Jan 3, 2018
O'Connell's Bad Bet
Ray O'Connell made a bet last fall that seems to have turned out bad for both him and the city. As a highly promoted write-in candidate in the mayoral election, he effectively blocked Nat Hyman from being elected mayor. Pawlowski's win insured that Allentown will essentially be rudderless at least well into 2018. While O'Connell didn't believe that he would win the election, he did think that Pawlowski would likely resign in a plea deal, rather than face trial. It appears as if Mayor Ed is willing to take his chances in the courtroom. Furthermore, O'Connell believed that if Pawlowski went to court, when convicted the then acting mayor, Daryl Hendricks, would step aside after 30 days and that council would appoint him (O'Connell) mayor.
Last night it was Hendricks who stepped aside, allowing Roger MacLean to become council president and mayor, if Pawlowski happens to be convicted. I do not believe that Pawlowski's conviction is a certainty. In many ways Allentown has already lost. Pawlowski has formed a political block from a segment of the minority population, that proved this past November that it doesn't consider ethics a priority.
ADDENDUM: If MacLean happens to become mayor, either by Pawlowski's resignation or conviction, he is well qualified to lead Allentown out from under the cloud of Pawlowski's indictment.