Friday, October 11, 2013
Donovan Invades Pawlowski Fundraiser
Independent Mayoral candidate Michael Donovan must have thought so as well. I guess he likes to see Latinos recognized, too.
But he was tossed.
That's because the event, which drew over 500 people, was a "purely political event," according to Pawlowski campaign manager Mike Fleck. He told me it is both a fundraiser and an appeal to drive up voter turnout among Allentown's very large Latino population. He indicates that Donovan displayed "a complete lack of respect" by attending the event, festooned in his own political buttons.
"He's having his own event tomorrow night," Fleck tells me.
"Of course not. I doubt he'll get 500 people."
Donovan's account of the event, and his ejection, is below:
The Mayor has advertised for sometime on Facebook a public event celebrating Latinos. So, I thought I might attend knowing that it was the Mayor’s sponsored event, but also reading that it was open to the public. The Mayor does represent the entire city, I thought.
I arrive with a political sticker on my lapel. Asked to take it off, I agree. I am asked, “what if the Mayor came to one of your events?” I respond, “he would be welcomed, and that is how he and I obviously differ.”
I wander into the reception area, and begin a conversation with two acquaintances. A few moments later, I am approached by the Mayor’s consultants again. ”You should leave, quietly.” I chuckle a bit, and say that it is advertised as a public event. After all, the Mayor has held this several times over the last few years when he is not running for the office.
“You should leave,” she said.
I do, but make a note to myself. What is the Mayor afraid of? He has the money. He has the incumbency. He has the contacts. He has the trophy projects to which he can point. He is running for governor. What can he be afraid of?
He does not want to debate me in a sufficiently long, public forum. He can avoid me all he wants.
But he does not want me around him and voters. I wonder why?
His consultant told me a few weeks ago, when I explained that Muhlenberg College Democrats had invited the Mayor and me to a debate function, “we do not like Muhlenberg.” Well some of you know I turned down a 24 minute Business Matters, taped show. I said to the consultant, in that case I’ll go to where I do not like if the Mayor will go to where he does not like.
Nope, he said.
So, I’ll ask again. What is the Mayor afraid of.
We will here more about this and the culture that it represents in Allentown.
Updated Noon: While this was a political event, it was billed as a "free to the public" event at The Morning Call's Valley 610 blog.