Thursday, July 03, 2008
Checks and Balances
I ran in to a woman last night while out getting petitions. The woman saw that I was sporting an Auerbach for Comptroller sticker and wanted to talk with me about the county wide races this year. I explained to her about both positions and who the candidates where. At the end of our conversation she said ok, I will make a deal with you, I will vote for Auerbach but I am going to vote Republican for the County Exec race because I want "checks and balances".
This conclusion was made without knowing anything about either candidate running for Executive. To be honest, I have heard this from others and it's very disturbing. Electing a Democrat for Exec and a Republican Comptroller or vice versa is not what achieves a government with checks and balances.
I explained to the woman that by electing an Executive and a Comptroller that in and of itself will provide checks and balances in our county government. An Executive that is accountable to the people of Ulster County and an elected Comptroller that will be the people's watch dog.
Their party affiliation is irrelevant, you must elect the two people that you feel will do the best job for the respective positions they are running for and the rest will fall into place.
The woman asked me who I was supporting for Exec and to give three positive qualities about that person's opponent..same for Comptroller. I was very fair, I compared and contrasted all four candidates.
By the end of our conversation she had a Hein bumper sticker on her car and took the Auerbach sticker off of my lapel and put it in the back window of her car.... the point of this story is that it is very important that we elect the two most qualified candidates and not just vote for one Dem and one GOP candidate for a balance...the charter already creates the balance.
Posted by Jeremy Blaber at 6:13 AM