Friday, June 09, 2017
NorCo GOP Has a Trump Problem
Democrat nominee Lamont McClure is somewhat unknown. Though he is the Democratic party's standard bearer, 3,620 of the 13,140 Democrats who voted (27.5%) failed to cast a ballot for him. But Republican John Brown is in even worse shape He is the Republican incumbent, but 3,240 of the 9.972 Republicans who voted (32.5%) skipped his name.
Count on McClure to raise his visibility as he starts buying ads that portray Brown as enmeshed in a swamp of corruption, cronyism and callousness. When the general public learns of trips to New Orleans and Vegas, to say nothing of $800 popcorn machines and no-bid contracts, Brown is going to lose votes When Democrats learn he was a big Trump supporter, Brown is going to lose more votes. When they learn of his plans to build a new prison outside of Easton, he'll lose even more.
Despite the numerical superiority of Democrats, Northampton County turned red in the Presidential election last year. But there are growing signs of buyer's remorse with Donald Trump. Though his most rabid supporters are still with him, his polarization politics has alienated Democrats. His latest approval ratings stand at 39.6% by voters disenchanted that the presidency has devolved into a reality TV sideshow.
Like it or not, what goes on nationally has an impact on local races.
Brown and the rest of the GOP ticket are in trouble.