It now looks as if there will be no candidate on the Democratic line for the office of the county clerk in 2009. I know I talked about this last week but at that point, I had hopes of a specific candidate running but that is all but dead now. Is anyone else as outraged as I am, that the majority party in the county can't come up with a candidate to run????
Come on Mr. Schreibman, you ran on a platform of openness and bringing forth good quality candidates to run for public office on the Democratic side. It is Julian and the Democrats' duty and responsibility to make sure that the office of the county clerk is a competitive one this year. The excuse that we can't beat Mrs. Postupack is so absurd that it is almost funny. What about Nina makes her invincible? This is a person that has never ran a competitive race in her life and was the deputy to one of the most ethically challenged politicians in our county's history.
The only reason that Mrs. Postupack is looking at another free ride is because her mentor is laying down the law in Ulster County as he has done for more than three decades. Maybe someone should remind Mr. Spada that he is 78 years old and no longer important in the Ulster county scene.
The problem is political insiders are so ingrained with Uncle Al and his tactics that they don't realize that the Al Spada of 20 years ago is not the same as the Al Spada that currently exists today. We as Democrats no longer need to take a backseat for anybody. We have the numbers and many qualified candidates that can and should run. ( List of candidates that could win below)
And even if Mrs. Postupack is as popular as everyone in Kingston says she is and wins reelection..so what? Since when as Democrats have we been afraid to lose? We run on our morals, values and qualifications and if nothing else the people have a choice this year.
Furthermore, leaving the race blank hurts Brian Cahill in retaining control of the legislature and it also hurts Ms. Davenport, the likely nominee for County Court Judge. How much are we willing to sacrifice for the politics of fear and intimidation?
People need to put pressure on the leaders of the Ulster County Democratic party : Mike Hein, Julian Schriebman and Elliott Auerbach to come up with a candidate for the clerk race this year.
CANDIDATES THAT COULD WIN ON THE DEMOCRAT LINE:
Rich Parete ********best choice***** would walk away with it
Brian Cahill - Majority Leader County Leg
Bill Reynolds --Majority Leader city of Kingston --would cut into Nina's base
Gilda Riccardi ----this is the office Ms. Riccardi should be running for, not Judge. An attorney is a great candidate to run for that office.
Mike Berardi --popular Dem and former legislator..ideal candidate would get a lot of gop support
Brittany Turner -- a young woman that is a former village clerk of New Paltz and has a Master's in public administration
Terry Bernardo --- call me crazy but Terry would be a good candidate if the Dems do not have a Dem to run. Sign the Wilson Pakula and let her run..she is bright and well qualified. There is also no question in my mind she would bring us home a W.
There are a million more..this really is just what come to the top of my head...point being, no reason why Nina should have a free ride.