Unsuccessful DA candidate Vincent Bradley Jr., starts his new job today as an assistant attorney general in charge of the ag's regional office in Poughkeepsie. Bradley will lead a staff of attorneys that handle a wide range of cases, from consumer rip-offs to insurance scams to contracting outrages and Medicaid fraud. Much of the work is civil; among other things, the attorney general brings petitions to court for civil confinement of sex offenders, under a law passed last year by the state Legislature.
Congratulations to Mr. Bradley on his new position. Not to rehash old wounds, but one can't help but point out that Vince Bradley, who will be making more money than the Ulster DA, could have taken this position after bowing out gracefully from the D.A.'s race last year. Everyone would have been happy and we would have a Democratic District Attorney right now.
One person this appointment spells trouble for is incumbent D.A. Holly Carnirght, I would be willing to bet that the attorney general's office would not hire Bradley as their regional director if they thought he would be leaving in two years to run for public office. Carnright who won as a result of a spoiler campaign, will have his work cut out for him in a one on one match up in 2011.