May 31, 2012

Teflon Don

The article in The Morning Call on May 23 announcing the pending appointment of Don Cunningham as director of LVEDC was pretty amazing. Written by local veteran newsman Scott Kraus, it said that Cunningham served two terms as mayor of Bethlehem. We, who do not think that Cunningham can walk on water, know that he resigned as mayor to take an appointment by Rendell in Harrisburg. He resigned in the same way that he is now resigning to take the Development job.
 In today's article*, Kraus again doesn't mention the Bethlehem resignation, and glosses over the current County Executive walk-a-way. Everyone should run for some office at least once, if only for a close up view of professional pols in action. When I sat next to Cunningham in 2005, I was amazed how Clintonesquely the folksy words rolled off his lips. He introduced his father as an ex-steel worker, and shucks, was just one of us. As Bethlehem Mayor for one and a half terms, he rode to Harrisburg on a series of press conferences about projects for the Bethlehem Steel property, none of which came to fruition. Coming back to run against Jane, 70% tax hike, Erwin, was a cakewalk. Now, after one and a half terms as County Executive, he's off to the proverbial Gracedale of Politics, LVEDC. He promises in today's article to make the agency bigger, hide your wallet.

*The prominent article in the Thursday May 31 hardcopy paper is difficult to find on the website. It can be found  under business articles, under the extended more articles click spot.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I thought the Bridge Commission was the Gracedale for pols.

Anonymous said...

How convenient for Scott to forget Don did not complete his mayoral duties and now is not completing his county.

Anonymous said...

MM, Did you see this?
Courtesy: Express Times
"The owner of Allentown’s daily newspaper is streamlining its corporate structure for the possible sale of publishing and broadcast units after its exit from bankruptcy, according to a report. Chicago-based Tribune Co. recently filed a document with the Delaware court handling its 3-year-old bankruptcy that shows it will collect its units into fewer subsidiaries as part of its reorganization, according to Crain’s, a Chicago-based business publication."

Anonymous said...

The Morning Call kinda reminds me of the Mayfair situation. The public cries out for better quality but the owners refuse to listen. Business drops, profits too, yet nothing changes.

GW said...

Have a feeling hes going to LVEDC to lesson the fears of the townships about their future development uncertanties. No dought in my mind he will defend them against any major negative impact.

Anonymous said...

This whole valley is a f'in joke. ReNew Lehigh Valley,ha. They left town. Good, bunch. of a..holes.

Anonymous said...

Ah yes. RenNew Lehigh Valley, the second wave of yuppies who think living in hell-hole cities ruined by liberals is really a wonderful thing.....until they turn 40 years of age. Then it's off to South Whitehall they go!