Yesterday’s plead agreement in which Bethlehem developer Ramzi Haddad pled guilty to charges of bribing Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski illustrate a corrupt city Administration in denial. The FBI raided city halls in Allentown and Reading this summer and the dominoes are beginning to fall. The DOJ will take down several of the players in each city before going after Mayors Pawlowski and Vaughn Spencer. After they have enough cooperating witnesses the charges will fall on both of them for corrupt activities.
Ed Pawlowski should not wait to vacate the office of Mayor. Yesterday’s information shows a Mayor who was clearly on the take for his U.S. Senate run and we should all be grateful his campaign never really got off the ground. Agreeing to accept $25,000 in campaign contributions in exchange for lenient City oversight of Haddad properties not only violated ethics but may have put Allentown residents at risk. It’s time for Ed to go gracefully.
As for Spencer the Reading Mayor has already been implicated in making an $1800 bribe to City Council President Francis Acosta to waive inconvenient campaign finance ethics laws. Acosta also pled guilty and resigned his seat. Spencer needs to resign so Reading can get past this scandal.