Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Pawlowski to NBC 10: I Have No Intention of Resigning
After a groundbreaking for the new Butz Corporate Center at 9th and Hamilton yesterday, Allentown Mayor Edwin Pawlowski told NBC-10's Doug Shimell that he has "no intention of resigning," and that "we got great things going on in the City of Allentown. Like a deepening FBI investigation in which his right-hand man, political and business consultant Miked Fleck, wore a wire for 90 days.
An FBI search warrant and subpoena, published in The Morning Call, makes one wonder exactly what these "great things" are. It's pretty clear that a federal grand jury is looking at NIZ contractors who have ties to Pawlowski and other elected officials. The revelation that Mike Fleck was Miked Fleck for 90 days is bound to dampen enthusiasm as long as Mayor Pawlowski remains at the helm. If he really had the regard for the City that he claims to have, he should step aside.
Another reason why Pawlowski and others should be concerned can be summed up in two words - Scott Curtis. He is the FBI agent whose name appears on the federal documents, and that's a bad sign for anyone who thinks this is just a passing shower.
Curtis is a hard-charging mob buster who is reported to have virtually destroyed the Colombo crime family in NYC. Over a decade, he participated in the arrest of over 100 mobsters. Even more interestingly, he flipped about a dozen of them, just as Fleck was obviously flipped.
The FBI has brought their A game.