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State lawmakers react to Pawlowski verdict

Calls for the mayor's resignation, compassion.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Reaction to the conviction of Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski on 47 political corruption charges was swift.

State Representatives Pete Schweyer and Mike Schlossberg issued a joint statement.

Schweyer’s statement said:

"Today's announcement that Mr. Pawlowski has been found guilty by an impartial jury of breaking the public's trust is certainly a sad day for my hometown, but gives us the chance to move forward."

In his statement, Schweyer talks about a cloud hanging over the city since the 2015 raid of city hall.

That dark cloud reference has been used by many since then to describe the perceived atmosphere that's been brewing in the Queen City and heightened after Pawlowski was indicted on 54 counts.

Schlossberg called for Mayor Pawlowski to resign in his statement:

"He should - and he will - pay for his crimes. At the same time, I hope that the people of Allentown could look at him with mercy and compassion in their hearts. He did wrong, but over the course of his 12 years as mayor, he did a lot right. It now falls to other leadership to continue the journey that he started."

Schlossberg says with the passage of time, he hopes the mayor will be remembered for the significant good he did, and not the crimes he committed.

He also asked the people of Allentown to keep the mayor's wife, two children, and family in mind.
"The mayor has done wrong, but his family has not."

A spokesman for Governor Tom Wolf also weighed in following the verdict saying:

"Governor Wolf has long believed Mayor Pawlowski should resign from office. He has disgraced his office and cheated the people of Allentown."

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