Well, the grand jury checking out voter fraud met earlier this week and I think it’s only a matter of time before more indictments are coming down.
Who’s going to be on the receiving end of that, is anyone’s guess. Councilman Kevin McGrath testified again as did Rensselaer County Working Families Party Chair Jim Welch and a number of employees at the Board of Elections and allegedly defrauded voters.
I have to say allegedly because nobody has been convicted of defrauding them but the evidence seems pretty strong, despite what the special prosecutor, Trey Smith, might think. I’m not a prosecutor, obviously, so he’s probably right but if it isn’t there, it isn’t there so let’s move on with it one way or another.
So who’s next? Or does Smith orchestrate a no bill? As the saying goes: “A prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich.” And I suppose the opposite is true: “He can no bill a ham sandwich.” Who do you think?
There are some who say it’s going to be Council President Clement Campana, Councilman John Brown and his brother Dan, a political operative. McGrath pretty much threw McDonough under the bus with his statement to the State Police on March 29, 2010 and, to me, he does the Browns too.
Also, word is Mike Rebel was subpoenaed and that is the one ballot Campana admittedly handled. Rebel works with Campana at Hudson Valley Community College and while the two might be friends, after agreeing to the: “Is what you say is the truth and nothing but the truth,” or whatever they say when put under oath, odds are people are going to say what’s actually went down.
Brian Premo, the attorney representing Ed McDonough, who is charged with scores of felonies, has been dropping bombs on just about everyone in the Democratic Party, including Smith, for what Premo claims is selective prosecution. I’m still not buying his whole conspiracy theory, but he is dropping bombs.
A recipient of one of the bombs is longtime Democratic operative and the Troy City Council’s Legislative liaison Tony Renna. Another is District Attorney Rich McNally, who admitted to talking to former City Clerk Bill McInerney – a guy at the center of the entire voter fraud and who recently pled to a felony in exchange for his cooperation because it could have been a bunch worse for him if he didn’t cooperate – after the voter fraud scandal broke and talked to McDonough too.
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McNally’s opponent, Joel Abelove, a former prosecutor in the same DA’s office, is making a stink about it and he should. It’s a legitimate issue. McNally beat out Greg Cholakis in ’07 by the narrowest of margins. Out of 38,500 votes case it went down to absentees and other paper ballots. And this scandal is all about absentees. And yet McNally talks to a target of the investigation and another who probably spearheaded it?
I guess we’ll have to wait and see. I for one am tired of waiting and seeing but it’s not my call.
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