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Allentown Mayor Pawlowski: 'I have done nothing wrong'

Pawlowski speaks out after federally charged

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Met with cheers and protests, Mayor Ed Pawlowski spoke out for the first time since he was federally charged in a pay-to-play scheme.

Pawlowski and his lawyer, Jack McMahon, held a news conference Wednesday afternoon outside the mayor's Allentown home.

Mayor Pawlowski again maintained his innocence.

"In no way, shape, or form was City Hall ever up for sale," Pawlowski said.

Earlier in the day Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney accused both Pawlowski and former Reading mayor Vaughn Spencer of essentially "putting 'for sale' signs up in front of their city halls."

Mayor Pawlowski said he will not resign, and will continue his campaign for re-election.

The mayor also mentioned his former campaign director and friend, Mike Fleck.

"I do however deeply regret putting my trust in a manipulative thief and historical liar by the name of Mike Fleck, who was my former campaign manager and family friend," Pawlowski said.

McMahon staunchly defended Pawlowski, and said it was "nearly impossible" for the allegations involving city contracts to be true.

McMahon said Fleck continually lied to and misled the mayor, and they will prove that in court.

Dozens of people were there, both yelling and cheering for the mayor.

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