In the past few days, some interesting things have happened here in Allentown.
Rich Fegley was almost escorted out of City Council chambers for nothing more radical than invoking basic American political philosophy in a cogent, respectable, orderly manner.
Michael Donovan announced his independent run for Mayor.
Kim Velez got reinstated on the ballot for City Council, and Tim Brennan implicated Mike Fleck and Mayor Ed Pawlowski in the bid to stop her. Broad and Pennsylvania opines here. Jon Geeting here. Emily Opilo with the Morning Call story here. Every council member up for re-election who voted against putting the controversial plan to lease Allentown’s water on the ballot is vulnerable to the current crop of challengers. Could that be why Mike Fleck, political consultant to the Mayor and to council members Julio Curidy and Cynthia Mota (both Administration allies and potential recipients of PAC funds from the Mayor), hired Tim Brennan? As Rich Wilkins puts it:
The bigger news is that Tim Brennan said under oath that he was hired by Mike Fleck, the consultant to Julio Guridy, Cynthia Mota, and Mayor Ed Pawlowski, meaning that the incumbent team in Allentown wanted her off the ballot. So Mayor Pawlowski apparently condoned this sham-job. Awesome.
Earlier today, this item from Yale University Press came through my WordPress reader: The Reality of Democracy in Retreat. An excerpt:
That’s all we’re saying. That’s why we’re trying to get a Clean Air Ordinance on the ballot. That’s why we want public input on the plan to lease Allentown’s water . That’s why we’re fed up with seeing Allentown politics treated like a higher-office mint. That’s why I’m voting in the primary. That’s why I’ll support Michael Donovan in the fall.
- Eyes and Ears on Allentown Water Deal (chriscocca.com)
- More than 5 million Pennsylvanians live in financially distressed municipalities (watchdog.org)