Pawlowski Endorsed by Lehigh Valley Building Trades

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski
Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski got the support of the Lehigh Valley Building Trades (LVBT) in his bid for Governor.

The trades council represents 20 local construction unions in the region.

In a press release sent out by his campaign on Wednesday, Pawlowski and Jim Reilly, President of the LVBT, spoke of their mutual respect that stems from working together to revitalize Allentown.

“Mayor Pawlowski has done a remarkable job of transforming Allentown,” said Reilly. “He has created thousands of jobs for our members, and there is no better supporter of working families than Ed Pawlowski, and I’ve known him for quite a long time. Mayor Pawlowski is the only candidate who has created jobs, and he is the only candidate for Governor who can bring jobs back to Pennsylvania.”

“[The LVBT] are a major part of the renaissance we are experiencing in Allentown, building us a state-of-the-art arena and hotel complex, as well as the surrounding office buildings,” said Pawlowski. “They are giving us their best work, and nothing makes me happier than to see their members working and supporting their families when I pass by there every day. These are the type of jobs that Governor Corbett has failed to bring to our State, and why the middle class is disappearing in Pennsylvania.”

Like Pawlowski’s last two union endorsements, this one comes from his very own backyard. He also has the support of the Iron Workers Local 420 of eastern and central Pennsylvania, and IBEW Local 375.

4 Responses

  1. JackB-
    I get the impression from my friends in Allentown that the jobs/building are at the expense of other problems, and involve the kind of backroom deals, politics, cronyism and sellouts of the public interest that should be exposed. (possibly under subpoena)

    Let’s just say, I wouldn’t trust Pawlowski and his crew to run a hot dog stand.

    (P.S. For all the legal beagles out there, I was careful to say that this was my “impression”, rather than make a direct accusation of corruption or impropriety. But, considering that 40% of Allentown voters in Nov 2013 wanted to replace Pawlowski with an Independent candidate, I’d venture a guess that the Mayor is not the most trusted politician in America.)

  2. I don’t think Pawlowski can win this time around, but you do have to give him credit for what he’s done with Allentown. Lots of new jobs and $ going in to redeveloping the city and a pension that is fully funded. You can’t knock that. Give the mayor some credit. At least he has a track record as an executive. Can’t say that about others.

  3. Pawlowski’s mayoral opponent got 40% of the vote in November, despite Pawlowski having more money, two terms of incumbency, and being on both the Dem and Rep ballots.

    He’s barely got a base in Allentown.

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