Our Very Own Richard Corey? Marcel Groen, DTE, and the Governor’s Mansion

Allentown, economics, politics

“With political connections/to spread his wealth around…”

Read this year-and-a-half-old story by Jarret Renshaw of The Morning Call.

Marcel Groen has been the chief advocate for the DTE project in Allentown.  He’s also on their Board.  And he’s also, according to the piece above, the go-to guy for Democrats with state-wide ambitions in PA.  Marcel spoke on behalf of the project at last week’s council meeting and it’s no secret, nor is it a problem, per se, that Marcel and Allentown Mayor Pawlowski are friends. 

Is it problem that there’s even a semblance of favoritism in the bidding process for Allentown’s waste-to-energy project?  A lot of people think so. 

Does this project ever come to Allentown if Groen isn’t connected to it?  Does Groen ever share it with Mayor Pawlowski if lots of folks don’t think His Honor is entertaining a run for governor?  Does City Council President Guridy support the 35-year contract with DTE if he isn’t entertaining, as we’ve heard, a run for mayor?  We can’t know any of this.  Is any of this a problem?  I’m intersted in your thoughts on the matter.

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