Will John Callahan’s Dust-Up With Wrestling Ref Help Him Win the Sports Dad Vote?

My #slatepitch take on John Callahan’s dust-up with a wrestling ref is that it will actually end up endearing him more to man voters. He’s a sports dad! Sometimes he gets heated about this stuff just like other dads with kids in high school sports!:

Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan issued an apology for yelling at an official during the District 11 Class AAA wrestling tournament on Saturday, saying, “I should have handled this incident better.”

In the prepared statement, which was emailed to reporters early Monday evening, Callahan said he had personally apologized to the referee, Dennis Buchman of Drums, Pa., for the incident, which resulted in him being ejected from the stands at Liberty High School, where the tournament was held.

“We’ve both been involved in wrestling for decades and had a warm conversation reflecting on the great passion that we have for the sport,” Callahan said.

Anyway obviously this has zero bearing on the issues the next County Exec will decide. If Team Callahan wants to get this story out of the news soon (and again, I’m not even sure that’s a good idea) maybe they should roll out a policy speech Monday highlighting some differences with Glenn Reibman and Lamont McClure, to remind people that the Democrats disagree about stuff.

For instance, would the Lehigh Valley be getting more Obamacare money if Lamont McClure hadn’t helped the Republicans screw up the Bi-County Health Department vote? Who knows? But Democratic primary voters care about national health care issues, and there’s a big pot of money for preventive care services that local governments and hospitals could probably take a big handful of. But Lamont McClure had to go and be the only Democrat who’s stupid on this issue, and now Northampton County’s going to lag behind the competition for those dollars since the institutional infrastructure isn’t ready to roll.


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