Phillips, one of Allentown's three remaining Republicans, is waging an uphill battle against a heavily-financed Democrat in a Democratic stronghold so partisan that its residents incredibly selected lightweight Sam Bennett over moderate Charlie Dent.
It's been my experience that Democrats usually stick up for the little guy while Rs sit around sipping martinis at the local country club. Not so in Allentown. Pawlowski has pretty much ignored struggling small business owners, whether they are Hamilton Street merchants adversely impacted by bus routing changes, a local golf course restaurateur, or a struggling downtown tavern owner. As can be seen in QCD comments, a local saloonkeeper is getting little sympathy in her struggle against Pawlowski's desire to put her out of business.
"My support for Mayor Pawlowski is now 200%. This woman profits by selling booze to drunks and creating this environment WHERE DRUGS ARE BOUGHT AND SOLD EVERY NIGHT and trying to tell us she has no choice but to do this to be able to educate her kids in white trash Parkland."
A lot of sympathy for a struggling small business there, eh? What does publicly financed Allentown Brew Works, managed by a Dem committeeman who is one of King Edwin's men, sell? Of course, the drunks are higher class. I'm sure the patrons use more refined drugs, too. I guess that makes all the difference in the world.