It's only a matter of time now before the Phillips screwdrivers begin their work, attempting to marginalize him as they do with every critic.
Phillips is a twenty-two year veteran of the Allentown police department and a life-long Allentown resident. He's a Moravian grad, and teaches in Philly. He's also a victim of racial discrimination, documented extensively in a federal district court opinion. Phillips was forced to work for over ten years with an officer who wore a swastika pin on his uniform and made racist remarks.
Phillips has been called a "chowderhead" and "halfwit" for opposing Allentown's bond refinancing scheme. He has criticized the $73,000 salary paid to the city's information technology director. He opposed a 54% payhike for Allentown's next mayor. He stood up for suffering Hamilton Street merchants - most of them minorities - when they were thrown under the bus by LANTA. He dared complain when the city tried to get a special booze license for Johnny Mañana's - an upscale nonlocal eatery that will send all of its profits out of the city - while thumbing its nose at less trendy establishments.
Pawlowski called Phillips a "lone wolf." As far as I'm concerned, that's a compliment. But then again, some of us prefer independent thinkers to bobbleheads.
Pawlowski also complains that Phillips merely switched parties "as a tool for self-promotion and self-aggrandizement.'' Horrors! That's rich, especially from a dude whose face is plastered all over a municipal web page paid for by taxpayers. Allentonians also pay for a web page that tells us Ed is a "leader with skills honed by experience." Wow! And when Ed first got here from Chicago, he hit the road running because of his "already impressive resume." Oh, yeah, he's also helped "thousands of people" live that American dream.
I'll be sitting down with Tony later this month. I'll have more to say then.