife did pretty much the same thing: Started a small non-profit, received government money, then took a large salary." Sort of sounds like Bennett started Properties of Merit to end up with a large salary. In fairness to Sam, she started Properties of Merit many years ago; I know because I have been criticizing the concept for a long time. Pam later writes, "I realize that the POM program, when properly managed and executed, has value...."
In fairness to Pam this post is a reaction to the juxtaposition of Sam's treatment in the local blogosphere. On the comment section of Bernie O'Hare's site she is being assaulted by even fellow liberal democrats. I always had a soft spot for the underdog.
CLARIFICATION: Both the quotes I contribute to Pam were made in the comment section, when she was reacting to comments made by other people about her posting.