Aug 7, 2017
What Now For Allentown
With Ray O'Connell entering the mayoral race as a write-in, the dynamics of the contest change. Some students of the local political scene think that the anti-Pawlowski vote will be divided up between O'Connell and Hyman, giving Pawlowski a plurality election eve.
Certainly, O'Connell's entrance can only take votes away from Hyman. While some Republicans complain that he is only one of them by opportunity, that accusation may actually be a plus in Democratic Allentown. So far, I haven't seen Hyman defend his recent Republican registration.
Although Allentown would certainly be better off with either O'Connell or Hyman, I'm refraining from any predictions, with one exception. Regardless of who wins, Allentown has been lessened because Pawlowski won the primary. The fact that about 28% of the votes cast in the Democratic Primary were for someone with compromised integrity, doesn't bode well for Allentown's future. These supporters will continue their own agenda, regardless of who wins in November. Future politicians will have to pander to this element, who are more concerned with entitlements than ethics.