May 15, 2017
The Docility Of The Allentown Liberal
I continue to be amazed by the multiple personality of the local Democrats. While anguished over Trump in Washington, they seem to tolerate a Boss Tweed in Allentown. As I've posted before, I think that Pawlowski has the edge in Tuesday's election, having assembled a coalition of minority shareholders. While he doesn't have the support of their organized groups, he has tirelessly campaigned in the barber shops of center city, and other such enclaves. As mayor he has flattered that demographic by attending their birthday parties. He has given out City trinkets, and promised more, if re-elected.
Just as the large field of candidates helped Trump win the Republican Primary, the large field of Democrats will help Pawlowski on Tuesday. With seven candidates dividing up less than seven thousand primary votes, his strategy will probably prevail.
If he does win, Allentown may well have it's first Republican mayor in almost two decades come November. Chances are that Pawlowski will be indicted before the general election. Although, still eligible for office until and unless convicted, such negative publicity could propel the Republican candidate to victory.
ADDENDUM: In his post today, Bernie O'Hare tries to make a case that I have been absent from this election, and as an opposer of the little people, that he so nobly champions. Bernie thinks of himself as a masterful lawyer, and his readers as a pliable jury. In today's post, he cloaks himself repeatedly with the word integrity. In truth he is a manipulator, who endlessly tries to promote people he likes, and injure those that he doesn't. His methodology is becoming transparent to more and more people.