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Thursday, May 02, 2019
Trump Sign May Have Doomed DiLuzio's DA Race
Northampton County is one of 209 purple counties to vote twice for Barack Obama, then Donald Trump.He won with 49.63% of the vote. This happened because, obviously, some Democrats voted for him. Since then, the pendulum has swung back to favor Democrats.A Democratic County Exec and five Council members were swept into office in 2017. So long as Trump keeps tweeting, things will stay that way.
Though DiLuzio seeks the Democratic nomination, she was a registered Republican until November 19 of last year. This was just two days after incumbent District Attorney John Morganelli announced he had enough as the county's top prosecutor and would let someone else shoulder the responsibility. Her voting history from 1996 shows that, except for 2012 and 2013, she has always voted as a Republican.
This completely stunned many local Democrats, especially those active in local elections. DiLuzio has been a frequent supporter Democratic supporter. She has backed State Senator Lisa Boscola, Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez and NorCo Exec Lamont McClure. I've seen her at numerous Democratic fundraisers, so I was surprised by her Republican affiliation.
When confronted over her party switch, Diluzio responded that she is a Democrat. "My values align and have aligned with the values of the Democratic party," she explained.
I accepted this explanation, but it is now known that she had a Trump campaign sign affixed to her front door during the 2016 election. Lehigh County Comm'r Amy Zanelli uploaded a photograph at Lehigh Valley Roar over the weekend "Just thought you might want to see her front door," she says.
Reaction has been quick and furious. I've been told (not confirmed) Lehigh Valley Roar and some of the unions backing her have withdrawn their support. Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez, her campaign chair, has asked for an explanation. And yesterday, she met with her campaign consultant, who is only willing now to help DiLuzio withdraw.
DiLuzio acknowledged that she did have a Trump sign affixed to her door, which faces her next door neighbor. She denies that she supports Trump, calling him "abhorrent." She admitted that a Trump sign was on her door during the 2016 race,, but only for a few days. She said her neighbor had been besieging her with Hillary information, and the Trump sign was an attempt to give her some of her own medicine. She added that in many marriages, a husband and wife can support different candidates.
I find it kind of bizarre that someone would hold onto a picture taken in 2016, and then use it three years later. But it's obvious that's what happened. So I find DiLuzio's explanation is credible. Having said that, I will support Terry Houck.
Taking DiLuzio at her word, she admits to taunting a neighbor. Vindictiveness should be absent in a prosecutor. Though both are great administrators, Houck is an experienced prosecutor who has tried most of the county's most difficult cases since he came aboard. In contrast, DiLuzio has had two jury trials. As a prosecutor, Houck has tried capital cases. DiLuzio has no death penalty certification.
Diluzio is very personable. I admit I like her. I accept her explanation. I support Terry Houck.
Erratum, 2:00 pm: I incorrectly stated Dems won five seats on NorCo Council in 2017. They won four.