Jul 27, 2017
Schism In Lehigh Valley Democratic Party
The Lehigh Valley Democratic Party Committee has thrown Chairman (for now) Walter Felton and the new minority party members shown above under the bus. Yesterday afternoon one of the committee members forwarded their statement to blogger Bernie O'Hare, stating that Walter Felton was speaking for himself, and not the local party. We are seeing a schism between the county suburban, mostly white establishment and the city urban core, which they had formally embraced to mint new voters.
When Ed Pawlowski was campaigning to win the Democratic primary, I reported that he was courting the minority beauty and barber shop owners. I called it the Marion Barry vote. A Black Democratic political consultant accused me of being racially insensitive on facebook, because of my bluntness. A Black woman who moved here from Washington DC told me outright that she supported Barry in spite of his criminal wrongdoings. She is now very comfortable supporting Pawlowski.
Now that Pawlowski's indictment has become very real, Felton and the folks pictured above apparently spoke out of turn. They apparently were not authorized to endorse Pawlowski, who now is a full blown liability.
I believe that we're witnessing the beginning of a split between the city and county Democrats. The County party wanted those urban votes, but the white suburban voters aren't ready for Marion Barry moments. Don't expect any committee members to verify my observations, but the people shown above don't appreciate being dissed.
A local Democratic activist on the molovinsky on allentown sounding board contributed to this post.