Lehigh County's Democrats will reorganize tonight, 7 PM, at Allentown's IBEW Hall. LVPoliblogger Chris Casey portrays the choice as one between "the same old dysfunctional paranoid leadership" and "new, dynamic people with some energy."
From what I've pieced together, it looks like political consultant Courtney Robinson is trying to stage a Rick Daugherty coup, but has already been outmaneuvered. Robinson is being backed by Allentown Council Prez Mike D'Amore, who is trying to send a message to Pawlowski. But Daugherty has the support of all the other top elected officials in the County (Cunningham, McCarthy, Pawlowski, etc).
So Robinson will run for Vice Chair, but he's running right into Walt Felton, who has recruited somewhere around 40 newly committee people. They are ready to crown Walter Vice Chair,
It now appears that Robinson was behind all those Rob Hopkins' challenges to Walter Felton's state committee candidates. These people were also elected as county committee people and will likely make Robinson's attempt futile.
The surge of Latino and black committee people recruited by Felton might produce a new breed of party activists, but it's too early to say.
Update (9 AM): Allentown City Council Prez Michael Donovan has weighed in. "Mr. Daugherty has criticized me for publicly challenging the Mayor of Allentown, which is actually my duty at any time I conclude that the Mayor is not acting in the best interests of the city. As far as I am concerned, Mr. Daugherty is to stay neutral in party matters and focus on competition among political parties, not within parties." I agree. That's why Joe Long was such a mess in Northampton County.