|The Callahan Clan|
I'll tell you about the Dream Team below, but this little story is about the Gang of Eight.
Not one of them takes a shit without getting clearance from every other member.
Who is this Gang of Eight, you might ask? They are the leaders of the James Delgrosso faction of the Democratic party in Bethlehem. In 2003, they were at the losing end of a gang war for control of Bethlehem.
The ultimate victor, the Callahan Clan, is led by Mayor John Callahan.
It was a wild war disguised as a Mayoral race involving several other smaller gangs. The Flying Dutchmen, led by Ron Heckman, flew away when Ron discovered his candidacy violated the Hatch Act. The Hatchet Gang, led by Tony Ryback, gained some notoriety when he actually brought a hatchet to a debate. And who could forget the Goofball Gang, led by current state prison inmate Jim Gregory? In addition to scaling fences and chasing Rendell campaign buses, Gregory was eventually locked out of his own campaign offices after one union realized he is insane.
Every member of the Gang of Eight wears a St. Michael's medal.
Jim Delgrosso: "St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle. Be our protector. Against the snares. And the wickedness of the devil. John Callahan, too. Now son, who's that?
Donchez: "St. Michael."
Delgrosso: "Who is it?"
Donchez: "St. Michael."
Delgrosso: "And what did he do?"
Donchez: "He cast Satan out of Paradise. Callahan, too."
Delgrosso: "Good boy."
OK, OK, but who are they? I've already mentioned Donchez and Morganelli, who started their apprenticeship many years ago in the world of South Bethlehem politics. In those days, there really were bagmen, including Committeemen who would sell their support to the highest bidder. Bob emerged from that world as a boy scout, while Morganelli is District Attorney. State Senator Lisa Boscola, who emerged from that world as well, is the third member.
Then there's Leeson brothers Bill and Jay, two of the finest lawyers in the Lehigh Valley. Another excellent attorney, municipal attorney Jim Broughal, is part of this mix. As a Vietnam War vet, Broughal likes to keep a low profile.
Francis "Butch" Macri is another member of this inner circle. I don't know much about him except that his head is as big as a Sputnik, and has its own solar system.
Finally, there's the Pope. But he's ex officio.
These are the guys who decided on Donchez' dream team.