Saturday, May 18, 2013
Callahan, Samuelson Endorse Willie Reynolds in Bethlehem
Before a small, but very enthusiastic crowd of about seventy supporters, Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan endorsed Willie Reynolds in the Bethlehem Mayoral race yesterday afternoon at Payrow Plaza. Callahan was joined by State Rep. Steve Samuelson, who also endorsed Reynolds.
Both Callahan and Samuelson condemned the negative campaign mounted by Reynolds' opponent, Bob Donchez. In fact, Callahan criticized himself for not speaking out sooner. "I chose not to get involved because I have my own race to run," he explained, adding that he had intended to remain neutral.
Getting involved will hurt Callahan among some Donchez supporters who might have considered voting for Callahan. He's already being criticized by opponent Lamont McClure. "The mayor now wants to instruct you on who the next mayor of Bethlehem should be," huffs the asbestos lawyer. But it's also honest and shows leadership, two qualities I find lacking in McClure.
Reynolds, who walked to this little shindig from his home near Liberty High School, said he intends to keep pushing until Tuesday. Reynolds was also joined by Bethlehem City Councilman and Bethlehem City Democratic Committee Chairman Michael Recchiuti; Council member Karen Dolan; BASD President Mike Faccinetto; BASD Directors Shannon Patrick, Aurea Ortiz and Basilio Bonilla; and former Chairman of the Bethlehem City Democratic Committee, Jack Burke.