Thursday, March 07, 2013
Browning: Integrity and Good Government Over Politics
"I was there. I was lobbied as the then chair of the Allentown Committee to pressure Dean the support the send back vote. Being a team player I tried to convince him it was the right thing to do. The only problem was that Dean was much more expert on the subject than me. Seeing this I attempted to get Dean to do it as a team player. Dean said he couldn’t support a team effort that was just politics and not based on good government principles.
"I respect Dean Browning for having the backbone and integrity to stand for principle and put politics in the back seat. That is the exact quality we need in elective office. However, he paid a price for bucking the local committee. They used the last primary as a demonstrator of what happens to those who won’t obey. When I witnessed a good man and excellent conservative commissioner impugned and smeared over a single vote I resigned from the committee. I won’t be a part of that.
"One can disagree and do so respectfully but as you can see here some Lehigh County Republicans won’t abide a single expression of independence. Perhaps they have bought the committee’s leadership message that Dean Browning is a heretic and no amount of insight and thoughtful, informed commentary will convince them otherwise. That is unfortunate and counterproductive to the cause of limited government here in Lehigh County and beyond. While I have nothing but praise for Scott Ott his primary opponent Dean Browning has demonstrated by his actions and words he is a man of real integrity, he has run the gauntlet of slander and unfair accusations and come out stronger. He is exactly the right person to be our next Lehigh County Exec."