Easton pol Mike Fleck, no relation to Bela, is one pissed off dude. Last week, Easton's city council refused to appoint him as one of their own, overlooking his obviously superior qualifications. After all, he's nearly a college graduate! He had previously assured Easton blogger and news maven Jim Deegan, "I really, honestly think it should almost be a no-brainer."
The final straw for poor Mike came this weekend. I suggested that while he was a member of city council, he attended the Super Bowl, courtesy of Easton's financial advisor, Concord Public Finance.
This morning, Fleck became the gazillionth person to threaten me with libel since I've been blogging. "If you do not correct the remarks you made in the Express blog, which I can prove are blatantly false and a complete lie, I will sue you." Turns out Concord Public Finance had nothing to do with his trip to the Super Bowl.
It was a baseball game, damn it!
And according to Fleck, he's not the only one. Most of Easton's city council members and their families have gone to baseball games "at one time or another," thanks to Concord Public Finance. I'm giving Fleck a lot of flak for the details. How many games? How many little favors like this? Who are the other city council members? Their families, too?
According to Deegan, this is only a "venial sin," hardly measuring up to Fleck's decision to toss old campaign signs, bundled copies Easton irregular and old gym trunks in an Auto Zone trash dumpster. That may be, but this venial sin is also a violation of the state ethics act. Way back in '87, a Dublin Township Supervisor was tagged for accepting Phillies tickets from a township contractor. He was flatly told "you should not have accepted these tickets given your position ... ." He avoided the firing squad only because he gave them away.
Incidentally, Michael Setley at Concord Public Finance kicked in $1,500 for Fleck's failed mayoral campaign. Concord's local municipal clients include Bethlehem, Bethlehem Township, Bethlehem Parking Authority, Bethlehem Township Municipal Authority, Lehigh County Authority, Walnutport Authority, South Whitehall Township, Whitehall Township and Easton.