Since his party affiliation isn’t mentioned until the 22nd paragraph, you can already assume he’s a Democrat.
Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, who is running for a fourth term leading Pennsylvania’s third-largest city, has been charged in federal court in a pay-to-play scheme, his lawyer said.
The charges were filed Tuesday but sealed, said Jack McMahon, Pawlowski’s attorney, adding that they will be made public Wednesday morning. It is the culmination of a lengthy investigation that came to light with an FBI raid on Allentown City Hall on July 2, 2015, and has since cast a pall over the city at a critical time in its revitalization.
“With this indictment, a new day is coming for the city and its residents,” Allentown Council President Ray O’Connell said. “The cloud is beginning to disappear. We’re finally going to get some answers.”
O’Connell called on Pawlowski to resign immediately, though the mayor is under no obligation to do so, despite the charges.
“No, I will not be stepping down or dropping out of the campaign,” Pawlowski told The Morning Call in response.
He had no comment about the charges, adding he’s “not even sure what the indictment is.” Pawlowski said he would hold a news conference Wednesday when he had more information.
Nine have pleaded guilty in the case, including several contractors, the mayor’s former campaign manager and several high-ranking city officials — all of whom pointed a finger at a public official who is unnamed in court documents but matches only Pawlowski’s description.
Pawlowski has denied any wrongdoing. In court documents filed with the nine other cases, federal prosecutors spelled out a pay-to-play scheme in which city work allegedly was promised to contractors in exchange for campaign donations. McMahon said he did not know specifically what Pawlowski has been charged with.
You’ll notice Democrats are never hounded to resign. If he were a Republican his own party would force him out. If you stayed with the story long enough, they finally got around to mentioning his party.
At the height of the fervor against the mayor, Allentown City Council unanimously passed a resolution of no-confidence in the mayor in January 2016, calling for him to step aside. But in May, Pawlowski won the Democratic nomination for a fourth term in office by taking a comfortable lead in a crowded field of candidates.
At least one news outlet got around to mentioning his party in the seventh paragraph. You know if here were a Republican it would be in the first sentence. But don’t you ever accuse the media of being biased.