I guess the presumpton of innocence only applies to Democrats.
Investigation is not Geeting's strong suit. In fact, I'm not really sure he has a strong suit. He relies on information fed to him by Democratic operatives, and then just pukes it up on his blog, like he did to Steve Salvesen.
But I know the source of Getting's information, whether it's direct or indirect. It's none other than Joe Kelly, who just happens to be Bethlehem's DCED Director. He is effectively the second in command in Bethlehem, right after Mayor John Callahan.
Kelly made sure this information was passed on to John Blankstein, who fancies himself as the Lehigh Valley's James Carville. His LinkedIn profile tells you he's the CEO of Market Street Strategies. That's a front for a dirt-digging operation for Democrats.
Once Blankstein got the information, he made sure it was passed around the all the right people, except that one of them knew me.
Another person doing what he calls "opposition research" is none other than Democratic City Council candidate Michael Recchiuti. He was digging into the personal life of one of the candidates, and passing the information along to people like Bethlehem City Council candidate J Willie Reynolds, in hopes he could smear Simao, too. In fairness to Reynolds, there is no evidence he did anything with the information sent to him.
One of Recchiuti's emails found its way to me.
I have contacted Recchiuti, Kelly, Reynolds and Blankstein with this question: "Would any of you care to enlighten me on the smear campaign you have orchestrated thru Geeting?"
The only person who responded was Recchiuti, who attempted to justify going into the gutter.
Here's the Blankstein and Kelly email.
On Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 1:22 PM, John Blankstein <email@example.com> wrote:
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From: Joseph Kelly <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, Oct 1, 2011 at 5:49 PM
Poor Tony Hanna must be rolling over in his grave. Oh wait, he's still alive.