Callahan, other Lehigh Valley Dems back Onorato
ALLENTOWN— Democrat Dan Onorato picked up a slew of Lehigh Valley endorsements Friday night, bringing three more mayors onto his team as continues to rack up support in the closing days before the gubernatorial primary.
Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan, the White House recruit running in the 15h Congressional District, joined Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski and Eason Mayor Salvatore Panto in endorsing Onorato, the Allegheny County Executive, during a campaign rally here.
“We need leaders in Pennsylvania that remember what they’re there for,” Callahan told an audience of about 50 people at the downtown Holiday Inn. “Dan Onorato has been there for the residents of Allegheny County time and time again.”
With recent pulls indicating that Onorato is pulling away from his three primary opponents, he has continued building support for local elected officials across the state. In recent days he was also endorsed by Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, Duquesne Mayor Phillip Krivacek and Erie County Executive Barry Grossman.
At the campaign rally Friday, one of a slew of campaign events Onorato and his opponents are holding in the final days before the Tuesday primary, Callahan talked up the Allegheny County economic story that has served as the backbone for Onorato’s campaign.
“Dan led the economic revival of Pennsylvania’s second largest county, and today Allegheny County’s unemployment rate is lower than the state’s and lower than this nation’s,” Callahan said. “The mayors are here because we understand that Dan Onorato understands the challenges facing local governments.”
Onorato, for his part, attempted to distinguish himself from his five Republican and Democratic opponents—and seemed to take a more direct shot at his fellow Democrats than he usually does.
“Five of the people running for this job are part of the problem,” he said. “If you want to change the culture, if you want to change the system in Harrisburg, you’ve got to send somebody out there who has nothing to do with Harrisburg— that’s me.”
May 14, 2010 at 10:35 pm