Former Commissioner Mike Schware blasts Browning

Says he ‘broke faith’ in tax vote

OREFIELD, Pa. – Former Lehigh County Commissioner Mike Schware today blasted congressional candidate Dean Browning saying he “broke faith” with voters by supporting a 16 percent tax increase after pledging to repeal it.

In fact, Browning was the deciding vote who switched to vote with the Democrats to increase taxes.

Browning had sought office pledging to reverse plans to raise taxes by 16 percent, then backed away from his promise when the tax came up for a vote.

“Dean Browning ran with one simple pledge: no new taxes. What did he do? He was the deciding vote to keep a 16 percent tax increase,” Schware said. “He broke his word, broke the budget, and broke faith with conservatives.”

Schware, a former Army Green Beret who now runs his own accounting business in the Lehigh Valley, is a longtime Lehigh County Commissioner, first elected to the board in 2011 and later serving as vice chair. He is supporting conservative county commissioner Marty Nothstein, whose record includes a vote to reduce taxes.

“Subsequent Boards, including the ones that Marty and I served on together, have actually cut county property taxes as we tried to clean up the mess Browning left behind,” Schware said.

Browning was later defeated in a bid for county executive and lost his commissioner’s seat in the wake of his disastrous political debut.

He is currently seeking the GOP nomination for Congress in the newly drawn 7th District.

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Dean Browning ran with one simple pledge: no new taxes. What did he do? He was the deciding vote to keep a 16 percent tax increase. He broke his word, broke the budget, and broke faith with conservatives.
Tyler Trumbauer