I've long claimed that Allentown Mayor Edwin Pawlowski has taken "pay to play" to unprecedented heights in the Lehigh Valley. When potential city contractors call him, he even schedules their appointments during fundraisers. One hand washes the other. Of course, it's legal bribery. So some nitwit blogger is complaining about King Edwin's ethics, what else is new? Funny you should ask, because someone with a little more credibility than me is asking some interesting questions about King Edwin and his connection with political power broker Marcel Groen. That person? Lehigh County Exec Don Cunningham.
In a riveting report by Morning Call scribe Jarrett Renshaw, we learn that Groen's law firm has been paid over $350,000 by Allentown since 2006. We know that Groen himself is a Pawlowski and Callahan campaign contributor who attracts other donors. But his real strength is his ability to help someone with political aspirations.
Someone like King Edwin.
Don Cunningham bluntly states that with Green, "it's about money and business." He does not stop there, but adds this. "So anyone that wants to run statewide must go through Montgomery County if they want to advance themselves. ... Clearly Pawlowski has developed that type of business and political relationship with Marcel."
What Cunningham is saying, if you read not so closely between the lines, is that Pawlowski is a crook willing to sell out Allentown for a higher office.
The Auditor General race is coming up in 2012.