This is going to be a “no, he
didn’t beat his wife” post in that I’m reporting something that’s not going on
but I think there is enough chatter around town to justify it.
Despite the ongoing rumors –
which this town does love to spread – Councilman Kevin McGrath is not, repeat
not, carrying petitions for attorney Brian Premo in the latter’s bid to become
Rensselaer County Court judge.
When asked, McGrath actually had
a belly laugh and said something like it’s amazing how far rumors spread and
how far they go. He also blamed Democratic Party Chairman Tom Wade and his “delusional
bunch” for starting it.
Wade with no a bunch of
affection, coined the crew behind former Mayoral Candidate Clement Campana the “delusional
bunch” for thinking Campana could win and has since called for McGrath to step
down from the Council for his role in voter fraud and for not telling voters
about his federal drug conviction.
While the shot at Wade is just
return fire and subjective, the thing he said about rumors spreading is spot-on.
I remember once, someone started
a rumor just to see how long it would take to reach this desk and how long it
would take for me to call him about the rumor. It took about 15 minutes. And
when I did call the source of the rumor I was greeted with a belly laugh. Not
that McGrath is the source of this rumor, but it does exemplify how rumors can
get ripping around.
There are, of course, come reasons
why it would have been a juicy piece of gossip if it were true.
For starters, of course, Premo
wasn’t too kind to McGrath while the latter was testifying against Premo’s
client, Board of Elections Commissioner Ed McDonough, during the first voter
fraud trial. McGrath was forced to admit, under oath, details of the aforementioned
federal drug conviction as well as some other unsavory activities related to
voter fraud. In addition, McGrath wasn’t too nice to McDonough, and his alleged
activities related to voter fraud.
But, in the end, McGrath isn’t
carrying petitions for Premo though it would have been a pretty funny story if
it were true. Rather than an “only in Troy moment” this one is an “only in Troy
Labels: McGrath, Premo, Wade