Sunday, September 16, 2012

The LuLac Edition #2198, September 16th, 2012

Luzerne County Manager Bob Lawton, Pat Solano, and County Council member Edd Bromiski.


I received a few reports last week that County Manager Bob Lawton sat down for a lunch meeting with County Council member Edd Brominski and Pat Solano, the long time power broker of the local GOP. A few of my Democratic friends were concerned because they didn’t want the County Council getting infected with partisan party politics and having the local GOP getting a leg up. (As if that can never happen!) Here are my thoughts: 
1. It’s a free country and anyone can have lunch with anybody anywhere. But given the past sins of Luzerne County government, all sins might have been forgiven but rarely forgotten. Any thing out of the ordinary is under a microscope. 
2. Edd Brominski having lunch with Lawton is one thing but having Solano there can be interpreted a few ways. Loyal Democrats will say that Solano’s presence there might be a signal that the more things change, the more they stay the same. But Brominski has always been a renegade Democrat who has always gone his own way. I mean that’s part of the charm of Edd Brominski. Remember, Brominski ran for County Controller in the 2009 primary in a field of five including the eventual winner Walter Griffith. So it is not unusual for Brominski to get Lawton and Solano together. In watching his career for over 35 years, I have observed that Brominski never really burned any bridges behind him. Although he did leave a few smoldering but still intact. 
3. Solano was lauded in Governor Corbett’s victory speech as someone who was his key to victory. If you ask me, Solano gets too much political credit for events that were already set in motion. I was struck this summer by a few lines in the late Senator Charles Lemmond’s obituary that said Solano was a responsible party in the Senator’s first election to the Senate. Although it was a tough primary fight, was anyone really going to vote against an ex Judge with sterling credentials over a Resort operator from the Poconos? Although during the 70s he kept the Republican party alive in Luzerne County by cutting deals for jobs with the late Senators Martin L. Murray and T. Newell Wood. If not for his intercession, the GOP might have folded up. And there are those who argue that any political clout that Solano brought to the area did not benefit the regular Joes but the party soldiers and relatives who regularly kissed his ring. And make no mistake, those who didn’t paid huge political consequences. 
All that said, with Tom Corbett in power and a GOP controlled House and Senate, it might have been a smart move to introduce Lawton to a “go to” guy in the power corridors of Harrisburg. As the old line about chicken soup goes, “it couldn’t hurt”. And who knows, maybe this was a social lunch. They might have been talking about football, a going away gift for Carolee Olenginski Medico or pointing out the best fall foliage tours for Lawton to take "The Mrs." on. But it is a development worth watching especially since Council members are urged to stay out of the Manager’s way in running the county. 


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At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is interesting that that Brominski would be having a private lunch with Lawton, especially since he is not to interfere with the county manager. Pat Salano? He was one of two people that Gov Corbett personally thanked on election night. Is it any wonder that the county has only hired Republicans? The guy from Allentown I understand is a Republican as is the woman from Scranton they hired as clerk to council. The more things change the less they change. Don't forget that Brominski ran for Controller as a Republican and had the support of the heavy hitters such as Bruce Phillips.

At 9:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Mrs. Are you kidding me? You are a sexist pig.

At 9:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lawton is at the mercy of this Council of Clowns---won't make a move without consulting McGinley and Company. It is a disgrace what has happened to our county government under this idiotic Home Rule government. And get rid of that Haas and his skateboard initiiatives and Kelleher and those two Urbans and people replace them with REAL REPUBLICANS!
Carolee you have a place at Council table next year---and you good Republicans, step up to the plate and get rid of all those D's on Council who are just wasting our time and money on doing nothing!

At 11:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But see that's the point 908. Did Solano ever back a Walter or a Carolee? I remember Walter running in 09 and he was out on a limb. He had Gene Kelleher running his campaign but at his events I saw very few heavy hitters.

At 11:13 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

The Mrs. Are you kidding me? You are a sexist pig.

At 8:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems to me that Brominski has stepped way over the edge and needs to resign. He is not keeping within the frame work of the Charter and the seperation of Council and Manager. Give me one good reason that is not political that Brominski should be meeting with Lawton and Salono. Wake up folks and bring these people to task.

At 7:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

See I think Yonki hit the nail on the head. Brominski is introducing Lawton to Solano who even at his age still has some juice with the statewide GOP. When you are in debt, you need all the friends you can get. Instead of giving Bromo the bum's rush, I'd give him an award. Smart move by big Edd!

At 9:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:36 PM, you must be Mrs Lawton, Mrs Brominski or the Republican County Chair. Only a wife could come up with that or, a olitical opportunist.

At 12:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hope lawton comes up with a great initiative

fire all the county council members that are ruining whats left of this county right into the ground

what a great idea!!

and as far as haas and kelleher go they are republicans in name only

they both need to come out of the closet and be the stay puft marshmellow leftists that they truly are - pure and simple

i think that the bigger threat is not brominski and solano but bobeck and mcginley - the worst of the worst!

At 9:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brominski isn't the only Council member who frequents Lawton's office...who is this Giamber---he lost the run for Council, but it seems as if he's Bromo's shadow and they are both seen in Lawton's office---McGinley always in with Lawton...what a ship of fools...all of them...and to think only 30% of the electorate voted in this crazy Home Rule and has entagled our government with a bunch of self-righteous, think they know it all County Council imbeciles!!!

At 6:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The entire council should be replaced as quickly as possible. Let only democrats be elected since wherever there are Republicans, there is trouble.

At 8:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:28---you are right on---
Bobeck is a smart---who thinks he knows everything and has a caustic comment for everything. McGinley is a Commissioner-want-to-be...Too bad he isn't made up of the stuff that is needed to head up a govenrment. He is a dictator---I know, I worked as a teacher for him when he was a principal at WVW.
If only the taxpayers realized what insolent people we have at the helm...they would vote the Commissioners back!!!!

At 3:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If there is a vote to return to the former type of government, I will be the first to vote for it. The people who blame the form of government for the problems have not a clue, it is the elected officails, not the form of government that is bad. If youwant to view a bad form of government, attend a county meeting under Home Ruin Home Rule.

At 2:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

bobeck is a trades entrance errand boy playing to his seniors maddon curry and mcginley who lack any foresight into the governing of luzerne county.

haas, kelleher and williams are an unrehearsed string quartet without the fourth viola.

its interesting only in the context that jim haggerty may have lost the judicial election but he got everything he wanted from home rule...i ask the taxpayers whom are the ones paying for his elevating of bobeck and morelli now.

At 4:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It might be late to post on this subject but to say my jaw dropped would be a gross understatement. I have no doubt that Mr. Lawton had no choice but to attend this lucheon but is smacks so strongly of old time politics that I can feel my blood boil. Who is Ed Brominski to sit with Pat Solano (Mr Republican Survivor) and force the county manager to sit and endure this type of political pressure. I don't buy that it has anything to do with Harrisburg contacts because the current Republican Gov and the Republican Senate and House have done nothing but cut, cut, cut. There is nothing to get from them. No, I see this a politics as usual with 7 or 8 manager's jobs being available. I agree that Brominski whold resign, he just went over the line in his violation of seperation of managment and council. I don't understand why people are not up in arms over this. I find it shameful and I will admit that I voted for Brominski but never again. There is lots of truth with regard to not changing stripes.

At 7:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brominiski is pushing GIAMBER for one of those posts---they are ALWAYS in with LAWTON! And it is old time politics and it stinks!!!
Giamber couldn't win a seat on the Council of Clowns, so now he's pushing Bromo to get him a place at the Manager's Table---and hey I heard he is collecting a large FEDERAL retirement---what the hell is going on here? WAKE UP LUZERNE COUNTY---LAWTON IS AN OUTSIDER AND JUST WAIT AND SEE HOW MANY OUTSIDERS HE BRINGS IN!!! We already have a useless Clerk with no experience from Lackawanna County, thanks to Lawton and Council!

At 12:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:40, you hit the nail square on. This does smack of old time politics and Brominski has done nothing but vote no on everything. He is hard of hearing but that doesn't stop him from voting no. He sits with a war face on and at one meeting they forgot to call roll so when they did, the clerk called his name and rather than say present or here, he yelled NO! Point taken is that he votes no even when he has no idea what the question is. He really does need to resign but his super size ego will never let that happen. What a shame. Brominski has guts but no character. If he did, he would recognize what he did as being wrong and also his voting NO on everything that comes up. I'm waiting for him to come up with just one constructive suggestion.

At 1:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think this lunch meeting wasnt just for was to introduce taxpayers to their new master -

pat salano (pay no attention to that man behind the curtain, eh morelli?)

people in this county never learn

and yeah RICHARD morelli is a total slimeball.

At 4:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Urbans ought to launch their
owm investigation into this Lawton/
Brominski affair. Hey Steve Sr and for an ethics investigation...where is Walter when you need him?

Home Rule Destroys Government!

At 8:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read your blog "LUNCH AT THE COOL KID'S TABLE" I can assure you that this was nothing more than a meet and greet the new manager. No hidden agenda or expectation. Just a hello. I'm here to help
No need to make something more from this meeting. Bob was reluctant to meet in this group in the first place because of possible perception.
It was a non-event and a simple hello and welcome.
It anything was inferred, it was a way to better understand how we can get companies to move into our area. . Jobs Jobs Jobs.
Edd has been pushing to get more jobs and businesses to move into our area. Let's work together on this.

At 11:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:16 you have got to be kidding---are you really Brominski in diguise? How the hell can a County Council member bring jobs into the area? "No need to make something out of this???". An ethics complaint should be placed immediately on both Edd and Bob---old time politics, pure and simple and it is DISGUSTING!

At 6:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, please, please tell me one thing that "EDD" has done to bring jobs into the area. The guys votes NO on everything and at one meeting, he didn't hear what was going on and when his name was called for the purpose of roll call, he gave his usual hars NO! What a goof! Meet and greet with Pat Solano? Over compensated Republican who has had big jobs in Harrisburg undeer the Republicans and the Democrats. Yeah, a real meet and greed ,,,, er,,, I mean meet and great.


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