well-written account about Congressman Tim Holden's news conference at the Northampton County Courthouse yesterday. It was hosted by DA John Morganelli. Now Morganelli made sure that Mayor Sal Panto, State Senator Lisa Boscola and State Rep. Bob Freeman were all there. Northampton County Controller Steve Barron, who can smell a news opportunity from miles away, waddled over to the courthouse rotunda, too. But where was Northampton County Executive John Stoffa? Where was any member of County Council? Where was I, who could have covered this story, too?
Morganelli never bothered to invite the County's top elected official to a news conference just down the steps from his office, even though 75% of the County's budget comes from state and federal funds.
On a much less important level, I received no invitation, either. That's odd, especially since Morganelli was never hesitant to send me news releases when he was running for AG.
According to Morganelli, Holden viewed this news conference as an "Easton" thing, and Morganelli only invited the people Holden wanted there.
* If this is just an Easton thing, wouldn't City Hall be a more appropriate venue?
* If this is just an Easton thing, why was the County Controller there? Did he really just magically appear on his own?
* If this is just an Easton thing, why does the headline read, "Timothy Holden promises to build strong ties to Northampton County as its congressman"?
Morganelli explains his failure to invite me, a LV political blogger was pure oversight. He was just thinking of mainstream media. Really? Then why the hell was Patch there?
I believe the snubbing was intentional because both Stoffa and I would have quickly realized the courthouse was being used, improperly, to conduct a political rally in which Lisa Boscola launched yet another attack at Charlie Dent, the LV's other Congressman.
Boscola calls him one of the "masterminds" behind this plan. But Holden, who benefits as much or even more than Dent, is blameless.
We were busy, anyway. Honest!