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Friday, March 24, 2017

Fed Ed's Seth Williams Connection

As most of you probably know, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has been indicted on bribery and extortion charges, has pleaded not guilty and is currently out on bail. A reading of the indictment makes him look like a greedy pig. What most of you don't know is that he and Allentown Mayor Edwin "Fed Ed" Pawlowski were acquainted. In fact, that's how Allentown ended up with Joel Fitzgerald (no relation to Ella) as a police chief in 2013.  

Fed Ed and Miked Fleck ran into Williams at some function. The DA was aware that Allentown was looking for a police chief and made a pitch for Fitzgerald because the two had grown up together. Fitzgerald had spent 18 years in Philly as a cop. But in 2013, he was police chief in Missouri City, Texas.

Fleck and Fed Ed agreed to bring in Fitzgerald. According to my source, there was a shakedown, but I see no evidence of it in Fed Ed's campaign finance reports.

Fitzgerald's son Christopher would later get into a shitload of trouble after an armed confrontation with undercover detectives. Fitzgerald then hired noted Philadelphia criminal defense attorney Jack McMahon, who won an acquittal for his son.

That's when Fed Ed met the man who represents him now. It must have been love at first sight.

McMahon, incidentally, is enjoying himself in the Caribbean and isn't expected back in the states until sometime next week, unless Trump imposes a travel ban on criminal defense lawyers.


Anonymous said...

It would have been very odd if there wasn't a shake down involved.
They were SOP.

Anonymous said...

The Mayor has not been charged with any crime despite this blogs hounding.

Anonymous said...

Somewhere there is a federal penitentiary band waiting for a new drummer.

Anonymous said...

I thought Seth Williams was the shit. I figured he'd be AG or Guv, eventually. My, how politicians can surprise and disappoint. People used to think Fed Ed was the shit. Now, he and Williams are just shit.

Anonymous said...

As a result of their connection the residents of Allentown were stuck with a no-good police chief who was only out for himself instead of a true professional such as Ted Kohuth. another on of Fed Ed's failed appointments.

Anonymous said...

Bernie your a 100% on point. Williams and Fitzgerald were connected and Pawlowski used his choice of Fitzgerald as a political statement on diversity. He started Fitzgerald at $29,000 more than the former Chief Roger MacLean and gave him a $9,000 raise in almost two years; a 6.9% increase. Fitzgerald, a carpet bagging police administrator, used his position as a stepping stone and left "Fed Ed" high and dry. Fitzgerald, who absolutely did nothing as Chief of Police, was almost as disappointing as the Afflerbach pick of Stephen L. Kuhn as Chief. Both outsiders, picked by questionable mayors with other agendas, left the department to other Chief's with their own agendas [Blackburn & Hanna]. And the cycle continues!

Bernie O'Hare said...

"I thought Seth Williams was the shit. I figured he'd be AG or Guv, eventually."

So did I.

Anonymous said...

As much as I don't want to admit it A.G.Holder and Lynch took down Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr and Chaka Fatah and D.A. Williams. All top shelf Democrats.D.A. Williams certainly a top priority rather than Mayor Pawloski.Only so many hours in a day.

M Hess said...

ROFL..I love that image soo much