Steward leaked Northampton County Council candidate Tricia Mezzacappa's LTCF application to West Easton Borough Council President Kelly Gross. He and Gross are long-time friends. Last November, Mezzacappa was convicted of disorderly conduct after a boro hall tirade that included death threats aimed at Gross. The office is now locked and under video surveillance.
On her concealed-carry application, Mezzacappa listed two people as references that she knew would pan her. One is Attorney Richard Orloski, who is representing me in a defamation action against Mezzacappa. The other is Executive John Stoffa, who has been an object of derision to Mezzacappa.
The Express Times makes this plea for Steward:
If Morganelli believes Steward must face criminal sanctions, that’s his call. There may be more to the story than has been reported publicly. But there also appears to be an element of whistleblowing by Steward here, and that should count for something. He should have gone through other channels to report the problems with reference checks — to his immediate superior, for starters. But his action, legal or not, has exposed a flaw in the investigating of gun-permit applicants, and that should be ringing loudly for attention in Harrisburg and all other county seats, not just in Easton.I understand that it's important not to be seen as playing favorites. But a felony? Ruining this man's career? Isn't the civil process adequate?
The county's seal does include the word "mercy."