Finally got a look at the lawsuit and had to make some changes, but the premise of the post is still the same.
There is a legal battle going on over the Independence Party and at the center of everything is none other than Tom Connolly, the one-time Rensselaer County Democratic operative who now serves as the party’s state vice chair.
The way I understand it, the Independence Party recently changed its bylaws, stripping endorsement power away from some county committees and giving it to the state committee. Two days after that change taking effect, the Tom Connolly, on behalf of the county committee, filed a slate of candidates that included all Republicans except Joel Abelove, the DA candidate. Instead it went to Democrat Rich McNally.
The state committee then filed their slate of candidates that included Abelove and not McNally.
The Democrats in turn filed a lawsuit, in the name of Ed McGrath, a former Troy councilman and brother to the District 1 representative Kevin McGrath, against the county slate of candidates.
Anyway, it raises more than a few eyebrows for a number of reasons.
One: Ed McGrath may be an enrolled member of the Independence Party but he’s been out of the game for a while now and I’m fairly certain it matters little to his life which DA candidate get the “I” line so who is paying his attorney – Jim Long.
Two: Long represents embattled City Clerk Bill McInerney, who recently submitted his resignation as part of a plea deal with the special prosecutor investigating voter fraud, Trey Smith. Kevin McGrath also cooperated with Smith, even testified in front of the grand jury.
Three: Connolly is the party’s vice chair, and was at one time tight with Chair Frank McKay - until that little thing in New York City went down – and my guess is McKay cares less than Ed McGrath who gets the “I” line in Connolly’s home county.
I think it’s fair to mention at this point in time that Connolly’s all but no-show state job hinged on delivering the Independence Party line to Republicans and that now he’s out of a job I think it’s fair to mention his sister, Katie, the longtime clerk in North Greenbush, was going to face a primary by who would be a formidable candidate, Jan Liberty, but no longer is. To me that means a deal was struck somewhere along the line by someone who really wants McNally to win
Four: Someone has more juice to get the unscrupulous Independence Party to endorse McNally at the state level and that some on the street still hyper-loyal to the Republicans wanted Abelove.
The whole thing is just further proof the Independence Party is a sham and the state should do away with the ability of minor party lines to cross endorse.
Labels: abelove, connolly, mcnally