Monday, November 06, 2006
Mann Will Retain Her State House Seat, But is She Democrat or Republican?
In Allentown's 132d legislative district, four term incumbent Jennifer Mann is facing a very weak challenge from Republican Eddie Tuburcio. He can barely speak English. Why such a weak opponent? Mann has been a serious and hard-working legislator, and her district has a heavy democratic edge. But Mann may already be a Republican. After all, she's a member of the DLC's leadership team. She's a leader in a group that just loved Team Bush's 2003 invasion of Iraq and dismissed war critics as members of the loony left. I'd be inclined to dismiss her. She's also the opportunistic pol who tried to gain a state senate seat by unfairly smearing her opponent over an old drinking problem. Her tactics were properly condemned by fellow Democrats like state senator Lisa Boscola and political organizer Ernie Kaiser. She'll win, but I'm not so crazy about her. It's time for the Democratic wing of the Democratic party to take control.