Sunday, September 08, 2013

Donovan Plans Protest at Pawlowski Announcment

Tomorrow morning, at 9:30 AM, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski will make it official. He intends to run for two offices simultaneously. Though he's the Democratic candidate for Allentown mayor, he is seeking the Democratic nomination for Governor in next year's race. According to his Facebook announcement, he will leave Allentown right after his announcement for a trip to Harrisburg and Philadelphia later in the day. Then he plans to hit 23 counties across the state over nine days.

Who will be minding the store while he's gone? Julio Guridy?

On Pawlowski's own Facebook page, David Diano has this observation:

"You're currently running for a 4 year job as mayor, but plan to spend the first 6 months after the election (until primary) running for a better job (and entire year if you win primary).

"Running for Gov is a pretty time consuming job that takes you to all 67 counties. I don't see how you can do mayor's job well when you are everywhere but Allentown, unless running Allentown is a relatively easy part-time kind of job that doesn't require much effort. I guess "not miss a beat" confirms this.

"BTW, your "another year and a half to serve" math seems a bit off. Your current term ends in January 2014. Should you win Gov, you would start in Jan 2015. That's a year, not a year and a half (and it's a year where you'd be busy planning for Gov of Pa).

"As a general rule, I think it's pretty bad when a politician announces a run for a higher office, while still running for a lower office that they plan to abandon if the higher run pans out. It shows a complete lack of commitment to the voters for the lower office.

"I think candidates for office should be legally prohibited from seeking higher offices that start before their current term ended. The taxpayers get stuck with the bill for a special election for replacements.

"However, in this case, since you have NO chance of winning Gov primary, it's a moot point.

"The classy move would be to exit the mayor's race, since your heart really isn't in being mayor, and allow someone else who is willing to make a 4 year commitment to the job."

Pawllowski, who has the charisma and actually looks a bit like a penguin, has absolutely no chance of becoming Governor. It's a fool's errand. But his early announcement is yet another demonstration that democracy is dead in Allentown.

Independent candidate Michael Donovan intends to be at the announcement, and is asking his supporters to join him.

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

As an Allentownian I resent King Edwin roaming around Pa. on a wild goose chase instead of working for the overtaxed citizens who pay his salary. He has NO CHANCE of winning the primary next year. His massive ego is once again hurting the citizens of our community. Our only hope is that he gets his butt kicked next year and he learns some humility in the process.

Bernie O'Hare said...

I'd like to see him get his butt kicked this year, too, but the Allentown zombies will elect him.

Anonymous said...

I don't live in allentown but I support Donovan 100%. The court jester should pick one job to run for and stick with that.

Hank_Hill

Anonymous said...

This is one of those terrible choices that we are given in politics:

Do we hope for Pawlowski to quit the Governor race, or do we let him travel the state so he has less time to screw up the city?

Assuming he wins the Mayor race, do we follow our conscience and vote against him for Governor, or do we join his campaign team to help him win just so he's out of the city?

This is why people hate politics!

Anonymous said...

This is all about Mike Fleck conning another gullible and self absorbed politician. Same thing that other infamous Lehigh Valley sleazebag Mike Solomon used to do.

Anonymous said...

Ed looks like a Weeble. But in the primary he WILL fall down.

Anonymous said...

Funny how when mancrush Donny boy Cunningham did the same thing, you were ok with it. Even the tons of money he raised.

You afraid, Ed may do better than your boy Dohnnn

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 8.41 -- the city hasn't raised property taxes in 9 years.

Bernie O'Hare said...

You are certainly entitled to your own opinion, but not to your own facts. Though he toyed with the idea, the only announcement he made was that he was NOT running. And in fact, in 2010, I suggested there should be a "resign to run" law. I still think so, though it should not apply to the judiciary or part-time elected officials. So basically, you are full of shit.

Bernie O'Hare said...

... And the results are obvious.

Anonymous said...

Gina Blevins said, "As an executive, if I were interviewing someone for a 4 year job/project, I absolutely wouldn't hire them if they told me they would be spending their first year on the job traveling around the state interviewing for a better job."

Alfonso Todd
www.alfonsotodd.com

Anonymous said...

The Don was in fact running around the state sunning for Government. he only stopped when it became apparent he had zero support. Pawlowski is doing no different.

You sir are a hypocrite.

Anonymous said...

11:52 -

Pawlowski has raised numerous taxes and fees on Allentown residents, including the earned income tax, OPT/LST, and a new fee for a bogus home inspection when you move.

To top it off, he has financed a property tax increase in the form of a water rate hike, turning a $160 million pension problem into a half a billion dollar water problem. While that may have solved Ed's short term political problem, it is a weight around the necks of all Alkentown residents.

If that's the Mayor's idea of progress or good financial planning I wish him luck. An actual opponent will point that out and tear his record to shreds.

Anonymous said...

"The Don was in fact running around the state sunning for Government. he only stopped when it became apparent he had zero support."

no...he really wasn't.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the rest of the state will come to understand he grabbed precious state tax dollars they sent in for the common good, only to have Pawlowski construct buildings that will be privately owned by a few "chosen" friends.

Anonymous said...

There was an article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette a week or two ago that covered the Democratic primary for Governer and they covered 8 serious candidates and Pawlawski wasn't even mentioned in the article. I think he will wind up running for Lt. Gov. While he could care less about his "constituents", he is smart and knows what is best for himself, which would be 2nd in command for now.

Anonymous said...

8:07 -

Good point about Lt Gov.

Stabbing his bossin the back is how Ed became Mayor.

Anonymous said...

King Ed will be strewn across the state like road kill. The NIZ will be his downfall.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Even though he has the LVEDC publicizing it in what i will now call an illegal campaign contribution.

Bernie O'Hare said...

"The Don was in fact running around the state sunning for Government. he only stopped when it became apparent he had zero support. Pawlowski is doing no different.

You sir are a hypocrite."


I believe I've already explained the difference. He never announced, and that very year, I suggested there should be a resign to run law on my blog. Telling a lie, over and over, does not make it true.

Bernie O'Hare said...

"I think he will wind up running for Lt. Gov. While he could care less about his "constituents",

That's pretty stupid. "I'm running for Mayor - no - Governor - no - Lt. Guv."

I'm sure that will sell just great statewide, but he has a nice bus.

Anonymous said...

Palowski couldnt lead the Polish American String down Hamilton St.!!
This guy is a JOKE! Allentown is headed towards Bankruptcy just like Detroit under his Liberal Democratic rule. He blames the Corbett Adminisitration just like Obama doesn't take responsibility for his malaise. Pawlowski even has the balls to say he's resposnible for the renaissance of the downtown area when he had ZERO to do with NIZ. HEY EDWIN....go practice your mummers strut...you have NO SHOT at the Governors mansion!

Anonymous said...

"As a general rule, I think it's pretty bad when a politician announces a run for a higher office, while still running for a lower office that they plan to abandon if the higher run pans out. It shows a complete lack of commitment to the voters for the lower office."

Well-stated. I think it shows a genuine contempt that he has for what few voters are left in the third largest city.

As a side note: You say he resembles a penguin? I still say he looks like a groundhog.

VOR

Anonymous said...

You all do realize just about every state and federal politician has done this, including the honorable Charlie Dent.

Bernie O'Hare said...

... And that makes it right ?

Anonymous said...

No Bernie it does not make it right, I think the commenter above was saying you pick and choose who you blast about running for higher office based on your feelings and bias about them.

You gave you friend Angle a pass when he ran for School Board and Council and won both. Which is more agreguous than what Ed is doing here.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Is this about me or Pawlowski? You haters need to learn how to actually argue issues instead of making anonymous personal attacks.

The Ron Angle argument is a red herring. The whole point with Ron was that he believed and still believes he can serve Council and the school board simultaneously. In other words, he was not running for some office, figuring he'll abandon another office once elected.

I think it is a law that should be examined, thought so in 2010, and said so in 2010. Under my name. Not anonymously.

Anonymous said...

Well typical... Justify it for your friends and blast those you don't like. I know it's your blog and all, but parading around as a legit journalist is pretty bad.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Did you even read what I wrote? What Pawlowski wants to do is get paid by the citizens of Allentown and then quit them if elected. What Angle wanted to do is serve the county for no pay and serve his school board for no pay. It is the exact opposite of what Pawlowski is doing.

Anonymous said...

"is serve the county for no pay"

Now you use a "red herring." Why not tell the good people what happened to Mr. Angle's pay during his time on county council, did he refuse to accept it??

Please be honest, as we already know the answer.

Bernie O'Hare said...

His money went into a special account he set up for his region. It did not go to him. He will decide where it goes. It is no red herring, and your analogy from Pawlowski to Angle is complete bullshit. Look at the title of my post. It is about Pawlowski, not your hatred or fear that Angle will challenge you.