As a Republican, Hough is likely unaware that there is no such thing as a "Bethlehem Democratic Party Machine." That's gone by the wayside for at least the past 20 or 30 years. Precinct captains who at one time could be counted on to deliver votes have been replaced by factions and in-fighting. The last thing anyone running for office should do is rely on his local political party. Samuelson, who has been in office several centuries, knows this.
Hough complains he's getting static over two ads he wants to run in Bethlehem's newsletter, which will be published October 6. He claims that a city official recently called him to say he had to pull them or give Samuelson some time to come up with his own.
Here's what I know. The City of Bethlehem used to publish a bare-bones newsletter paid for with recycling funds. About two years ago, it decided to spice things up with more content about everything going on and what services are available. Instead of paying for it with public funds, the City hired a company to solicit ads from local businesses. There were never any political ads until Hough decided he wanted to place them.
According to Mayor Bob Donchez, Hough's claim is "inaccurate." He declined further comment.
Hough also gripes that he was denied a permit for a rally he wanted to hold in July, protesting Governor Tom Wolf's shutdown. At that time, the City was in the middle of its own shutdown, and admits it mistakenly denied the permit.
I see no "deep state" conspiracy and the "machine" has been broken a long time.
What about Diaper Man? Does Samuelson want to buy an ad? Nah. He's too cheap. He's only got about three cents in his warchest and makes his staffers bring in their own toilet paper.
He's so tight with a buck that he should be a Republican.
I'm glad Hough is running. He gives voters a choice. But he's got this wrong.