|Bradley would not understand this guy.|
Parsons is his cousin.
No question that he has impressive credentials. He's educated and is in charge of employee relations at Merck. He has experience in government, too. He's currently President of the Nazareth School Board, which has raised taxes every year since he's been in leadership.
He's also fluent in corporate babble. He tells The Express Times, "Northampton County has an engaged county government, county work force and electorate. ...I believe that I have the unique set of skills, education and experience to bring all of these forces together and open a conversation and develop plans that will move Northampton County forward and provide a better life for everyone in the Lehigh Valley."
Basically, he wasted two sentences saying nothing, but sounded good. But like I said, he still has no idea what a counterman (sometimes pronounced cunterman) is.
Scott Parsons, a life long resident of the Slate belt knows. Slate belters use that word to disparage each other, usually as a joke. One family up that way engaged in more than its fair share of inbreeding, resulting in family histories in which someone's kissin' cousin might also be his mother. You urbanistas might refer to this group as white trash or the trailer park boys.
It is also a badge of honor. Slate belters, especially those along the mountain range, take pride in their way of life. They are mostly Republican, if they vote, but will not be swayed by some outsider who raises taxes and tells hem he has a unique set of skills.
Ordinarily, I'd say Parsons is in trouble. But Executive John Brown has been the Democrats' best friend. The Republican majority on Council has assisted him in governing by consultant. They allowed him to hire a PR consultant on the taxpayer dime. They gave us a voice over artist as Director of Community and Economic Development. Most of them voted for a high school graduate with no real experience as Director of Administration. They've stood by and watched county services diminish as staff vacancies increase. They've done nothing for county workers seriously impacted by a reduction in health benefits from an executive who wants to keep their wages low and reduce other benefits as well.
So I think Parsons has a shot, even in a Republican district. Parsons is basically a blue collar guy, and people who live in the slate belt can relate to him. They will not relate to some outsider from las Vegas who lives in a $600,000 home.
As Ron Angle is the Northampton County Bulldog, Parsons is the Northampton County Workhorse, with a 97% attendance rating last year. Bradley is mostly on the road. His facebook page is littered with comments complaining about his constant travels.
First leg of four destinations this week. It's going to be a brutal travel week this week. Not spending more than a day in any one location. Will be in a different state each day. On the bright side of things....I will be spending some time yoni get with some nephews/family that I have not seen in many years.
Connections stink...but its always nice to be back in Georgia....even if you don't leave the airport
Headed to the mid west today. Any recommendations for awesome barbeque in Kansas City?Given Bradley's hectic work and travel schedule, I seriously doubt he'll have much time for a County Council. Plus, he really won't be representing the slate belt because he does not understand the people.
I will say he has what appears to be a very nice family.