Thursday, November 07, 2013
Willie Reynolds Endorsement Hurt Callahan
The room, which included about 200 Bethlehem Democrats who had voted, burst into applause.
That's the price John Callahan paid for endorsing Donchez's opponent, J. Willie Reynolds, during the May primary.
After the race was over, Callahan did patch things up during a lunch with Donchez, who understands how politics works. But he never after that asked Donchez to appear with him at any event, leaving Donchez supporters free to believe what they wanted.
The same is true of Glenn Reibman, who had a strong core of supporters.
During the primary, Callahan made a point of reaching out to local officials. That stopped after he became the nominee.
Callahan's endorsement of Willie was honest and showed leadership. But it did hurt him politically.