Sunday, July 13, 2008
NYS Independence Party Screws Assemlyman Cahill
"We have no control over this, our local committee backed Kevin Cahill. They
( NYS Ind.) don't care what we think."
- Ulster County Independence Party Official
Assemblyman Kevin Cahill was screwed out of the Independence line yesterday after the state committee ignored the Ulster County Independence party's endorsement of Assemblyman Kevin Cahill.
"We have completely no control over this, we backed Kevin Cahill" said a member of the County Independence party in a phone conversation with me this afternoon. The party official continued by saying that a recent change in the state bylaws makes local committees powerless. "We can make a recommendation but they can and have ignored us."
It's become increasingly apparent that the State Independence party is becoming an extended arm of the GOP as of late. Thanks to John Bonacic and Langdon Chapman, the GOP has invaded the Independence party especially in the Hudson Valley. They have done so by taking advantage of committee vacancies, and filling them with Bonacic cronies.
Perfectly legal, but extremely unethical. I guess for Senator Bonacic and his chief of Staff Langdon Chapman, the Independence party was becoming a little too independent for their taste.
How can anyone justify what they have done to Assemblyman Cahill. Kevin got the endorsement by the local committee and it was stolen for him by the state committee. If I were Robin Yess, I would reject their endorsement. it is tainted and the party now has no credibility at all.
The only fair way to resolve this is to issue a Wilson Pakula for Kevin Cahill and Robin Yess and let them battle it out. I'm willing to bet that Yess will never agree to this because she knows that she would be crushed by the powerful incumbent Assemblyman.
Don't rule out Cahill doing an opportunity to ballot, they are extremely hard to win but the rank and file Independence party members, like the local Independence committee, support Cahill.
Posted by Jeremy Blaber at 11:43 PM