Friday, January 29, 2016
Who's Going To Fed Ed's State of the Shitty?
Last year, his State of the Shitty drew about 250-300 people, with people lined up along the walls. So it will be interesting to see if this year's attendance is the same.
According to the Facebook announcement, this event will be attended by community and business leaders, City Council, members of his cabinet and department heads. But that announcement was published before City Council's no-confidence vote last week. I seriously doubt that a single Council member will be there. After calling on him to resign, it would be hypocritical to attend his address.
I also doubt that many community and business leaders will be there. They don't want to be handed a subpoena as they leave. But I'll try to note as many of those who do appear as I can. I'd just love to meet Lehigh Conference of Churches Exec Director Jack Felch.
Fed Ed's cabinet will be there, but only because they have no choice.
I fully expect His Goner to report that the State of the Shitty is just wonderful. I doubt he will mention the federal investigation or the four Allentown indictments, including three City Officials. I also doubt he'll discuss his failure to call a snow emergency before Saturday's storm. Or sending 30 homeless people into a blizzard. Or the delays caused by transfers of trucks and personnel to the Lehigh County Authority. Or the damage caused when Allentown's schools are forced to close their doors for a week. Or the poor children who will go hungry without the breakfast or lunch they can count on at school, if not at home. Or the news that federal investigators have expanded their investigation to the Parking Authority.
He's going to have to lie, but as the federal informations make clear, he's been lying to the FBI. Lying to the public is much easier.
If I have an opportunity to question him, I will. I have no intention of disrupting his speech. But when he lies, he knows he is going to be looking right at a number of people who know he's a liar.
I believe Rich Fegley and Bob Trotner are going. Deb Boylan, King Allentown's campaign manager, may be there as well.