Tomorrow morning, at 9:30 AM, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski will make it official. He intends to run for two offices simultaneously. Though he's the Democratic candidate for Allentown mayor, he is seeking the Democratic nomination for Governor in next year's race. According to his Facebook announcement, he will leave Allentown right after his announcement for a trip to Harrisburg and Philadelphia later in the day. Then he plans to hit 23 counties across the state over nine days.
Who will be minding the store while he's gone? Julio Guridy?
On Pawlowski's own Facebook page, David Diano has this observation:
"You're currently running for a 4 year job as mayor, but plan to spend the first 6 months after the election (until primary) running for a better job (and entire year if you win primary).
"Running for Gov is a pretty time consuming job that takes you to all 67 counties. I don't see how you can do mayor's job well when you are everywhere but Allentown, unless running Allentown is a relatively easy part-time kind of job that doesn't require much effort. I guess "not miss a beat" confirms this.
"BTW, your "another year and a half to serve" math seems a bit off. Your current term ends in January 2014. Should you win Gov, you would start in Jan 2015. That's a year, not a year and a half (and it's a year where you'd be busy planning for Gov of Pa).
"As a general rule, I think it's pretty bad when a politician announces a run for a higher office, while still running for a lower office that they plan to abandon if the higher run pans out. It shows a complete lack of commitment to the voters for the lower office.
"I think candidates for office should be legally prohibited from seeking higher offices that start before their current term ended. The taxpayers get stuck with the bill for a special election for replacements.
"However, in this case, since you have NO chance of winning Gov primary, it's a moot point.
"The classy move would be to exit the mayor's race, since your heart really isn't in being mayor, and allow someone else who is willing to make a 4 year commitment to the job."
Pawllowski, who has the charisma and actually looks a bit like a penguin, has absolutely no chance of becoming Governor. It's a fool's errand. But his early announcement is yet another demonstration that democracy is dead in Allentown.
Independent candidate Michael Donovan intends to be at the announcement, and is asking his supporters to join him.