In one corner, there's Wayne Woodman, a prodigious fundraiser who helped people like Glenn Eckhart in his race for County Commissioner last year. In the other corner, we've got Upper Milford's Grant Carter, who has no political experience or active involvement in any campaign.
Here's his pitch: "I have been a recent member of the Committee who has seen a lot of missed opportunities on the part of the current leadership, and from recent statements from my opponent, Mr. Wayne Woodman, I have every reason to believe that, should he win, the status quo would remain. After much consideration, I have come to believe that for the future of the Republican Party within Lehigh County , it is imperative that we become an active, involved Committee within the community, giving citizens a reason to believe in the GOP once again, and giving them solid, real-life examples of how we can have a positive impact on their lives."
If you don't speak Republican, let me translate for you. "Local Republicans are not conservative enough. Sure, I've got no experience, but I have a plan, man."
Lehigh County Comm'r Glenn Eckhart, arguably the most conservative member of the Board, nails Carter. "You as a committee person did nothing as Don Cunningham spent $43,000 against me. You were a committee person did not even work a poll for me in Upper Milford. I have never even met you officially. If you were concerned about conservatives and our party or our county you should have been there to help me. But you were not there for me. What makes you qualified to say what you are saying? I do not understand !!!!"
Wayne Woodman, on the other hand, helped Eckhart. "Wayne Woodman challenged me to raise $3,000.00 on my own and he matched it. He as the so called moderate status quo sought me out to help me and our party retain the majority on the Board of Commissioners. Where were you?"
Eckhart has never seen Grant Carter work a poll. "I have worked your poll at the post office many times over the years and have never seen you there."
I have a feeling to the local GOP is in no mood to hop on the crazy train just yet, and will stick with Woodman.