ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The mayor has not stepped down, but he's asking supporters to step up.
On Facebook, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski encouraged people to write letters for leniency in hopes of being "free on bail while appeals are pending."
He adds, "Words are not adequate to express my appreciation for your sincere caring during this difficult time."
"All we're doing is seeking people who know his character, his background, tremendous things he's done politically for the city, personally for members of the community," said Pawlowski's Defense Attorney Jack McMahon.
Some Facebook followers agreed to help him out.
One supporter even launched an online petition asking President Trump to "pardon Pawlowski."
It has more than 140 signatures.
But there's another call for action.
It asks for no leniency, adding, "it's time to send a message to ALL politicians, that they are held to the same standards as every other citizen."
This online petition has more than 600 signatures.
Some Facebook users even promised to write letters urging the judge to impose the max harsh sentence.
"Obviously anyone can have any opinion they wish, I know nothing about what you're talking about. I'm only looking for people that know him, have great respect for him, his personality, his character, history," McMahon said.
Pawlowski's made no public comment about his plan moving forward, but last week prosecutors urged him to resign.
"The mayor and I are discussing that issue. At the appropriate time, we will make the appropriate response, right now is not that time," McMahon said.
69 News is told city council will get together sometime next week to discuss the plan moving forward, when the mayor is no longer in office, and whether he resigns or is removed.
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