Monday, September 23, 2013

O'Donnell: Another Tin Foil Hat Candidate

Based on my criticism of Hayden "Agenda 21" Phillips, you might think I consider him the worst of the ten candidates seeking five seats on Northampton County. But that distinction belongs to Tom O'Donnell, who garnered the fifth slot among Dems in the primary by getting 21 votes more than Bill Wallace. True, he once chaired Lower Nazareth's Board of Supervisors, but that was a gazillion years ago.

In 1988, he was fired as an auditor with the state for doing township business on the state dime. O'Donnell justified it, saying that no tax dollars were lost and he always made up the time lost. He did appeal his termination through his union, but I have never been able to determine what happened.

What bothers me is his cantankerous, mean-spirited style, which he displayed to County Council right before the primary.

During courtesy of the floor, he got up and gave a campaign speech. In Mccarthy-esque style, he claimed some candidates are inadequate. "I will not name names, but you will know who I am taking about, but I will name names if I am chosen to represent the residents after the primary."

I'm waiting for him to name those names.

O'Donnell, like Controller Steve Barron, likes to claim he's a "certified fraud examiner." That's a fancy way of saying he's not an accountant.

He claims that "if you are not part of the solution, you're part of the problem." Since he has proposed no solutions to County government, other than attacks against people he does not name, I think it's safe to say he's part of the problem.

Notwithstanding the LV Labor Council endorsement, which frankly casts doubt on their own abilities, O'Donnell belongs with Phillips in the tin foil hat brigade.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tom O'Donnell is nightmare. The fact that he polls well in the county is just unbelievable.

The guy is NUTZ. I think that Phillips, Geissinger and Benol are out there as well. Of the three, I give Phillips credit for being up front and honest about his views. The others are playing their tea party allegiance close to the vest in order to get elected.

However, I think all three Republicans are not stupid or crazy, just out of the mainstream for Northampton County residents. They are running against Obama and the UN, not really an issue this year.

O'Donnell is just flat out nutsy. The guy is the classic old man muttering angrily about everything. If it weren't for his wife's connections he would be an afterthought. He and Borzo are running a coordinated campaign. They are the darlings of Kraft and McClure.

O'Donnell comes off as a geriatric Jim Gregory.

Anonymous said...

O'Donnell's endorsement by the Labor Council is a joke and so is Borso's. I lost a lot of respect for that labor organization because of the endorsements. How can you endorse nut job O"Donnell and not endorse Hunter? She belongs to a union and endorses union goals and objectives. What has Borso ever done for unions? Is she even a union member? Why do I see Borso O'Donnell signa all over the place/ They are obviously promoting each other. What about the rest of the democrats? There is something real fishy going on behind the scenes. Tell us what this smell is all about Bernie. I'm sure you know.

Anonymous said...

Let's not do anything hasty here. As Democrats we want to elect Democrats here in our home County. You saw how having a majority of Republican Council persons screwed up the County (including the now infamous swaption). 60 million dollars in a slush fund and they couldn't do the right thing which should have been to cut taxes. If you don't want to vote for O'Donnell and his lady friend Borso, please vote for the rest of the democrats. They are Callahan, Seyfried, Hunter, and Heckman. They will make a dynamic team.

Anonymous said...

@ 4:11AM
Tom O'Donnell may be a nightmare, to you & The fact that he polls well in the county is just unbelievable, to you. He may be representive of the L.V. demographic & in the mainstream for Northampton County residents.

Bernie O'Hare said...

"O'Donnell is just flat out nutsy. The guy is the classic old man muttering angrily about everything. If it weren't for his wife's connections he would be an afterthought. He and Borzo are running a coordinated campaign. They are the darlings of Kraft and McClure.

O'Donnell comes off as a geriatric Jim Gregory."


I don't know that Kraft and McClure and behind this. Kraft is definitely supporting Borso. I doubt he is endorsing O'Donelle. As for McClure, his support tends to hurt, not help. Ge gave Borso all kinds of help in the primary and she finished 4th.

I will say that I have seen the signs placed side by side, which means there is a coordinated effort. If true, that's a big mistake on Borso's part, and follows her mistake in being too close to McClure in the primary.

Bernie O'Hare said...

" He may be representive of the L.V. demographic & in the mainstream for Northampton County residents.'

No, that's not true at all. He finished 5th among 5. barely. Heis running in an off year election in which most people do not vote. He has a good name. Anyone who actually listened to him could never vote for him. He is that bad. I would even take Phillips over him.

Anonymous said...

O'Donnell, who can support this guy? must be the same people supporting Borso. Talk about waste of space. These two fit that bill

Anonymous said...

Borso says Um more then anything else. Her husband is a SCAB
Makes you wonder how she got the endorsement of labor counsel. I would say she is a puppet with Kraft pulling the strings and McClure bowing to Kraft

Bernie O'Hare said...

"If you don't want to vote for O'Donnell and his lady friend Borso, please vote for the rest of the democrats. They are Callahan, Seyfried, Hunter, and Heckman. They will make a dynamic team."

That will ensure a 7-person Democratic majority on Council. A Council with Werner, Kraft, Parsons, McClure, Seyfried, Hunter and Heckman as the Democrats.

Bernie O'Hare said...

"Borso says Um more then anything else. Her husband is a SCAB
Makes you wonder how she got the endorsement of labor counsel. I would say she is a puppet with Kraft pulling the strings and McClure bowing to Kraft"


I'm sorry, but what do you mean when you say her husband is a scab? The fact that she uses the word "um" should not be held against her bc she has never run before. I am more concerned whether she is her own person, and have told her that.

Anonymous said...

Bernie I would question Hunter being her own person more than any of the other candidates.

Anonymous said...

4:03 Anyone who knows Hunter knows that BS. So Charles, Lamont, or Ken stop slinging it.

Anonymous said...

Hunter thinks she is a queen. We already have Peg for that.

Anonymous said...

You do realize that on FB, Borzo calls O'Donnell her second father. She thinks he is a really sweet and funny guy. So much for judgment. Wow!!

Bernie O'Hare said...

I have not seen her refer to O'Donnell as her second father. Can you post that exact comment here? I did see multiple references to O'Donnell and they are clearly allied.

Anonymous said...

4:43pm Having a conversation with yourself again?

Anonymous said...

You are all screaming for nothing. The only Democrat that will win is Jerry Seyfried. The Republicans will sweep all other offices in Northampton County including Executive. The odd person out will be Seth Vaughn. No other Democrat will win. The county wants new people with a clear vision of saving the government from the progressives.

It is as good as done.

Anonymous said...

Exactly wrong. Seth will be the only R besides Peg who gets in the county door. The extremists are dead in the water. Bernie has the right 4 candidates who will win seats and left #5 open. Seth is a sane Republican and worth the vote of anyone in the county. I like him.