news conference last month, Northampton County Executive John Brown blasted the leadership of his two most immediate predecessors. "The challenges we face today are a direct result of the failure of leadership over the last eight years - and certainly the eight before that," he pontificated. But a review of his voting record, obtained yesterday, reveals that Brown is a failed citizen. Though people have fought wars over the right to vote, Brown himself had no interest in local government and was only rarely at the polls.
He was a member of the Apathy Party.
According to County records, Brown registered to vote in Northampton County on March 25, 1997. But he did not vote in the '97 municipal primary or general election. He cast no vote at all until the 1999 municipal primary, after which he skipped voting in the general election.
After that, Brown voted in the 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2008 general election. He did not vote in the primaries those years. He failed to vote at all in the municipal races that took place in 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007. He also kipped out on a hot 2006 election that pitted Charlie Dent against Charles Dertinger for Congress and Bob Casey against Rick Santorum for the US Senate.
He did not bother voting at all in the race in which John Stoffa was chosen to lead Northampton County.
Brown did not start voting regularly until 2009, when he decided to run for Bangor Mayor.
I asked his public relations consultant, Kim Plyler, to explain how he can claim any sort of leadership skills when it's pretty clear he had no interest in his own government. I'm still waiting for an explanation on the legality of the no-bid contracts. If I hear anything, I will pass it along.