FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 31, 2013
CROSLIS ENDORSEMENT OF SCOTT OTT EXPECTED, BUT “DISAPPOINTING”
Current Lehigh County Executive Matt Croslis turned his back on fellow Democrats today by endorsing Scott Ott as the next County Executive. “We would expect this endorsement from somebody who was appointed by the Republican Majority of Commissioners,” said Democratic candidate Tom Muller. “This is pay to pay politics at its worst. He obviously owes somebody for getting him his job as County Executive, and who knows what he’s been promised in the future. What we DO know, is that the Tom Muller Administration will NOT be for sale, at any price. I stand for good, moderate government, and pay to play will have no place in the Muller Administration.”
Reaction was similar among Democrats. “As the Mayor of Allentown for the past eight years, I understand the challenges and responsibilities inherent in successfully running a municipal government,” said Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski. “I am perplexed by Mr. Croslis' decision to support a candidate so egregiously unqualified as Scott Ott for County Executive. Scott Ott is the standard-bearer for the kind of radical, obstructionist politics that have plagued Washington for years.”
Pennsylvania Democratic Chairman Jim Burn offered his support for Tom Muller and was critical of Ott. “Tom Muller is fighting to make Lehigh County a better place to live, work, and raise a family. His opponent, Scott Ott would fight for his extremist Tea Party buddies, not the majority of Lehigh County. Lehigh County deserves a strong leader and Tom Muller is that leader,” Burn said.
“Let me be clear: Matt Croslis speaks only for himself,” said Lehigh County Democratic Party Chairman Rick Daugherty. “Tom Muller is the Lehigh County Democrats choice for County Executive. Matt's endorsement is interesting, but not significant. Personally, I've had several Republican Elected Officials approach me discreetly to share with me their support of Tom Muller. Mr. Croslis holds the appointment to County Executive because he is a Democrat. To see Matt Croslis only a few months after getting this position publicly support Mr. Ott, whose position and views could not be further from ours as Democrats, is disappointing.”
Matt Croslis’s endorsement may make headlines today, but it will not undermine the will of the people on Tuesday. Tom Muller has broad support from both Democrats and Republicans and looks forward to a hard fought final weekend, victory on Tuesday and four years of dedicated service to the residents of Lehigh County.
Contact: Mick Dee
Muller For Lehigh County