Chairman John Parete doing his part, holds a Zimet sign at her kick off rally. But, hey, he didn't really do much...right Sue?
A proposed ethics law that would prevent Ulster County officials - including legislators and the county's elections commissioners - from sitting on county political committees drew sharp criticism from opponents on both sides of the Ulster County Legislature's political aisle who painted the ban as unfair, unethical, and even un-American.
All three attempts to offer amendments for compromise have failed which means that the legislation will pass and Zimet has finally found a way to stick it to John Parete.
To be fair I have mixed feelings about this, on the one hand I see this as a good bill for ethics in Ulster County but on the other hand I see this for what it really is : A way for Zimet to get back at John Parete and push him out as our election's commissioner.
Legislator Zimet is wasting county time dealing with an issue that is really not that important on the big scheme of things. I think more county residents care about how they are going to heat their homes this winter more than they care whether or not John Parete is both party chairman and election's commissioner. What is unethical is they this is being politicized.
Jeanette Provenzano, D-Kingston, said the provision prohibiting county party chairmen from being election commissioners is directed at Parete, because some Ethics Board members were upset over the way he handled the November race for district attorney.
I love Jeanette but I strongly disagree with those comments. This ethics law started way before the DA controversy. It has to do with her continued vendetta against John Parete that started back in 2006. Zimet felt and still feels that John Parete did not give her the proper support in her bid for the State Senate.
Unlike what happened last year, Sue had the proper support and was given every resource possible, I was there and I saw it. I remember Nick, Sue and I put in a 12 hour day going to events for her and campaigning for her candidacy. She had the entire county party behind her and not for nothing she won Ulster County.
Jeanette also gives Zimet too much credit, Sue would not be taking this stand for Jon Sennett or anyone else. At the end of the day, all Sue Zimet really cares about is Sue Zimet and what will benefit Sue Zimet and that is unfortunate.