|Steve Barron and Lamont McClure|
Ron Angle and Hayden Phillips, both of whom are Republicans, were generally impressed."It was the right kind of a speech for a business crowd," said Angle. "I think it was a good speech," added Phillips. "It is a positive story."
Lamont McClure and Steve Barron, both of whom are Democrats, were unenthusiastic.
Barron claims Brown failed "to address the positions in several areas of the county that have not been filled and are needed to provide services to the taxpayers of the county. The shuffling of accounting staff and excessive spending on new office furniture amount to nothing more than rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic."
Lamont McClure, a Bethlehem attorney and former NorCo Council member, is running for Brown's job. I think it only fair that I publish his critique in its entirety.
"This morning I had the opportunity to attend Mr. Brown's State of the County. My hope was that Mr. Brown would put forth an agenda that would improve the lives of the citizens of Northampton County. Unfortunately, what we saw and heard was a sleep inducing PowerPoint presentation that was so full of misinformation and falsehoods that it's almost impossible to unpack. However, what he did do is repackage his callous war on county employees as synergies and efficiencies that save taxpayers money. A deeper dive into the numbers reveal the so-called savings to have been minimal - while the damage to the lives of employees has been real.
"When you practice Tea Party politics, as Mr. Brown does, the stated purpose of these so-called savings measures is to return the money to the people. Instead, fueled by a corrupt and crony-filled administration he not only failed to cut taxes, he increased taxes on our people by 10%. The Brown Administration is corrupt, crony-filled and callous. It's time to protect Seniors, preserve green space and create the conditions for prosperity."