How as a Sennett supporter and a progressive yourself can you not support Susan Zimet? Why are you backing Hein, a former Republican?I received the above comment on my blog and thought I would take the time to once and for all address why I am supporting Mike Hein for County Executive.
Back in November when Hein announced, I knew and liked Mike but was dead set against him becoming Executive. Mike was a former Republican and to me he seemed like a political opportunist that should not be the leader of this party. So, I launched DRAFT CAHILL, a blog dedicated to getting our Assemblyman, Kevin Cahill to run for Ulster's top spot... before he was appointed to the powerful Energy committee, it looked as if he may be interested in running. (btw- Cahill and Mike until now, had idea I was behind that website.)
It was at the leadership vote for Chairman of the legislature when I changed my mind about Mike Hein. After the vote I was in Sue Ronga's office talking to her and Mike came in and we had a conversation about the county and why he was running. Mike completely blew me away and I walked out of that office thinking this guy is the real deal.
Mike Hein is just a regular guy that's interested in making Ulster County the best place to live and work for his family and thousands of other families across the County. And, there is absolutely no one that can stack up next to him as far as qualifications are concerned. He can do the job because he has done it and has done the job in a successful manner.
As far as the politics are concerned, only the political insiders with their own agenda care that Mike Hein has not been a life long Democrat. There are a lot of committee people that are supporting Susan Zimet only because they hate John Parete. There are some that are only supporting Mike because they hate Sue Zimet. Both of those reasons are flawed and limited within the Democratic committee. We need to move past all of this, the general public couldn't care less about the inside baseball type politics.
I am supporting Mike because he is above the partisan politics that have divided this county for many years on BOTH sides of the aisle. Last year Hein stood up to the EMS, knowing full well that when he ran for Exec this year it would cost him the Independence line because of the unfair way their interview process works. But it was never a matter of looking out for himself or his own political career, like a good leader he did what was best for the people he represented and at the end of the day it was a matter of what was right and what was wrong. Furthermore, Hein is by far the only candidate qualified to lead a 325 million dollar cooperation that oversees two thousand employees. And, again, he can do it because he's done it.