I mentioned it in my last post
but it deserves a bit more.
The battle for the Rensselaer
County chair comes down to what the jury decides in regards to the slew of
felony charges against Board of Elections Commissioner Ed McDonough.
And that’s because he is only one
guy who can take out the current chair, Tom Wade. McDonough worked under Wade
for some 16 years when Wade was commissioner at the BOE so both know the
mechanics of counting proxies and what it takes to swing a committee. He should, Wade tought him. And so did McDonough's father, the legendary county chair by the same name.
The committee votes are by proxy.
Even if the “delusional bunch,” as Wade has not so affectionately coined the
group against him headed up by former Council President Clement Campana and Councilman
Kevin McGrath, has the 60 percent of the weighted vote they claim it comes down
to the proxies and who can swing who. And that all depends on what happens to
McDonough at trial. A convicted felon doesn’t have too much to offer the on the
fence committeemen, a BOE commissioner found not guilty who is seen as taking a
bullet for the party - and who has done a bunch of favors for the party - does.
Few others, if anyone, has the
wherewithal to know what it takes to get and count proxies. There may be some
anti-Wade sentiment out there from a number of different factions but it takes
a mechanic to gather the proxies and get the votes. And McDonough is the only
one I can see who can do it.
On the flip side, a county
chairman who has skated through voter fraud while his minions are skewered does
have something to offer. The way lucrative state patronage jobs work – or any
patronage jobs work – is the interested individual has to go through the county
chair. It’s the way it’s been done forever and as such Wade has some juice.
Wade knows it, McDonough knows it and I’ve even heard Wade even offered to help
McDonough’s wife get a job if he backs off the challenge to his chairmanship. I
heard there was a “no thanks” involved so the war is on. UPDATE: Wade denies this and said it is nothing but a rumor perpetuated by McDonough's attorney Brian Premo.
It’s Wade versus McDonough. And
right now it’s an even match.
It all comes down to Premo
- who is pushing McDonough but really has nothing to lose and is running for
county court judge - and whether McDonough’s attorney can get him a not guilty
verdict. If McDonough walks, Wade is done. If he’s convicted, the “delusional bunch”
is done and Wade lives on.
I suppose I have to mention
Rabbit Riley as he is the chosen one to replace Wade and honestly, he is a
decent sort but he doesn’t have the juice on his own. It all comes down to Wade
and McDonough … and the jury.
This is about as down and dirty
as it gets.
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