Northampton County has 149 voting precincts. We should, therefore, have 298 persons serving the Democratic party in Northampton County, a man and woman in each district. But only about 195 people were elected last Spring. The local chair can appoint members in precincts having no elected members, but he's having trouble. The website practically begs people to get involved.
On Saturday, Boss Long's county committee decided to endorse candidates seeking the Nazareth and Slate Belt district seats for Northampton County Council. Neither seat is county-wide. The county committee gave no endorsement to candidates seeking local offices in Bethlehem or Easton. But for reasons that elude me, it selected Sunshine Act violator Lamont McClure over reformer Will Power in Nazareth. And the Slate Belt seat was awarded to John Maher over Bill Hall.
Veteran reporter Madeleine Mathias tells us seventy-five people attended this coronation ceremony. That statement led me to believe that there were seventy-five committee members involved. Maher's 20-12 endorsement, I surmised, came from the committee people in his slate belt district. But guess what? Just thirty-two people were allowed to decide on behalf of the entire county Democratic party, a mere sixteen percent of the popularly elected committee members. Only ten percent voted to endorse Maher. How many of these committee members were actually from the slate belt district? Your guess is as good as mine, but it had to be significantly less than ten percent.
Do you think a law enacted by ten percent of Congress or the state legislature would have any validity? Welcome to the world of Dem boss Joe Long.
Will Power, aggravated by this obvious insult to the democratic process, was tossed out of the meeting. Joe Long, Rodney Applegate, Charles Dertinger and William Wallace turned the Power off. These Dems are scared to death of the people. Power has his own first hand account. John Maher tells me Power was being "disruptive." It's called democracy, John. Let the people decide. Is that so hard?
Just a few weeks ago, council candidates turned in their nomination petitions. County Councilman Ron Angle told John Maher there were all kinds of problems with Hall's petition. He also told Bill Hall there were all kinds of problems with Maher's petition. And he was right! Both petitions are screwed up. Now Ron was just trying to trick potential adversaries into cancelling each other out. But they refused to take the bait, just like the trout I tried to angle on Saturday. Maher and Hall both told me the people should decide these matters, not judges. Looks like Maher has had an unfortunate change of heart. He's increasingly looking like a Joe Long puppet.
I'm told state rep. Rich Grucela had a statement for the small segment of the committee who actually attended Saturday's meeting. He opposes party endorsement of candidates in contested races. He's right. A party who predecides its candidates in dark bars, leads to public officials who will predecide the people's business behind closed doors. It results in only 195 people getting elected to a body that should have 298 seats.
Everyone else thinks they have a better chance fishing or playing ball.