Tuesday, June 07, 2011
The City GOP Convention
"Now, I know how Shayne Gall felt "said Rich Cahill on his blog the night after the convention. In a lot of way there are no question similarities between our conventions.
Committee people lying about who they are supporting, a Chairman out front for a specific candidate in hopes the "wealthy" candidate will save the day, ect..
What happened the other night at the GOP Convention is exactly what happened at the Democratic convention.
I give our chairman credit, he, Clement and co. are at least running a whisper campaign against Gallo, and Cardinale did not actually tell people who to vote for as they walked in like Sinagra did for Andi Turko Levin. Both approaches are wrong, Cardinale just happens to be a bit smarter than Sinagra.Regardless, the Chairman of a political party should not be out front for a candidate, it's not their role and it's wrong.
I also want to point out something that Cahill said on his blog that really sums up what is going on the Democratic side, I can't speak on behalf of who Andi's supporters are but I think it's a similar situation (no disrespect to Andi, I don't know) Cahill said something to the effect that, you can't say you are a fresh face when you are being supported by the same good ol' boy crowd.
That really sums it up, here you have Hayes Clement saying he is this new fresh face..the only thing new about the guy is the amount of time he has lived here, which according to the board of elections is a little over 24 months...can you imagine, are you kidding me?? Putting that aside, he is being propped up by the same old faces: Tom Hoffay, Anne Marie DiBella, Frank Cardinale, David Donaldson...this IS the Good ol' Boys club. They are pulling Hayes' strings, nothing new, nothing fresh. The city electorate will not be hoodwinked into believing otherwise.As my Uncle, former Alderman and County Legislator Tony Crespino said, " the people of Kingston are not as stupid as we think." The people get it, and they know what is going on.
Getting back to the GOP, no question Rich Cahill got screwed. He built the city GOP and like him or hate him, he will probably win the primary. If that happens Chairman Sinagra will have to tender his resignation. As stated previously, it's going to be a long hot summer and I think it's about to get interesting.
Posted by Jeremy Blaber at 11:11 AM