I really can’t understand what could possibly justify Lamont McClure running for Northampton County Executive. I would say maybe John Callahan’s team put him up to running as a spoiler, but I know of few LV political operatives who are that clever.
What about the fundamentals have persuaded Mr. McClure he has a chance? He has crap fundraising, a 41%attendance record, and has basically no accomplishments to show for his time as an elected official. He was the only Democrat in either County to vote against letting the LV Board of Health spend their own outside grant money to finish the Bi-County Health Department study. The only issue position Mr. McClure is identified with – keeping Gracedale publicly-owned – is the position held by every single candidate running for office in Northampton County, in both parties.
Basically whatever your views on County issues are, one of the other two Democratic candidates is going to represent you better. If you think the purpose of County government is running a patronage machine and make-work jobs program for your political allies, then Glenn Reibman is your man. If you think the purpose of County government is providing high quality public goods and services, improving quality of life for residents and solving County problems, then John Callahan is your candidate.
Mr. McClure is competing to be the other candidate who wants to let the service providers eat the taxpayers alive, but it’s not clear why anyone would think he could do a better job of this than Glenn Reibman with such weak fundraising and a reputation for ineffectiveness.