May 12, 2021
Enid Santiago and Emma Tropiano
Readers of this blog know that for the last two days I posted about Enid Santiago, and her loss in the June 2nd primary election to Peter Schweyer. Although Santiago lost by 55 votes, she has been claiming election fraud and corruption. The county election board granted her a hearing yesterday to consider her complaints. Center stage, as mentioned in previous posts, was Ev Bickford darkening some ovals that were too faint for the scanner to read. Santiago was also complaining of several people, including her mother, who were turned away from voting. Santiago explained that Puerto Ricans use hyphenated and/or double names and/or multiple surnames, and that the poll workers should allow for every possible combination. It appeared as if the board entertained every possible irregularity that she could throw at the wall, and with each subsequent complaint becoming more frivolous, they allowed her lawyer to drone on for five hours.
In 1997 Emma Tropiano lost the Democratic primary by one vote. Although she was very upset, and pursued appropriate challenges, she made no allegations of stealing an election by systematic rigging, fraud, and corruption. Worse yet for Allentown's future, is the cast of so called leaders who support Santiago's failure to accept that she lost the election. Even the local Republican party, ever trying to ingratiate themselves closer with the hispanic community, petitioned the DA to investigate irregularities on her behalf.
At the end of the hearing Ev Bickford was sacrificed on the alter of wokeness by the Election Board, with their recommendation that she be investigated by the District Attorney and the Penna. Attorney General for violations of the election code.
If Chief Election Clerk Tim Benyo thought he had a problem getting people to work the polls for the primary, wait until November.
The future of local politics in Allentown looks indeed bleak.
reprinted from July of 2020