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Biden Congratulates Allentown Mayor on Win

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Vice President Joe Biden called Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski to congratulate him on his win last night and to wish him the best in his pursuit of the governorship.

Biden called Pawlowski while his team was still in the war room, gathering numbers and congratulated the mayor on his re-election. Next the VP went on speaker phone to talk to the Mayor’s campaign team and also congratulated Tom Muller for his close win for Lehigh County executive. Biden thanked their campaigns for “taking out the Tea Party in Lehigh County,” and fighting on the front lines, according to Pawlowski campaign manager Mike Fleck.

Muller overcame outspoken conservative Scott Ott.

Pawlowski won his third term with 62% of the vote; he was challenged by Independent candidate Michael Donovan.

He won his second term in 2009 by a much stronger margin, taking 74% of the votes in that race.

Pawlowski sought re-election as Allentown mayor this year after winning the Republican and Democratic nomination; however, after announcing his campaign for governor, the former vice president of Allentown City Council Donovan decided to challenge him, contending that the mayor’s attentions would not be on Allentown while he pursued the governor’s mansion.

“We’re going to tell the success story of Allentown across Pennsylvania in the governor’s campaign,” Pawlowski said. “The Allentown story is definitely a success story.”

Allentown is the fastest growing city in the state, and has a coveted Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ), a tax incentive tract of land for urban renewal projects. Allentown is building a hockey arena, a hotel and other restaurant and retail space, right in their downtown with the incentives from the zone.

Pawlowski is one of eight in the Democratic field for the governor nomination, a pack that includes Allyson Schwartz, Rob McCord, John Hanger, Tom Wolf, Katie McGinty, Max Myers and Jo Ellen Litz. As far as we know, Pawlowski is the only one who got a call from VPOTUS last night.

3 Responses

  1. What they WON’T Report on this blog: Michael Donovan raised only approximately 8 -10% of Pawlowski’s campaign funds and yet was still able to get 40% of the voters… He had a volunteer staff of 20 and no one was paid the $100.00 stipend. Now THAT’s the TRUE spin of this story…

  2. Pawlowski got ONLY 62% despite being a two term incumbent and being on BOTH the Dem and Rep ballots, against a non-party candidate with little money.

    That is a mighty hollow “victory”. It shows how weak/disliked Pawlowski is in his own city and how abysmal his campaign team is.

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