Monday, August 10, 2015

The Democratic "clown car" is parked in Troy

In three months, the home town will elect a new mayor, as current mayor Lou Rosamilia decided at the beginning of the year he would not seek a second term.

The Democrats chose Patrick Madden, who is not enrolled in the party, as their candidate. His only claim to fame is on the other side of the aisle, if you will. His sister is Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen Jimino, a Republican. The Whiner Squad that calls into The Record's daily Sound Off column has pointed out this disparity enough times, suggesting that local Democratic Party chairman Tom Wade may be doing some back-door dealing, or, in layman's terms, telling Jimino, I'll scratch your back if you'll scratch mine.

Madden is a political neophyte and a cipher, crossing party lines where the only benefit would be to bring the two sides together on certain city quality of life issues.

However, there are two others vying for the Democratic nod. One is City Council President Rodney Wiltshire, who, if you believe the Whiner Squad, has been ignored by Wade in favor of Madden. Then, there is Ernest Everett, the prodigal son returning home to make a run for City Hall. Wiltshire and Everett are African-American, and have been set against each other in recent days. Twice in as many weeks, there've been challenges to signatures on Everett's petition to be added to the Democratic ballot for the primary next month. In both cases, the trail leads back to Wiltshire, who is denying any and all involvement.

First, a former City Council candidate, Russell Ziemba, filed an objection, which was dismissed in court a week and a half ago. Then, exactly a week later, city businessman Kevin McCashion, who otherwise is a rabble rouser on Twitter, raised the issue anew. Supposedly, some of the signatures were from people who either didn't have their signatures witnessed by Everett or don't live in the city, in violation of the city charter. McCashion, in an article that appeared in The Record on Saturday, claimed to have sources to back up his claims. Being on Twitter doesn't make you an armchair detective or journalist, and McCashion has raised enough political hackles on both sides of the aisle in recent times, such that his credibility can and probably will be called into question.

The Republican candidate is City Councilman Jim Gordon. Surprisingly, the local media has not succumbed to the temptation to make references to his fictional namesake from the comic books and the TV series, Gotham. In any case, Gordon stands to benefit from the divisive infighting among the Democratic candidates. Similarly, Rosamilia locked up the election 4 years ago after the campaign staff of his opponent, Carmella Mantello, resorted to a last minute smear campaign, airing an attack ad four days before the election. Game, set, and match. This year, Mantello is opting to run for City Council, her second attempt in the last three years to return to the Council, but if she's employing the same morons on her campaign staff this time......!

On Saturday, I e-mailed a letter to The Record, challenging McCashion to provide proof of his claims against Everett. I'm waiting to see if 1) the letter is printed, and 2) if word gets back to McCashion, whether or not he'll take the bait. I'm otherwise waiting until November to cast my vote (I registered as an Independent all the way back when I was first eligible to vote), and by then, the Democratic clown car will have been emptied.

If only the GOP one for President was that easily emptied.

8 comments:

Kevin McCashion said...

Yooooo you should add reading my twitter feed to your hobbies.....


https://twitter.com/Kevin_McCashion

Here's the affidavits that led to the police investigation......
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzONwPAoA8n9OGoyN2FaMklSRk0/view?usp=sharing

hobbyfan said...

Can't access that link here. I have checked out your Twitter page recently, out of curiosity. I suggest you put your proof out in the public purview, as in, the newspaper, not just on social media. The wider the audience, the better.

Phana24JG said...

In the LOCAL newspapers???? LOL...are you serious?? These rags would not recognize news if they tripped over it. The TU editorial page is practically to the left of Metroland, and most lemonade stands have a better business model than the owners of the The Ragord(sic). Kevin is certainly not objective, but to suggest he is allied with Rodney is ludicrous. If there was any collusion involved, is not the job of the reporters(loose use of the word) that are allegedly employed by the local media to ferret out said collusion?

Kevin McCashion said...

You just have to cut and paste it in your browser. Pretty simple - here it is again...

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzONwPAoA8n9OGoyN2FaMklSRk0/view?usp=sharing

Affidavits from 8 voters under penalty of perjury that say Ernie is a fraudster.

Or you can just wait for the detectives to finish the investigation and the DA to press charges.....paper reads the twitter feed, obviously, they can decide to print the affidavits or not....posted right here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzONwPAoA8n9OGoyN2FaMklSRk0/view?usp=sharing

hobbyfan said...

@Phana24JG: I am serious. I'm also old school. Kevin, to me, comes off as an independent rabble rouser, with no party obligations that I can detect. I suppose you'd also support Dumb Donald Trump.....!

Kevin: I will try this later, but if you read my piece, I'm sure you'd agree that the GOP employed similar strategy in eliminating Jack Cox 4 years ago, but it ultimately cost them the election. Do you think the same thing's happening here?

Robert Cox said...

Hobbyfan Being old school is being an old fool in these fast moving times You should get out of you rocking chair and leave the house some times

hobbyfan said...

Oh, I do get out of the house. I work for a living, you know. If you can contribute some insight to the topic at hand, I welcome it.

hobbyfan said...

Kevin:

I finally was able to see that "affadavit", and I put quotes on it for a reason, son. I really believe you have to have concrete proof to present not only to the police, but as I said before, to the media. Doesn't matter if you don't trust the newspapers. They'll give you room online and in print, but don't be too shocked if the tables are turned on you, because this "affadavit", bubbelah, looks like a joke.