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Pawlowski Speaks, Sestak Declines at Dem Candidate Event

The Allentown mayor says he’s met with the DSCC, and he’s raised $600,000.

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Andrea Drusch
June 8, 2015, 7:04 a.m.

“Allentown officials rolled out the red carpet for Democrats from across the state” at a candidate vetting event Friday. Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski (D) and former Rep. Joe Sestak (D) both attended, but “only Pawlowski addressed the group of just less than 100 gathered in the ballroom of the newly minted hotel. Sestak said he turned down an invitation to speak.”

“Since announcing his candidacy in April, Pawlowski has been largely out of sight. … But with the two-day political confab coming to his home turf, the three-term mayor was back in the spotlight, glad-handing with familiar faces in the crowd and collecting business cards by the fistful. “¦ The mayor, in the past aloof, circulated the room happily, chatting with attendees, many of whom he knew.”

“Sestak, who was making his second appearance in the Lehigh Valley since announcing his campaign, held court in the opposite corner of the room. At times more visible than Pawlowski, who disappeared on several occasions, Sestak circulated the room without the assistance of handlers, planting kisses on the cheeks of female attendees.” (Allentown Morning Call)

CASH COUNT: Pawlowski “met with the DSCC, and heard staffers’ concerns about his ability to raise money, calling them ‘legitimate.’” He says he’s “already raised $600,000” for his Senate bid. (Scranton Times-Tribune)

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