HARRISBURG — Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement regarding incumbent Democratic Lehigh County Executive Matt Croslis endorsing Republican Scott Ott for Lehigh County Executive:
“The message is clear: Democrats and Republicans are coming together to overwhelmingly support Scott Ott for Lehigh County Executive. As Commissioner, Scott Ott has a proven record of reducing spending, cutting taxes and protecting taxpayers. His opponent, Tom Muller is another tax-and-spend liberal pandering the failed and extreme ideas that Obama and Pelosi are pushing in Washington. You don’t have to believe me; Matt Croslis’ endorsement of Ott speaks for itself. If Democratic candidate Tom Muller can’t even get the current Democratic County Executive to support him, why should anyone in Lehigh County take the risk?”
Morning Call: Democratic Lehigh County executive endorses Republican Scott Ott for the job
Lehigh County Executive Matt Croslis, a Democrat, on Thursday endorsed Republican Scott Ott for county executive.
Ott, a leader of the Board of Commissioners’ conservative voting bloc, faces Democrat Tom Muller in Tuesday’s municipal election.
Ott and like-minded county commissioners have targeted government spending at the local, state and federal levels. Muller wants to continue the county’s traditional approach of trimming when necessary and boosting revenues when necessary.
In a statement, Ott’s campaign said: “This major cross-party endorsement affirms Scott Ott’s results-oriented approach to governance.”
Croslis, a moderate Democrat, said Thursday that he supports Ott because he brings a new perspective to county government.
(Marcus, Samantha. Democratic Lehigh County executive endorses Republican Scott Ott for the job. Morning Call. October 31, 2013.)
Easton Express Times: Lehigh County Executive Matt Croslis endorses Scott Ott, crossing party lines – UPDATE
Lehigh County Executive Matt Croslis, a Democrat, has gone across party lines and endorsed Republican Scott Ott in the executive race.
Ott, a fiscally conservative county commissioner, is running against Democratic candidate Tom Muller, the county’s director of administration. The election will be held Nov. 5.
“I believe Scott will bring a fresh perspective to Lehigh County and that he will work tirelessly to find new and innovative ways to provide the necessary services of county government in the most cost effective manner,” Croslis said.
The endorsement comes exactly one week after county commissioners voted 7-2 to amend Croslis’ $361.7 million county budget to include additional spending cuts and other changes.
(McEvoy, Colin. Lehigh County Executive Matt Croslis endorses Scott Ott, crossing party lines — UPDATE. Express Times. October 31, 2013.)
PoliticsPA: Sitting Lehigh Exec, a Dem, Endorses Republican Ott
Lehigh County Executive Matt Croslis, a Democrat, on Thursday endorsed Republican Scott Ott in the race to replace him.
Croslis cited his strong rapport with Ott.
“My goal as County Executive was to be transparent and collaborative in an effort to put people before politics. I believe this approach has been successful in large part because of the working relationship I have developed with Scott Ott,” Croslis wrote in an email to supporters.
“I believe Scott will bring a fresh perspective to Lehigh County and that he will work tirelessly to find new and innovative ways to provide the necessary services of County government in the most cost effective manner. It is my hope that my endorsement will promote bipartisanship and continue to put the interests of the County residents before politics.”
(Gibson, Keegan. Sitting Lehigh Exec, a Dem, Endorses Republican Ott. PoliticsPA. October 31, 2013.)