|McDonald and Marchione|
I’ve been around long enough to
look out for weasel words and am not so naïve to not know politicians and their
operatives “put the spin” on you about every time they open their mouths and I
know too sometimes outright lies come out of their open mouths.
Generally, though, while the spin
is expected and can be kind of fun to sift through sometimes they cross the
line into a lie. It’s part of my job to wade through the spin and look out for
the lies and sometimes, I guess, I still need a good kick in the teeth to keep
me on my guard.
For example, I wrote Monday Kathy
Marchione, the Saratoga County Clerk who is challenging Sen. Roy McDonald, won
Columbia County’s Republican endorsement. I didn’t read the press release close
enough and admittedly jumped the gun. It’s the kick in the teeth I need every
once in a while.
In my defense – of which there isn’t
really a good one - The Marchione camp even put numbers in the press release
saying they had won the weighted vote by a count of 3,085.5 to 3,058.5. And the
quote by Germantown GOP Chairman said: “It was a nice grassroots victory for
Kathy…” He went on to say that her “courage and experience certainly propelled
her to this rewarding victory.”
Marchione’s own quote said: “Last
night was a major victory for our team…”
Turns out, Marchione didn’t win
Columbia County but it was declared a tie. The release does say the county
chair declared it as such, but I just thought it was either a poorly written
press release or the Marchione camp was just taking some shots at him because he
backed McDonald. Whatever the reason, I took it at face value, and I was wrong.
Ken Girardin, the guy who wrote the
release, told me after it was in fact a Marchionie “victory” because McDonald,
an entrenched incumbent, didn’t’ win outright. That’s a stretch, and straddles
the lie/spin fence. But, I guess, it’s about all you can expect from a guy who
planted campaign signs on the neighbor of a rival candidate and then had
someone in the camp hid out in the bushes and film said candidate stealing the
signs and throwing them in a ditch. Sure, it’s funny and it worked but it was
kind of cheesy.
And politicians wonder why they
have such bad reputations.
Anyway, I was right in saying that
the individual committee endorsements don’t mean squat as both camps will get
the needed petitions and the nomination will get decided by a primary in September.
In the end, though, I got a kick
in the teeth. At least it’s only May and it won’t happen again for a while.