Shorter Matt Croslis: Derp. No clue. Derp.
“My goal as County Executive was to be transparent and collaborative in an effort to put people before politics. I believe this approach has been successful in large part because of the working relationship I have developed with Scott Ott,” Croslis wrote in an email to supporters.
“I believe Scott will bring a fresh perspective to Lehigh County and that he will work tirelessly to find new and innovative ways to provide the necessary services of County government in the most cost effective manner. It is my hope that my endorsement will promote bipartisanship and continue to put the interests of the County residents before politics.”
Bruh. Promote bipartisanship? You’re talking about giving total control over Lehigh County government to the very well-organized Tea Party faction of the Lehigh County Republican Party. They already have a 7-2 majority on the County Commission, and only two of those Republicans – Brad Osborne and Percy Dougherty – are not crazy tea people. Democrats are going to pick up at most 2 seats with strong candidates like Geoff Brace and Wes Barrett, but I wouldn’t bet money on that.
In the most optimistic scenario, we’re talking about a 5-4 Republican majority with Scott Ott in the Executive seat. More likely the Republicans retain all their seats. In what universe is that going to result in bipartisan outcomes, Matt? Where is your brain?
Anyone who has been watching Scott Ott for the past 4 years knows that he is not interested in providing the services of County government in a more cost-effective manner. Ott’s M.O. is cutting spending indiscriminately in order to cut taxes. His stated goal is to “cut everything that I legally can.” Does that sound like someone who is only after cost-effective governance? No, it doesn’t. It sounds like someone who doesn’t believe in governance, and is only out to trash the place.