Thursday, August 25, 2011
Accused Sexual Predator Was Behind Anti-Hershman Robo Call
Thousands of anonymous robo-calls warned Allentown voters against voting for Lou Hershman, who promised to bring independence and over thirty years of experience to City Council. Voters were told everything is Lou's fault, from pension woes to the Billy Joel song.
This ploy worked, too. This Queen City watchdog went down in flames.
Who was behind this anonymous smear? One of the persons was Rob Hopkins, who at that time was a major operative for Allentown Mayor Edwin Pawlowski.
The other person, James Spang, was a person who served for two decades as the sergeant-at-arms and head of security for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. He is still a member of the state committee.
Now he can add accused sexual predator to his list of titles. According to The Morning Call, Spang is accused of sexually assaulting a male bar patron at the Sands Casino, grabbing his crotch four or five times and offering him oral sex.
Spang's gaydar must have malfunctioned.
Hopkins, incidentally, is an openly gay board member at the GLVPride. He's a gentle soul, and is one of the last persons I would suspect of any kind of harassment. But he and Spang teamed up to go after Lou, like a gay hit squad.
Apparently, Lou was targeted because he is not gay enough. That's unfortunate because his stance against equal benefits for transgenders is just one issue, which is outweighed by decades of fiscal responsibility as Controller and member of City Council.