Thursday, May 14, 2009
Dally Draws Some Democratic Support
To the Long Dems, it is a capital offense to so much as whisper a word of encouragement to one of them thar' dirty Republicans. John Stoffa, for example, was excommunicated because he dared appoint some Republicans to cabinet level positions. It makes no difference that Fiscal Affairs Director Vic Mazziotti has come up with ways to save Northampton County nearly $10 million annually. It matters not that Director of Administration John Conklin has implemented programs that save lives, like reverse 911 and pictometry (enables 911 dispatchers to tell people how to escape a burning building). They are evil Republicans, and Stoffa must be evil because he hired them. So Long Dems drum up someone to run against Stoffa and even give that person the local machine's endorsement.
It takes some moxie to go against the machine. But that's exactly what state rep. Joe Brennan and Bethlehem City Councilman Bob Donchez have done. These two Democrats are willing to support Craig Dally, a Republican, for judge. This certainly says something about Craig's unique qualifications for the bench. But it speaks volumes about Joe and Bob, both of whom are risking party wrath to do the right thing.
Update: My own state rep., Rich Grucela, has just informed me that he is yet another Democrat who endorses Republican Craig Dally for judge. He's participated in a mailer and has even taped robo calls for Craig. He also supports Judge Zito, a recent Republican convert, and Jim Narlesky.