Percy Dougherty Should Switch Parties and Run for County Exec as a Democrat



  1. You mean other than the fact that Dougherty regularly disagrees with the Democrat Commissioners, is a moderate not a liberal, and has shown that he’s his own man and won’t be bullied by asshole party bosses, this would be a great plan?

    • Jon Geeting says:

      Dougherty is much closer to the Democrats than the Republicans, particularly on the issues actually in play in county government. He takes the liberal position on the Bi-County Health Department, as well as land use and open space, and isn’t for huge random program cuts. He’s more conservative on taxes than Democrats, but lots of Democrats in local office are wary of higher taxes. At base he believes that good policy can help make things better, and is not an anti-government ideologue. There is room for a person like that in the Democratic coalition. The Republican electorate does not seem to think there is any room for a person like that in the Republican coalition. Dougherty is going to get Browning’d if he runs in the GOP primary next year. He’d be better off switching if he wants to continue to serve.

    • John: That’s DemocratIC, if you don’t want to sound like a hick.

  2. I’ve known Percy for 30 years and Brad for about 10. They’re not Democrats, and your “coalition” is just as wacky as the extreme right.

    Another example of why we need a 3rd party.

    • Jon Geeting says:

      The Democratic coalition isn’t nearly as wacky. The Democratic Party is home to the left, and the sensible center-left and center-right. The Republican Party is home only to Jacobin tea people who think cutting the Lehigh budget by a random $5 million every year is a good idea, nevermind the programmatic consequences.

      People who actually want government to work well only have one party to turn to these days. Which is really too bad, because I would love to have the choice of a pro-market, pro-growth, pro-competent government party. But unfortunately there is no such party to choose. It’s time Percy and Brad realized that and started working to bring the Democratic Party around to their views, instead of trying to work within a declining party of white racial populism.

      Dougherty will never survive the inevitable primary challenge Wayne Woodman is cooking up for next year. His only hope to survive in politics is to switch parties now and start networking with local Democratic Party activists in a hurry.

  3. Percy Dougherty would make an excellent County Exec, although I doubt he wants it. Bipartisanship is essential to his political philosophy and he’s shown the courage to practice it. What a difference he’d make in the tone of Lehigh County government. (Party politics is another story.) He should take Brad Osborne with him to the other side of the aisle.

  4. I’m with you 100%, Jon. But who among Lehigh County DemocratIC Committee can pull this off? Rick “No Show” Dougherty? Certainly not the Mayor.

    • Jon Geeting says:

      Most likely path to victory is probably getting the realtors and the building trades to back him early in the primary.

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