Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Dennis Lieb Has a Fleckin' Surprise

Couldn't happen to a nicer guy!

Easton mayoral candidate and Pawlowski campaign manager Mike Fleck has been cruising along, collecting "pay to play" paychecks from King Edwin, without a care in the world. Life is good.

Few people could be worse for Easton than Mike Fleck. In his first unsuccessful Easton mayoral bid, he claimed to be both a Moravian College grad and a business administrator at some used car dealer. He lied. After going down in flames, Fleck suddenly became a political consultant who fleeced state house candidate Archie Follweiler out of an obscene $21,000 over just 11 weeks. Most western Lehigh County Dems now run when they see him, hands on their wallets.

Fleck then decided to be a politician again and ran for mayor a second time, this time against Sal Panto. Despite plastering signs on everything, from telephone poles to shad swimming up the Delaware, Fleck flamed out again. In that election, he was sued by an ex-girlfriend over money she had borrowed for him. He was also charged with theft of services when he dumped a bunch of Fleck signs and old gym trunks in an Autozone trash bin. Those charges were ultimately dismissed, but not before The Express Times snapped the lovely picture you see above. Editor Jim Deegan's caption? "You won't Fleckin' Believe This!"

These days, Fleck is perfecting his fleecing techniques at the feet af King Edwin. He can pretty much ignore Easton, and has, because he has no opponent. In the primary, 90% of Easton's registered Democrats forgot all about the election, and the Fleckster squeaked by with a 182 to 141 win over Easton activist Dennis Lieb.

Lieb has decided to mount a write-in campaign while Fleck is busy in Allentown. While Fleck has pretty much ignored Easton's West Ward, Lieb has been a tireless advocate. His reservations about Riverwalk, first published on this very blog, proved to be correct. He was the first to notice that Easton's Properties of Merit program was being perverted by elitists who were merely interested in driving up property values so they could sell.

If turnout remains low, and Lieb can garner some support from Republicans and disaffected Dems, Easton is in for a Fleckin' surprise.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

How much has Pawlowski paid Fleck.

Anonymous said...

I have been at meetings with Fleck and he is working with the West Ward partnership on some committees. At a recent meeting he earned my respect with his actions and his views on fixing the West Ward.

Anonymous said...

Bernie,

I believe the charges against Fleck were not dismissed but rather that he was found not-guilty and not in violation of the law. As a lawyer, you should know the difference.

Anonymous said...

Didn't Bernie O' Hare torture and/or rape a girl in 1990? I heard about a federal ongoing investigation about that.

Anonymous said...

Come on Bernie a write in campaign. Fleck is going to crush him. I am not Fleck's number one fan but really your trashing him is getting old now. We know you don't like him. Get it!

Bernie O'Hare said...

Anon 6:25,

If Easton continues to vote for this guy or Vulcano, it will always be a mess. You have a good mayor. Don't you deserve better than someone who lied about graduating from college? Don't you deserve better than someone who sdtopped showing at charter stidy meetings the second he lost a primary? Don't you deserve better than someone who takes $ from city contractors, s Fleck has done before? Don't you deserve better than someone who falsely claimed to be a businesss manager at a dealership where he actually was just a used car salesman? Don't you deserve better than someone who claims he wants to clean Easton up and then pollutes the city with signs everywhere? Don't you deserve someone who is not using the office as a stepping stone to something else?

Fleck is a hack. The anonymous comments here demonstrate that nicely. Easton can get rid of this bum once and for all and replace him with someone who has been a smart growth advocate for years.

Bernie O'Hare said...

"Come on Bernie a write in campaign. Fleck is going to crush him."

In a low turn out race where the candidate is occupied elsewhere, it will be much easier to cast a write-in ballot on our newer voting machines. I agree it is an uphill battle.

Fleck represents bad government, and is up on Tuesday. If I don't speak about him now, then when? Only Easton can put him to bed, and it needs to do so.

Anonymous said...

I know Fleck and he has done a lot of good for Easton. Bernie you are biased and just a bit crazy on this one and I usually agree with you. Easton should vote Fleck!

Anonymous said...

Bernie,

I think you probably hurt Lieb by talking about this now. I don't always agree with Fleck but he can organize and I am sure that he will now that he knows. You are actually helping Fleck. You should have waited a day or two to roll this out.

Anonymous said...

figure that as the only candidate listed, fleck is going to get 300 votes. I seriously doubt Lieb will get even 150 people to write in his name. It has nothing to do with Lieb... to expect that many write in votes is just not a reasonable expectation.

Bernie O'Hare said...

The reason to write about it now is because Lieb is very serious about this. People need to know and this is a way of letting them know. Fleck would have discovered this sometime today anyway bc Lieb is approaching people for support.

Anonymous said...

Fleck will kill in his election and will be the new Allentown assistant chief of staff. Sorry Bernie but that is just the way it is.

noel jones said...

do the math, Anons. after already garnering 46% of the dem vote, losing by only 41 votes total, and now being endorsed by the republicans, not to mention independents like myself, it's bound to be a close race. whether or not it's probable that Lieb can win, it is definitely possible.

this one is worthy of OTB!

Anonymous said...

Every write in must be exact, that never happens and Fleck can have those thrown out. Dispite your lemming like behavior, most voters will walk in and push a button not type in a name.

Fleck 64% of the vote!

Anonymous said...

Also Jim Hickey is helping the Fleck campaign and he will be on top of all possibilities.

Chris Casey said...

But Flying ass monkeys are not allowed to vote, in Fleck's case, one is on the ballot.