Two media outlets reported on Friday, April 2 that South Whitehall Township Commissioner Matthew Mobilio resigned abruptly after just 15 months into his 4-year term. Supposedly, Matthew Mobilio was frustrated with what he called “unprecedented obstruction” of a “citizen-focused agenda.” But the bare truth is, Matthew Mobilio was in the majority of every 3-2 vote, so there is nothing he and Commissioners Morgan and Setton couldn’t accomplish together!
Despite this fact, board president Tori Morgan quickly came to his defense saying she will “support him in his future focus.” Really? His future focus, in his words, is to “dedicate my energies to ensuring those same individuals (“current, former and prospective commissioners”) will be denied election and/or re-election.”
As reported by the Morning Call, “In a statement responding to Mobilio’s resignation letter, (Commissioners) Wolk and Kelly said the notion that Mobilio’s agenda faced “unprecedented obstruction” is “misleading and ironic,” seeing as he is often part of the majority in those successful votes. Kelly and Wolk “often provided their differing, fact-based opinions, but have been constantly ridiculed and outnumbered 3-2.” Most notably, they wrote, “Differences of opinion are not a form of obstruction. They are essential for good government and fair representation of the change South Whitehall citizens voted for in 2019.”
Did Matthew Mobilio, the self-aggrandizing attorney who has gone on a high-profile offense in the media against the Lehigh County District Attorney and filed a federal lawsuit against local police departments, resign from an elected position because he was frustrated with discussions about South Whitehall’s withdrawal of financial support for porta-potties for youth sports and details about meeting minutes? Does this seem like a plausible reason? Would he quit after serving less than a third of his term just to help his friend get re-elected after she has served on the board for the last 13 years??
I suspect there is more to this than meets the eye. What do you think?
Blogger's Note: I thank Brad for his perspective. He and blogger Michael Molovinsky both hail from South Whitehall. Molovinsky notes that Mad Matty Mobilio gave an "overly long resignation speech" in which he blamed everyone and everything but himself.