To those of us who want to see Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan's latest campaign finance report, we'll all have to be a little patient. There is no long line of people wanting to see that report. Aside from The Express Times intrepid reporter Tom Shortell, I was the only person hanging out at the elections office on Friday afternoon.
Callahan's campaign treasurer had a medical emergency and was hospitalized last week, and he missed the Thursday deadline. He'll have to pay a $20 per day fine, out of his own pocket, when the report is filed.
Callahan did offer to supply the spreadsheets containing his finances, but I'd prefer to wait.
According to one of my readers, I should be howling from the rooftops about this faux pas. "It will be interesting to see how O'Hare spins this one. Imagine if it was Cusick, Deitrich, McClure, Barron, Reibman or the Northampton County Dems that did this. He would be screaming from the highest roof tops."
Although I'm certainly a miserable bastard, even I would hesitate to stomp all over someone when a medical emergency makes him late with his financials. The political hacks in the Glenn Reibman and Lamont McClure camps, however, will bash Callahan.
I wonder how they would feel if a medical emergency prevented their candidate from filing a timely report.
Updated 4:30 PM: My reference to the political hacks in the Glenn Reibman and Lamont McClure camps is not intended as a slur on thse candidates or their political consultants, but to the slimy wannabes who attach themselves to these candidates.