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Friday, August 26, 2016
John Brown: NorCo's MIA Exec Aboard the Trump Train
I had to laugh when Northampton County Executive John Brown discussed absenteeism at Gracedale during the last County Council meeting. He piously condemned underpaid bastards who "abuse the system." That's precisely what he's doing himself. Our full-time, $85,000 per year, Exec is playing hookie while he runs for state auditor general against incumbent Eugene DePasquale. Your real estate tax dollars are paying him to traipse all over the state, as his Facebook page reveals.
But don't worry. While he's out looking for another job, he's placed the County in the capable hands of a high school graduate with no education, no experience but plenty of tax liens and a foreclosure. You have no reason to worry.
In Rome Township,136 miles away from the courthouse, he bragged that he's fixed Northampton County and has actually expanded services, and without raising taxes. I wonder how big his nose grew as he spoke. County services are at an all-time low, thanks to his refusal to fill vacancies. In his first year in office, his Republican-led Council raised taxes a mill. Just a month ago, he unsuccessfully lobbied Council to impose a $5 hike on vehicle registrations.
Brown brags that he's a creature of "corporate America," but has never named any of the companies he turned around in the private sector, if they exist at all.
That's none of your business, like Trump's tax returns.
It's little wonder that Brown has announced from his Facebook page (which has only about 300 "likes" statewide) that he endorses Trump. "We need to make both America and Pennsylvania great again!"
I'd like to make Northampton County great again, and the best way to do that is by getting rid of John Brown.
Even Republicans have tired of his corporate babble and insistence on "government by consultant," as Lamont McClure liked to say.
The Colonel, as Council member Hayden Phillips is called, is reportedly considering a run. Even more ominously, so is State Rep. Joe Emrick.