That summer, Barron also tried to inject himself in a union attempt to get inside the door at T-Mobile's LV Call Center, which employs 1,400 workers. He and Allentown City Council Prez Michael D'Amore, another pro-union official, were filmed marching with union brothers and sisters onto the Roble Road property, demanding to see some VP without an appointment. When a befuddled security guard turned them away, Barron gave him this message: "Please remind him [T-Mobile VP Brueckman] that if he needs anything from Northampton or Lehigh County, we're going to remember this day and we'll make sure that it will be part of the negotiations." (You can see it all on YouTube).
This threat of official government retaliation was quickly denounced. Executive John Stoffa fired off a letter apologizing to T-Mobile, stating that Barron "does not represent the Executive Branch of Northampton County government. ... Please accept my apologies for any undue concern or misrepresentation that this visit may have caused." For its part, Northampton County Council adopted a resolution that "condemns and repudiates" Barron's behavior.
To this day, Barron has refused to apologize for what really amounts to extortion. Instead, he's actually expecting you to re-elect him.
Thankfully, you have a choice. Long-time Hanover Township Supervisor Steve Salvesen is running to restore the Controller's office as an independent financial watch dog, not an extension of any political party or union. Below is his curriculum vitae
√ Married, wife Helen. One (1) son, Andrew.
√ Resides in Hanover Township.
√ B.S. in Marketing, Minor in Engineering, Pace University, NYC.
√ M.B.A.&P. Masters in Business Administration & Policy from, C.C.N.Y., Baruch College (City College Of New York).
√ Completed all credits necessary for PhD, except oral dissertation, in Economics.
√ Retired from Ingersoll-Rand.
√ Served four (4) years as Trustee in Bloomingdale, Illinois. Trustee is similar to supervisor.
√ Completing twenty eighth (28) year of service on the Board of Hanover Township. Served seventeen (17) years as Chairman.
√ Served as Executive Director of the Bethlehem Authority.
√ Served as Township Manager in Upper Nazareth Township.
√ Director of the Moravian Historical Society, Finance Committee.
√ Trustee, Advent Moravian Church, Budget Committee.
√ Director, Silver Creek Country Club, Secretary & Chairman of Long Range Planning & Finance.
√ Member of LVIP Board of Directors.
√ Served on the Hanover Township Planning Commission.
√ Served as Slatington's Borough Manager.
Contributions can be made to: Friends to Elect Stephen Salvesen, P.O. Box 20904, Lehigh Valley, PA 18002-0904.