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Friday, March 09, 2018

Fed Ed: "So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish"

I said I'd believe it when I saw it, and I saw it ... at least on video. Yesterday afternoon, a "disappointed" and  "saddened" Edwin "Fed Ed" Pawlowski announced from the stoop of his 11th Street home that he was stepping down as Allentown's mayor. He was surrounded by men and women holding bibles.When he finished speaking, he declined to take any questions, which more or less has been his modus operandi for the past 12 years. Instead he returned to his mancave while his flamboyant attorney, Jack McMahon, parried with the press. Here are my observations.

1) No remorse. - Although Fed.Ed was "so very sorry that you and the City had to endure this long, drawn-out saga," he said nothing that hinted at the slightest remorse or acceptance of responsibility. Instead, he vowed to appeal his sentence as his factotums applauded. He's portraying himself, and not Allentown's citizenry, as the victim.

2) With one exception, no Democratic leaders joined Fed Ed. Most of the people I saw are the same ones who stood by him in July, when he was first indicted. I was at that news conference, and remember them telling me then to wait for the verdict. Well, the verdict is in. One fellow leery of the crowd began taking pictures of the Fed Ed detractors.

3) Congressional candidate Rick Daugherty joined and supported Fed Ed. - He even applauded Pawlowski several times. He apparently thinks this will help his chances and that people will flock to a campaign that endorses political corruption. "Bernie, I support the legal system," he explained. "In all my dealings with Ed I never saw anything illegal, not even a hint of anything illegal. The appeals process is part of that legal system." This is something you should consider when you vote in the primary. Daugherty has sided with political corruption.

4) Jack McMahon is a noble man. -  I've seen McMahon handle several criminal cases in Northampton County. I've told you that when the money is gone, so is he. But this lugubrious lawyer is standing by Fed Ed even though the Allentown Mayor is now impecunious. McMahon said he would defend Fed Ed to the end. He also said that when Pawlowski was first charged, but I expected him to be gone by now. I was wrong. His decision to stand by the now guilty Mayor may be difficult for some of you to understand, but to me, it demonstrates a great deal of personal integrity. We are all lucky that lawyers like McMahon are still out there. Since I am firmly convinced that Fed Ed is guilty as hell, I would want him to have the best possible representation. He has it.

46 comments:

Anonymous said...

It’s the City Without Limits, or remorse and shame:

Anonymous said...

Rick D. is a gutter slug.

Anonymous said...

Daugherty, not Ed, represents the dregs of an appearenttly bottomless political party.
“March for our lives”, indeed.

Anonymous said...

Where’s Walt?
LOL!!!

Anonymous said...

Reps Little Peter and Little Mike wanted to be there but they had prior obligations with their families.
They are husbands and fathers.
See their FB pages and prepair to be charmed.

Anonymous said...

It’s official!
For at least the rest of today, Ed Pawlowski is Pennsylvania’s ZOMBIE Mayor.

Anonymous said...

If an election was held tomorrow, Fed Ed would win handily. That's why Allentown deserves every bad thing that happens to it. Enjoy your paradise, you morons.

Anonymous said...

Bernie - I thought I saw you in the Call picture this morning. Must have been your doppelganger.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely NO REMORSE! Now this stupid Bast--- is showing the federal judge he has no remorse and would do it again. Here is a psychotic individual with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Do not take responsibility, it is always somebody's else fault. That will look really good on his pre-sentence report!

By staying to Friday, 5:00 p.m., he can receive another weekly paycheck from the suckers of Allentown.

I personally know Mr. McMahon from a Philadelphia connection and know he is not a very benevolent person. As attorney for the mob, he stuck numerous underworld figures with large bills and did basically nothing. Granted, he does have star quality court presence, however, he tends to piss off a lot of people, diminishing his record in courtroom successes. I'm sure he will do an excellent job on the appeal, how else will he get paid by the dishonorable one.

Anonymous said...

Walt Felton for mayor!

Anonymous said...

To the points in your post:

1) I agree with you 100% that there was no remorse from Pawlowski, or (as you note) acceptance of responsibility.

2) Not surprised that most politicians stayed away. As a general rule, politicians only want to be at happy occasions like ribbon-cuttings when a business opens, but will be nowhere to be found when that business closes. I certainly wouldn't expect the cabal of Democrat elected officials who cozied up to Ed (when it was good for them to do so) to remind people of those ties now that he's been found guilty. After all, they were likely aware of what was going on, but happy when the results were going their way. The ends justifies the means (any means) to those people.

3) Surprising about Daugherty. Never thought he was a particularly great candidate in any of his races, but I thought better of him. If he didn't know what was going on in City Hall, or thinks that what we learned from the trial is in any way acceptable, Daugherty doesn't deserve to be elected to any office. Disappointing, to say the least.

4) Couldn't disagree more about McMahon. I don't think his theatrics and courtroom presentation scored any points with jurors and likely turned many off. At yesterday's news conference, he was the bully Pawlowski couldn't be as he insulted reporters who were asking legitimate (albeit uncomfortable) questions about why Pawlowski resigned or even ran for mayor again. He certainly dodged the question about whether he was being paid by some outside party to continue with Pawlowski's appeals. Given the rumors that the FBI tried to get Pawlowski to roll on others higher up in Philadelphia's Democrat machine, I wouldn't be surprised if some Philly money will be paying Pawlowski's legal bills going forward.

Anonymous said...

So Mr. Daugherty is BLIND. I don't like to see that in public. I'll remember this when I vote for someone, anyone else. Even Pawlowski's attorney complimented the jury - as well as the prosecution. A blind fool. Thank you so much for pointing this out Bernie.

No, there was not a hint of remorse in Pawlowski. If anything, he implied that it is the prosecution's fault that the public had to endure the trial - when it was his.

Bernie O'Hare said...

6:33, Must have been. I was not there.

Anonymous said...

What are the chances that Ed pulls a Budd Dywer today as he ends his "career" as mayor?

Bernie O'Hare said...

9:14, McMahon may have made a mistake in constantly replaying recordings during the trial, and that did bother one juror. But I was very impressed at his skill. I loved his cross of Ruchlewicz even though he was replaying those recordings. I love the way he refused to let the judge push him around a trial.A judge will try to intimidate lawyers, and if he succeeds, that lawyer is worthless. McMahon also did a good job of humanizing an unlikable person. As for arguing with a reporter, the reporter was Bo Koldcock, and he was both argumentative and asking stupid questions. McMahon handled him deftly. I notice no reporter rushed to Bo's defense.

Up until yesterday, I though McMahon was all about the money. Good, but a mercenary. I had him wrong. He is zealously representing his client within the bounds of the law, and is acting in the highest tradition of his profession. People like me, who have been disciplined, give lawyers a bad name. But most of the lawyers I know have a deep sense of personal integrity. McMahon is one such lawyer.

You are certainly welcome to argue the opposite.

Anonymous said...

No remorse from the evil... and where was the "First Lady"? Come on Ed.. even Nixon's wifey was there when the famous lines "I am not a crook" were sung....

Our very own soon to be orange jump suited telly tubby Fed Ed will son realize his remorse... No one at Camp Fed wants to nor will listen to his BS.. he is just another "slug" on the floor

Anonymous said...

Rick D. is toast.
Stick a fork in him.
Schweyer and Schlossburg live on to hack and shill another day.
They have lovely families.
The dopiest new rubber stamp, Squire Courtney, awaits his newest acting assignment and, as always, is eager and ready to please and display his sincerity. He’s nothing if not sincere.
Jenn Mann looms in the shadows, drinking and plotting and drinking some more.
It’s the Year of the Woman.
Alan Jennings has gone silent.... for the moment. Remember, he’s a living legend.
The Voice of the Little People.
The Righteous Voice of the Little People.
The phone lines will be doing double duty this weekend.
The smell of blood is in the water.
It’s a new dawn in the City Without Limits.

Anonymous said...

There are now three APD cops on City Council.
This should be fun to watch.

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Bernie O'Hare said...

Please do not post lies.

Anonymous said...

If Ed and Jack are going to continue staging this type of public event Ed is going to have to get a referral from Jack to his taylor.
Ed just can’t keep wearing Soviet vintage fashion with those Bush era politico neck ties.
It’s not an appealing look.
Image is everything.

Small Fry said...

Allentown has the best recycling program in the country. They have expanded to recycling animate objects. Rubber stampers!!

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Pawlowski’s red hair is a bold SJW statement that deserves to be applauded.
I’m not now, when?

Anonymous said...

IF not now.......

Anonymous said...

Werewolves of London.....

Anonymous said...

There are no lies, only not correct versions of the truth.

Doc Rock said...

At 11:39 AM, Bernie said, "...the reporter was Bo Koldcock..."

Hmmm. Sounds like the name of an actor in a cheap porno movie from the '70s.

Anonymous said...

Remorseless fool.

No lawyer works for free.

I sent my "throw the book, send a message" letter to judge Sanchez, for what it's worth.

Allentown gets the government it asks for.

VOR

Anonymous said...

I like Jack.
He’s a guy’s guy, unlike his pasty client,
but he got his ass kicked and his pride and his street creds have taken a wuppin’.
Jack knows Ed is a low life liar without the balls or brash of his mob clients, but he’s gotta pretend to rectify this shit show.

Anonymous said...

Or maybe this-----2016-C-2378---factors in...

Bernie O'Hare said...

Be more clear.

Anonymous said...

Now is a time for healing and mercy. We need to turn out attention to moving on. Let God sort out what comes next for this man and his family. The constant attacks need to stop. Please try and think of something to say that is encouraging and loving. Remorse is in the eye of the beholder.

Anonymous said...

Ya’ gotta love Jack.
Ed?
Not so much.

Anonymous said...

^^
LOL!!!!

Anonymous said...

I’m all about mercy and compassion.
Six months for every felony count, plus time off for good behavior.
My God is a merciful God.

Anonymous said...

Pawlowski’s family already got their break when Lisa Pawlowski was spared indictment.
Mrs. Pawlowski was in it up to her eye teeth.

Anonymous said...

The place is still a shit-hole.
That hasn’t changed.

Anonymous said...

What is going to happen to all those city employees that got to go to shows in Ed’s private suite at PPL? I feel bad for them.

Anonymous said...

Jail Mike Moore.

Anonymous said...

He'll get a slap on the wrist. Typical for our "public servents" His underlings paid the price. King and Queen will move on to better and bigger offices! SUPPORT EDWIN PAWOLSKI! Send kind letters!!! ROTFLMAO!

Anonymous said...

The community will pray for our former Mayor.

Anonymous said...

I’m praying for thirty to forty years.

Anonymous said...

da manslab will be tapping Lady big Mac's cheeks soon enough in the rumpus room!

Bernie O'Hare said...

To the alcoholic Trump supporter who is always attacking a judge and his family: get some help. Your comments have a shelf life of about 30 seconds. You have already pussied out of a meeting with some of the baseball people you slam. So you are a coward and prove that even more by failing to identify yourself. If you continue, I am going to file a complaint with New Jersey police.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Don’t mess with me. People who do end up paying for it.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Bernie the judge and his family don’t deserve this they are good people