Monday, May 13, 2013
Why Is Lamont McClure Smiling?
Considering that McClure is incapable of managing his own campaign finances, I question how he could possibly hope to manage a $330 million budget, especially since he's already made a no-tax hike pledge. That might sound good to some guy sitting in a bar, but it's irresponsible, just like McClure's finance report.
Looking at that report a little more closely, there's only $350 in contributions of $50 or less, and only $2,050 in contributions between $50 and $250. If McClure really had the grassroots support claimed, there should be page after page of small donations.
How about unions? After all, AFSCME endorsed him. Their Business Agent, Justus James, was at McClure's announcement. They've given him nothing. Nada. SEIU has held back, too. Private sector unions have kicked in about $4,500, but that's laughable in an Executive race. They obviously smell a loser. While McClure is willing to spend money he doesn't have, unions aren't that stupid. They won't waste money on a candidate who is going to lose.
District Attorney John Morganelli, who is friendly with McClure and employs his wife, always contributes to McClure's campaigns. But not this time. Even Peter Angelos, the mega-gazillionaire who employs this asbestos lawyer, gave him nothing.
McClure did get $3,000 from Charles "Don't Call Me Charlie" Dertinger, a former Council member who was defeated four years ago. He also picked up $250 from Tim Brennan, the Mike Fleck hired attorney who was disgraced in Court after trying to scare Kim Velez off the ballot in Lehigh County.
To be fair, McClure does have one big supporter. Abe Atiyeh, the scourge of Bethlehem, has placed Lamont's puss on his controversial LED billboard on Route 22. According to McClure's report, that's worth $10,000.
But when Bethlehem voters learn that Atiyeh is backing McClure, they will flock to Callahan or Reibman.
It is increasingly obvious that McClure's candidacy is half-hearted at best. I theorized before that he had no intention of winning, but merely wants to raise his visibility for a DA race down the road.
Updated Tuesday, Noon: The Morning Call reports McClure did receive $2,000 from AFSCME. I missed that in my own review of his finances.I will check again.