In--Out--and Back In--- County Auditor Lisa Cutten has announced she is back in the race for mayor as a write in candidate. Now, first, for the record, I like Lisa Cutten, she's bright, articulate and has done wonders as our county auditor. But one has to wonder what is she thinking? Under the new charter form of government adopted by voters last year, we will be electing a county comptroller and Lisa Cutten seemed like the obvious choice for the Democratic nomination and the odds on favorite for the job. I think running against the mayor of Kingston in an election she has no shot at winning, will unfortunately, hurt her chances next year for Comptroller.
Lisa Cutten may want to take a lesson from play it safe Hein, Mike Hein, is in a similar predicament as Cutten. Hein who serves as county administrator is widely speculated to be running for County Executive next year and has been very careful to keep very low key, in what is a politically charged election season.
What does Cutten's announcement mean for incumbent Mayor James Sottile? Absolutely nothing. Mayor Sottile has a well oiled machine behind him and will easily win reelection in November by at least a 2:1 margin. And rightfully so, whether you like the sometimes stubborn chief executive or dislike him, one thing is certain, he loves Kingston and is a terrific Mayor. The type of guy that would do anything for you or his city. I've never met a more caring compassionate person in public service.
However, the perception of a prominent Democrat like Cutten running against Sottile doesn't help Sottile or the unity of the Democratic party. It's my honest belief that this is being allowed to happen because of Vincent Bradley Jr., who is like a nightmare you can't wake up from for Sottile and every Democrat in Ulster County, who feel they owe the younger Bradley's father, the late and well respected Vincent Bradley Sr., his due. Kingston Dem Chair Robert Golnick should of put a stop to this write in campaign the first time she announced by telling Cutten to sit on her hands and be loyal to her party and the leader of our party (Mayor Sottile), but how could he with Bradley's name engraved on Sottile/Noble headquarters? It's time for the Democratic party to become united and for Bradley to take the silver spoon out of his mouth and start thinking about someone else for a change.