Thursday, October 20, 2011

Stoffa Labels Barron's Asbestos Accusation a "Bold-Faced Lie"

Northampton County Executive John Stoffa loves debates. In last year's Congressional race between John Callahan and Charlie Dent, he attended more debates than I. But you'll also often see him at candidates' nights for municipal offices, sitting quietly, but listening intently to every word said. But he was strangely absent from Tuesday night's "Debate at the Slate," featuring the Steve Barron, Steve Salvesen Controller's race, as well as the Ron Angle, Scott Parsons County Council Clash.

Steve Barron must have noted Stoffa's absence as well. When asked to explain why he went to the EPA about asbestos at County buildings, he blamed it all on Stoffa. He claimed that Stoffa told him, over lunch, to keep his mouth shut about asbestos because it might have an adverse impact on Gracedale's sales price.

I caught up with Stoffa yesterday. Instead of going to the debate, he was in Allen Township to argue for a referendum there on open space, which was adopted. "The open space will be there long after Barron and I are gone," he explained.

When I repeated Barron's accusation, he became visibly upset. "That's a bold-faced lie. I've never hid anything about asbestos. In fact, I've spent over $1 million on inspection and amelioration."

Stoffa also told me he's never have lunch with Barron.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

He did tell Steve Barron that. This time Stoffa is caught. He was unaware of a witness.

Anonymous said...

Brron is the biggest piece of debris to float into Easton in a long time . He is a liar from the get go and will end up being a bigger one at the end of his downfall.

Anonymous said...

isn't the term "bald-faced"?

Zorn said...

the mere thought of those two eating together is enough to make one lose their lunch

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Anonymous said...

Besides you?

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:46 AM:

Still up at 3:46 AM?

Still no job?

Still time to make up lies?

You coward!

Bernie O'Hare said...

"isn't the term "bald-faced"?"

That's one of three terms used. I used the term that Sotoffa stated bc my job here is to repeat the term he used accurately, not replace it with my own version.

"When we call a lie baldfaced or boldfaced ... either one is just fine, though baldfaced is a bit more common. But we could save ourselves trouble by following the rest of the Anglophone world, which avoids the issue simply by using barefaced for most kinds of openly shocking behavior.
Jan Freeman, writing in the Boston Globe in June 2002."

Chris Miller said...

Anonymous 3:46AM
And despite the response by you as anonymous we should believe you were there. FUNNY

Anonymous said...

Hey Chris Miller, still collecting your public pension??

Anonymous said...

Bernie I have heard you spend alot of time in the law library. Are you worried about the asbestos problem?

Bernie O'Hare said...

No, but I glow in the dark now.

Anonymous said...

barron and Stoffa were eating lunch together and sharing confidences? Oh yeah,I saw them too...they were right next to Ron Angle and Ann McHale who were sharing a milkshake with two straws.

Anonymous said...

You want to hear the conversation

Bernie O'Hare said...

Oh, now you're claiming to have a tape. Produce it.

Anonymous said...

Stoffa wanted to cover up the asbestos problem. he claimed he was working on it. If that was the case what did he have to hide.

It must have been the secret Stoffa plan to fix the asbestos problem.

Sounds like the secret plan to run the county. That plan is so secret that after six years people still don't know what the hell his plan is to run the county.

Thank god for smart county employees and autopilot. The Stoffa gang don't have a clue.