|Eckhart, Schware and Ott|
Over the years, I've complained numerous times about Barron's political activity, but have pretty much left Eckhart alone. That's because, until recently, there was some legal question whether he could hold the job, which was ultimately decided in Eckhart's favor. Also, I have to admit that I like Glenn. There's no getting around the fact that he is a good-hearted soul. But he plays politics, too. Just as Barron compromises his independence, so does Eckhart.
Instead of watching the henhouse, he's joined the foxes. There is no way that he can conduct a fundraiser for an Executive candidate Scott Ott and Commissioner candidate Mike Schware and then claim to be independent.
But something else bothers me even more. He recently had prominent Attorney Blake Marles on the County payroll for $1000 per month. Though Lehigh County's Controller never had a Solicitor before, it strikes me that one who can't perform an audit needs a lawyer more than most. But he just hired a new lawyer to replace Marles. It's Christy Schlottman, who will charge him only $550 per month.
So what's wrong with that? He's saving money, right?
No. Christy Schlottman is a Republican candidate for District Judge. His decision to hire her is in effect a back-handed campaign contribution of $550 per month. And you're paying for it, not him.
Eckhart denies this. "West Easton just hired her 3 months ago and the DA in Monroe County just hired her 2 months ago and we all knew she was running," he argues. In my opinion, it really makes no sense to do that unless the money is intended as a back-handed campaign contribution.