Fed Up With Tea People, Lifelong Republican Tom Muller Running for Lehigh County Exec As a Democrat

Unfortunately Democratic voters were unable to appreciate the genius of the “party switch” message in last year’s 15th District primary, but it is going to be a great asset to Tom Muller. The fact of the party switch tells voters everything they need to know. No more explanation is needed. Tom Muller used to be a Republican, but then the Republican Party lost their minds, and moderate people can no longer support them.

Here’s the money quote from Bernie O’Hare’s excellent report:

He chose the triangle for his announcement because that’s where the so-called “reform” team of County Commissioners wanted to send $209,000 in CDBG funds back to the federal government.

“I’m running for Lehigh County Exec because I’m not running for Congress. I’m running to serve the people of Lehigh County.

“I’ve heard an awful lot of talk over the last year over why we can’t take this money (referring to Emmaus Green Future fund grant money) from the government because we have a national debt or we owe China money. I think the job of County Executive is to serve everybody in the County, to work for you, to bring as much of our money that we send to Washington back here rather than to say, ‘No thank you, I don’t want it because you’ve got a national debt problem.’

The other (unintended) news from Tom Muller’s announcement is that Emmaus Councilman Wes Barrett will be running for Lehigh County Commissioner.

Emmaus Councilman Wes Barrett Running for Lehigh County Commissioner

Awesome:

But, if you were listening carefully, you learned that Barrett’s name will be on the ballet this fall as a Democratic candidate for District 5 in the Lehigh County Commissioner’s race.

That news came out during a speech by Democrat Tom Muller, the director of administration for Lehigh County, who came to Emmaus Wednesday to announce that he intends to run for Lehigh County Executive. Muller told those in attendance that he was happy to be standing with the full slate of Democratic commissioner candidates, including Barrett.

After Muller’s speech, Barrett confirmed that he intends to run for Lehigh County Commissioner in November, although he hasn’t “officially” announced his candidacy. He said that the Lehigh County Democrats have slowly getting the word out for him, through events and speeches such as Muller’s.

The Democratic slate is looking a lot stronger now with Barrett, Brace and Muller on the ticket. Any rumors about who’s running in the other districts?

(Thanks: Jennifer Marangos)