Mar 23, 2018
Allentown Voters Are The Peanut Gallery
When I was a small boy, Howdy Doody, although a puppet, was a television star. The live audience in the TV studio was composed of children and was called the Peanut Gallery. That term has become a metaphor for a group with no real power. According to an article in the Morning Call the citizens of Allentown can have a say in picking the next mayor. They can attend the upcoming city council meetings and ask and comment about the applicants for interim mayor. Although the article implies that council will value their opinion, in reality they are just another Peanut Gallery.
I'm not sure who will be chosen next mayor. Although the article mentions that the charter may prohibit Roger MacLean from being eligible, the same charter rule would apply to Ray O'Connell. My hunch is that acting solicitor Dan McCatrhy's opinion on the charter will be disregarded, and that O'Connell will get the four votes. If MacLean decides that he likes the view from the fifth floor of city hall, he may fight for the position and get the nod. If indeed council decides to go outside of their current or immediate former self, Charlie Thiel will prevail.
Although the Peanut Gallery may hoot, holler and ask questions, their opinion will not count.