Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The Real Reason Lamont McClure is Running For NorCo Exec
At Monday's Business Matters debate, asbestos lawyer Lamont McClure managed to take shots at both of his opponents, damaging them to some extent. Though he did land some hay makers, he also came off as a bit of a bully ... with a beet red face. Not exactly the statesman that Northampton County voters like to see in their County Executives. But that doesn't trouble McClure one bit. You see, he's not really running for Executive. I believe the office he really wants is District Attorney, and this Exec race will drive up his name recognition, win or lose.
When McClure does run for DA, it will only be because John Morganelli is ready to step aside. Morganelli is certainly the best DA I've ever seen, and that office is his as long as he wants it. But Morganelli has his eyes on the Lieutenant Governor's race, or might just want to finish his career in private practice. Morganelli's hand-picked successor will be McClure.
Although Morganelli is officially neutral in the Exec race, it's no secret that he and McClure are very friendly. When Morganelli ran for Attorney General in 2000, McClure came down from his home in the coal regions to work the race. He was paid $900 for room expense and a nearly equal amount to work the phones. After that race was over, McClure worked briefly in the DA's office, doing forfeitures. McClure eventually landed a job with Baltimore lawyer Peter Angelos, a major Morganelli campaign donor who opened an office in Bethlehem. McClure's wife would land a job with Morganelli, and John would become Godfather to their son.
It appears that what McClure would really like is to be John Morganelli's successor.
I have not discussed this with McClure or Morganelli. McClure would ignore me, and John would just laugh.
But this makes sense, which probably means I'm wrong.