Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Wayne Woodman to Step Down as LC Party Boss
Wayne Woodman started his bridge burning a few years ago with Dean Browning, arguably Lehigh County's finest Commissioner. Because Browning was unwilling to bend his conscience to Woodman's political will, he was branded a traitor and tossed out of office by a group of four conservatives spearheaded by Scott Ott. They promised to cut spending, but increased it. They promised to reduce taxes, but increased them. Along the way, Ott made insensitive remarks about the seniors who benefit from meals on Wheels that came back to haunt him when he decided to run for Executive ... and lost.
Woodman alienated many within his own party. It only started with Dean Browning. He then went on to dissuade Wanda Mercado Arroyo from running a state house race, reportedly telling her Republicans there not ready for a Latina. He slammed an up-and-coming Republican, Ron Beitler, who represents the very best from his party. He alienated Allentown conservative Scott Armstrong and Controller Glenn Eckhart. Republican State Representatives had little use for Woodman, who played the control game far too much.
The surprise is not that Woodman is bowing out, but that it took four years.