Sara Couch and Tony DiFiglio also made appearances in front of the grand jury. While neither talked for very long we're sure they did some damage to Councilman Michael LoPorto and Elections Commissioner Ed McDonough - the only two targeted in this round of testimony. More on that later.
Tomorrow, Thursday, expect employees from the Board of Elections to make an appearance and employees from the Troy City Clerks office. We have some ideas of who will be front and center but rather than speculate we'll wait until they make an appearance.
One thing we don't get is why City Clerk Bill McInerney isn't included in this round of grand jury testimony - the only two names on the subpoenas are LoPorto and McDonough - but that's special prosecutor Trey Smith's call and there is no reason to question his strategy.
Back to today's action. Couch, the working families operative told State Police LoPorto handed her close to 30 absentee ballots wrapped in a newspaper and told her to drop them off at the Board of Elections.
DiFiglio used to work at the Troy Housing Authority and was charged with telling the other guys which tenants moved away so they could vote them absentee. Well, we suppose they were out of the area but we're willing to guess they also had no interest in the WFP primary let alone taking the time and effort to vote absentee.
Couch was also present at the infamous meeting at LoPortos where McDonough asked if anyone was taping the conversation. Somehow we think someone was taping it because she had a pretty vivid memory of what was said.
DiFiglio is probably the most honest one of the bunch. He told State Police he got interested in politics in high school and was a loyal foot soldier for the Democratic Party. He said the absentee ballot game was played with regularity by both parties and the only reason the Dems got caught was the volume of the ballots they turned in at the 11th hour.
Now, he lost his job then lost his house because he lost his job and told State Police nobody will talk to him anymore.
"Clem (Campana) is the only person in the party who will speak to me about the whole mess. The rest of them they don't speak to me. They all have my number and I haven't spoken to them. That's what they do when they have a sucker I guess," he said. "To political insiders in the county, what appears to be a huge conspiracy to non political persons, is really a normal political tactic that went out of control ..."
We've been saying if for years and will say it again, that "normal political tactic" would go away if the state banned the ability of minor parties to endorse major party candidates.
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