Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Freak Power

Sharon Boyd wore a look Tuesday evening that screamed for a strong Manhattan, sans the vermouth, maraschino cherry or any other sweet ingredient that might dull the bitter sting of defeat. In one short day, her husband went from mayoral hopeful –perhaps even a favorite –to dejected third party candidate, after being handily defeated by Valerie Keehn during the Democratic primary.

“The zealots come out,” she grimly opined to a Saratogian reporter from Gordon Boyd’s barside camp at Gaffney’s. “It’s harder to bring the moderates out.”

Four blocks away at the Circus Cafe, it was a different scene at Kamp Keehn, which bore a fittingly circus-like aura. With what seemed to be a repeat of the primary upset from two years’ prior, Mayor Valerie Keehn seemed almost smitten by her impending victory, exulting with an ear-to-ear smile amid the revelry of her supporters.

“Wow,” she exclaimed through the cacophony of sound ringing through the restaurant. “I’m thrilled with the results and I’m very relieved.”

Unlike her relatively close-margined victory against former Deputy Mayor Hank Kuczynski, Keehn cruised to an easy win against Boyd, securing an unofficial lead of 537 votes. The sound defeat left some Boyd supporters wondering what the hell happened between the goose egg Keehn laid during the League of Women Voters debate and the goose eggs they were seeing on the chalkboard showing their candidate’s vote tally.

Conversely, Boyd’s defeat left many Keehniacs with an inalienable feeling of déjà vu and a certain sense of invincibility. The last time she came from behind, she struck down the establishment and rose to the mayor’s office; surely she’ll repeat in November, the thinking goes. Keehn, herself, even seemed to take the victory as a voter mandate.

“People realize that I’ve been working hard for them since the day I was elected,” she told The Saratogian.

Undoubtedly, Keehn secured an upset victory and one that solidified the power of her remarkably loyal base. They turned out at the polls despite the remarkably bad showing she had during last week’s debate, after which even the most forgiving of voters could sense the mayor was in for a tough ride.

But as poignant as Keehn’s victory may seem to some political pundits, it really wasn’t very shocking at all. As the mayor’s “Democracy for Saratoga” campaign did in 2005, she managed gel her supporters and make a strong showing at an election often overlooked by the more fickle-minded among the electorate.

As Lady Boyd suggested, Keehn relied upon the freak-power vote, a contingent of folks existing on the far-left neo-liberal side of the party; the type of people that wouldn’t sit next to a Republican even if their feet were blistered and it were the last seat in the house. She also garnered a certain degree of support from the city’s police union, as their chief continues to get his ducks in a row for his Public Safety Taj Mahal.

Despite her nearly 2-to-1 margin of victory, however, Keehn’s victory was far from crushing and anything but a mandate, as some of Wednesday’s headlines suggest. In fact, Keehn picked up a paltry 310 votes during this year’s primary, failing to add substantially to her Democratic base during her first term in office. All together, she managed to accrue about 21 percent of the city’s 5,429 registered democratic voters, which is enough to seize the primary but far less than she’ll need to emerge victorious against Scott Johnson, her Republican challenger.

Keehn now must seek out at least an additional 3,500 voters across the city to either head out to the polls or cross party lines. She also needs to face the almost insurmountable job of mending the almost bottomless chasm she helped forge among city Democrats, which is a much more difficult task along the road to re-election.

After Keehn handily won the party line in 2005, she had a major helping hand from longtime party heavyweight Tom McTygue and Kuczynski, who publically endorsed her. At the time, the Public Works fixture put ills aside to help oust Michael Lenz, his immediate adversary on the City Council. The likelihood of this repeating is about as probably as Barbaro coming back from the grave to win next years’ Travers stakes.

Ironically, the decision in the Mayor’s race could ultimately rest with Keehn’s recently vanquished opponent, who was too busy licking his recently acquired wounds to decide on making a go at the general election. Boyd could vindictively pluck his name from the ballot and pledge his 600-some-odd votes to Johnson, which would all but spell doom for the mayor's re-election bit. He could also extend the olive branch and do the same for Keehn, which would be a bit tricky given some of the mayor’s recent rhetoric against his followers.

Boyd could throw the ultimate wrench into works by running for the election anyway, in effect spurring a three-way election. As Lady Boyd espoused, there is a much greater pool of moderates to draw from in a city that is increasingly centrist. But there’s also a chance he could propel Keehn to office by splitting the moderate vote with Johnson, who admitted Tuesday his positions are very similar to Boyd’s.

In the end, the vast sea of Spa City moderates could find themselves in a rather untenable situation come November, especially those who bear any sort of tacit or lingering allegiance to the Democratic Party. There has been too much hate spewed by Keehn’s rabid online interlopers to forge the dream of county Committee Chairman Larry Bullman. Many of these same moderates have soured to the vitriol and are plotting their vote on how to oust Keehn, rather than concentrate on the best possible candidate.

43 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My guess is that the real Dems need to rethink who they are. Ms Boyd and Mr Schneider ( co chairs of the MD's --McTygue Democrates)need to think about who they nominate.
Keehn is now two for two in defeating their candidate.
Is that leadership? Mr Bulman should make quick work and reorg the DEMS. Jetision Tom McTygue and get back to being part of good government for a dynamic city. Negativity crushed the Republicans in 05.
Negativity has "crushed" the McTygue Democrates so far in 07. Tom McTygue is heading home after Nov 6th "Bully Bashing" (when he gets the stuffings kicked out of him by Skip Scirocco) anyway.

The city will get on a more level setting after the Nov elections.
God knows we deserve it!

6:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is Molly Boyd? Gordon's wife is named Sharon.

7:25 AM  
Blogger Horatio Alger said...

Molly Boyd is the manifestation of several snifters of bourbon, a handful of bar snacks and a brain that has been awash in campaign rhetoric for the past three months. I suppose somewhere along the distored electrical pulses leaping from synapsis to dendrites in my cranium, the name 'Molly' seemed more like someone who'd be clutching the stem of a martini glass and asking for 'whatever your name is' to top her off every fifth minute.

Too much Bogart there, Horatio. Settle that brain down. Thanks for the correction.

7:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HO: You say Mayor Keehn's supporters are "far-left neo-liberals" who you think "wouldn't sit next to a Republican even if their feet were blistered and it were [sic] the last seat in the house." (By the way, what's a "neo-liberal"? Somebody who was born after the Civil War?)

Apparently you missed the victory party at the Circus Cafe. If you had been there, you would have seen plenty of Republicans side-by-side with Democrats, Independents, and unaffiliated voters. And they weren't "sitting." They were all on their feet cheering for a Mayor who stands up for good government and, unlike her Republican and Democratic predecessors, isn't afraid of bully boy McTygue.

You call McTygue the "longtime party heavyweight." Try to be a little more accurate. The correct term is "former heavyweight." There's a new champ in town - Mayor Keehn - and she has the support not only of all the liberals, but most of the moderates, and even a few conservatives. You might not like it, but it's a fact.

Results on November 6th:

Valerie Keehn (D): 50%
$Scott Johnson (R): 30%
Gordon Boyd (C): 20%

9:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel badly for Gordo. He's not a bad guy and I admire him for putting himself out there. I just felt like he had so much negativity surrounding his campaign. His references to Stalin, Mussolini, etc. in past discussions about the charter and whatever, rubbed me the wrong way.

But I'm glad Val won. She's genuine and has integrity and rises above the infantilism that goes on in City Hall. I'd never have the stomach to run for public office with all of these separate factions who don't talk to one another/won't work as a team and go out of their way to make moving forward impossible.

A $14,500 salary--for all the crap she has to put up with and she's shown results to boot. Here here.

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keehn has had a couple easy wins as I recall so did Custer. Today’s victory is tomorrow’s history. Now that the city has realized just what a threat Keehn is to the well being of Saratoga they will rise up to stop her just like they did for charter reform. Val actually got fewer votes in this primary than she did two years ago.
The things I saw on election night were disgusting, Gerard Hawthorn dragging sick and elderly out of there beds on the cold night to vote for his queen. The FEAR OF THESE RESIDENTS OF PUBLIC HOUSING of Gerard who is the head of Maintenance was sad. Telling them he would know who they voted for. Val you got a lot of explaining to do. This ain’t over by a long shot, Progressive like in Stalin. You won a primary at the cost of your deceny

ONE OF THE WRETCHED AND PROUD

3:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your biases are showing again. There were quite a few Republicans and Independence Party members at the Circus Cafe helping Val Keehn celebrate her victory. These are all people who believe in good government. There's a new coalition of voters across a wide range of the political spectrum who share a concern for good government -- government that works for all the people, not the old time power elite that only looks out for its own interests. This coalitions shares a deep concern for open, transparent government, whatever their individual vews on other issues.

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. That was probably the best synopsis I have seen of the primary. Great job Horatio. You absolutely nailed it..... particularly the last line.

I am one of those moderates, and after the Keehn vitriol, I would rather vote for a jar of mayonnaise than the current mayor.

6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Keehn camp gets an equal amount of blame for the negativity. I'm a life-long dem and will not vote democratic this time around. I'm sick of self-righteous, extreme politics. And all the crap about Val's accomplishments. Pure delusion, but hey anything goes to get re-elected.. right? It's too bad, people take all this stuff so seriously. We're a rinky-dink town in upstate New York. Some sure learn it's just not that important.

8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like to know how McTygue can afford a big horse farm. Probably lots of payola from developers. It will be great if McTygue loses and stops pretending he lives in the city.

5:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keehn and her morons have ruined the city Demo party with their stupidity. That will be their one and only accomplishment. Let's jettison this flotsam down the sewer line, where it belongs.

Trust me: the Republicans werent rushing down to the Circus cafe to join in this Special Ed reunion. Instead, they were all home lighting up victory cigars and planning on ways to line ther pockets come January.

Get a grip, you Keehn fascists. You're being played.

2:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a life long Republican and will probably spread my votes to both parties. I feel that the local issues are not driven by local party politics. Keehn deserves a chance to be in office without the McTygue factor involved. There will be a mix of both parties. Balance is good.

5:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In 2005, the Hanksters were bitter at their primary loss, and initially muttered that they would not support Keeehn. Most of them came around by November. Once things settle down, real Democrats, and a wide range of others, will support Val Keehn for re-election. She showed how knowledgeable she is during the debate, and she didn't back down to an opponent who has called those in favor of good government "Stalinists." Boyd should bow out --- and endorse Keehn --- before he embarrasses himself further.

6:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be even better if we had a rule that requires everyone to live in this city for a few years before they can open their mouth or vote.

Better yet: score a bare minimum on an IQ test.

Those two things would eliminate about 80@ of the Keehn support now, wouldn't it?

7:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of Scott Johnson's positions, what the hell are they? Has he yet stated one single explicit opinion on any issue of importance to SS? Other than "leading by example" what the hell does he stand for?

Keehn and McTygue are embarrasments. Boyd was not much more than an anti-Keehn opportunist. Johnson is a vapor candidate. We don't have much to look forward to as far as mayor is concerned.

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

any write-in suggestions?

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Requiring a person to live in the city in order to vote sounds like a good rule. In fact, it's the law. Unfortunately, the Board of Elections refuses to enforce it. That's how McTygue has gotten away with living at his out-of-town horse farm while voting and holding office in the city.

If you had to live in the city to open your mouth, McTygue would be finished. Opening his mouth is what he does best - even though most of what comes out is pure unadulterated b.s.

Scoring a bare minimum on an IQ test is, of course, way beyond McTygue's ability. To take an IQ test you have to be able to read, and everybody knows Tommy's illiterate.

In case you haven't noticed, McTygue is getting nuttier at every City Council meeting. He almost got himself arrested for disorderly conduct this Tuesday. Next time, maybe he'll try to incite a riot.

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After Val Keehn won the primary in 2005, lots of Hanksters took a while to support her, especially since their autoritarian leader McTygue didn't want a real Democrat inc the mayor's office. But McTygue is in deep trouble. More of his corruption will be revealed before the election. People in the know are starting to talk. Keehn represents the future of the Democratic Party. Real Democrats, as opposed to authoritarian followers of McTygue, will rally around Keehn.

5:14 AM  
Anonymous The Infield Canoe said...

Correction:

Even if he did come back from the grave, Barbaro would not be eligible to compete in the Travers, which is limited to 3yo's.

He would, however, be eligible for the Whitney.

Bu then again, the thought of being greeted by Marylou in the winner's circle is likely enough to keep him from rejoining this world.

I thought it important to make you aware of this crtical oversight.

6:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Certain long time residents of the city don't seem to believe in democracy, as framed in the Constitution. According to our political system, anyone has the right to vote where they live, no matter how long they've lived there. Come on, show a little more knowledge of how our government works.

But to vote where you don't live, as McTygue does, is voter fraud, a felony. His yelling at city council meetings has become more frantic, a sure sign of desperation. The authorities, and unhappy voters, are close on his heels. McTygue is going to lose this time.

I hear that Boyd had a lot more yard signs out than Keehn, but not all of the people with yard signs voted for Boyd --- they were just a pretend show of loyalty to Mr. Strong-Arm McTygue. He's losing his base, except the fat cat Republicans who who want to keep business as usual.

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Getting along" in Government will be nice come January.
Maybe a more balanced City Council with a mix of dems and repubs will be the answer. It is quite apparent that Tom McTygue will not be re-elected and that maybe the turning point in all of this bickering and unproductive efforts. But regardless who is sitting in the seats, we need good government to be inplace DAILY!!!

Can anyone list any significant accomplishments that the City Council has achieved in the last decade? Look around in our neighboring communities and their successes. Tax Reductions, rec centers, zoning efforts, are being accomplished routinely.
I struggle to recall 'significant" achievemnts, as they are overshadowed by squabbles.
It is no one mayor or commissioner's fault that we are stuck in neutral.

We can do more! Lets get together and accomplish more!

7:26 AM  
Anonymous Toga Gal said...

Regarding voter bases

Question?

Just how many voters 'above and beyond' her hard core primary backers do you think are out there?

Favor?

All I ask from you Keehn supporters is this:

If she loses the election, will you agree thay you detroyed the party and then quietly go away forever?

Please promise this, for the sake of the city Democratic party, of which I am a formerly proud member.

Do we have a deal?

7:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, this asshole obviously doesn't have a clue. Either that or he thinks that telling outright lies are OK, as long as they're used in the context of campaign propaganda.

Here's the fact:

The courts have ruled that Mr McTygue does, in fact, meet the local residency - elgibility requirements, thereby allowing him to both vote AND hold office in the city of Satatoga Springs.

So, were you aware of that fact, or just hoping no one would call your bluff here?

Either way, it would then lead us to this: your accusing Mr McTygue of "voter fraud, a felony" is therefore an act of libel on your part.

But your 'anonymous' right? Actually, your ID can be tracked thru internet addresses. I say we do it. Pull your pants up; there's gonna be someone knocking on your door real soon.

Just more horse shit from these wackos -- their candidate is incapable of formulating any kind of rational discussion on policy issues -- as are they -- so we get personal attacks as the diversion.

Tommy did this, Tommy did that. Tommy was mean to our fragile little Val. Tommy made fun of Val's inability to run a council meeting. Stop it Tommy, she's just a girl.

WHEN do we hear what this witch stands for -- and what SPECIFIC policies will she propose to acheive them?

Anyone???????????

4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spesaking of FREAK POWER

Did Tommy McTygue take his wife Sandy to Rockville Illinois this week for the America in Bloom Awards. Or was he there with just
Stephie Voight. You know TWO is company and THREE is a crowd.

Farewell Tommy

7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you dems are funny... so many times i've seen this Voight girl's name tossed around with McTygue's. you guys mention the alleged relationship with such disdain, such self-righteous indignation...

where were these delicate sensibilities when it came time to judge your boys mr. kennedy or mr, clinton, two of the biggest p-hounds that ever lived?

12:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The NY Attorney General is looking at Tommy's residency status. The issue ain't over, no matter what tactics are used to silence Tommy's critics.

Keehn represents the future of the Democratic Party in this city. Keehniacs aren't going away, they will only grow in strength. Read Kevin Connolly's recent letter to the editor about Remegia, we don't need ya. He's right on!

The number of write-in votes on the Independence Party line that Keehn won was quite extraordinarly. She's a winner. Boyd needs to bow out before he embarrasses himself further.

5:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have wet dreams about Tom McTygue? The trip he is taking is with his wife. But when does the truth matter to a fanatic.
Let me give a history lesson. Sirocco hates Keehn. He lost a 63000 dollar a year job and he blames her and her supporters like you
Second Sirocco hates Kim he forced him to retire from the police dept cutting off his second source of income
He is looking for blood,democratic blood .Tom McTygue was a target of opportunity an opportunity that Keehn and her [Very Exposed]husband was able to provide.

Ps David we know
you left quite an expression back in Jasper

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are wrong about Scirocco hating Keehn and Kim
Watch good government in action in january..minus Mctygue!!!

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So little Val doesn’t want the debate between her and Scott taped. Do you blame her if the people in this town ever really saw her or new about her husbands parlance for dropping his pants in front of young people they both be packing there bags.
They really are a sad cast of has-beens perverts and demigods.

2:25 PM  
Blogger Horatio Alger said...

As most of you know by now, Skip Scirocco is a Republican. If he’s elected, he’ll likely ally with whatever Republican contingent is on the board. This is a man that served eight years on the county Board of Supervisors and was every bit of a loyalist to his party. He’ll more than happily take votes from the Keehniacs. There’s a chance he might see eye-to-eye with her on an issue or two. There’s even a better chance he’ll wholeheartedly support “the old guard” agenda. But with this said, there’s no chance he’ll be a Keehn lap dog like Ron Kim.

Summing up for the nosebleed section: Skip Scirocco, Keehn ally until Nov. 7.

11:05 PM  
Blogger Horatio Alger said...

Gotta field this one too: “Your biases are showing again. There were quite a few Republicans and Independence Party members at the Circus Cafe helping Val Keehn celebrate her victory.” Sure. Real Republicans like Ron Kim and Pat Kane right?

There isn’t a true Republican out there that would support Keehn or her agenda. She pretty much stands for everything the party despises. And unlike the Democrats, the Republicans harbor a fairly strong sense of unity, even if it’s behind causes or candidates that are futile; they’ve got a whip that cracks and keeps the rank and file marching. Frankly, I’ve never cared for them much, but their dogged dedication to the party line is something to note, possibly even admire. Party outsiders are flogged into submission or driven out(see: Ron Kim). Schisms such as the one now wrecking havoc on the city Democrats would never happen within the GOP.

11:17 PM  
Blogger Horatio Alger said...

Also must respond to this gem: “Keehn represents the future of the Democratic Party. Real Democrats, as opposed to authoritarian followers of McTygue, will rally around Keehn.”

If Keehn represents the future of the Democratic Party, there is hope for third parties in America. Real Democrats would use their heads and realize that Keehn is a smoke-and-mirrors candidate. She pledges the tired old liberal rhetoric: open government, green initiatives, affordable housing and power to the people and a host of other bunk that SOUNDS good. In practice, she delivers sparsely little, save for some poorly worded speeches that show how unbelievably out of touch she is with the so-called “people” she claims to represent. Frankly, I’m amazed she’s not campaigning on a pledge for universal healthcare for city residents.

Don’t believe me? Well then how come City Council meetings STILL aren’t televised? The people might be able to see open government a bit better if they were broadcast on cable access –like she claimed they would be in January 2005. Better yet, how about her affordable housing initiative? Annual reassessments (something she supports) drive up property values, out-of-control spending drives up taxes. The result is homes working people can’t buy and properties they can’t afford to keep –unless they’re married to a six-figure salaried attorney. These are things she could have addressed; instead she aimed all her energy into kicking McTygue in the jewels.

11:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Horatio,

Madame Mayor is supposedly standing in the way of allowing the upcoming debate to be video taped and then made available for replay on the internet. One would guess this is related to her poor incoherent and rambling performance vs Boyd in the first one.

As you so rightfully point out, she has failed to fulfill her 05 promise of getting the council meetings televised. This desite the fact that we are told by experts in the field that such an effort would be a piece of cake to accomplish.

You think the reason for the latter might possibly be the same reason for the former?

Just wondering.

5:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a joke that the Keehniacs are supporting Scirroco over McTygue, don't you idiots remember why we swept the Republicans out of office last time? It was the old boy network that your newest darling Scirroco was entrenched in up to his eyebrows! Again I'll state, McTygue may be a jerk, but he was the only dissenting voice for years against the Republicans. And what about the latest Metroland story? David Bronner only focusing his spleen toward McTygue? Why didn't Mr. King ask any of the anti-war demonstrators how lovely Mr. Bronner can be? The Metroland is being fed a line and blindly siding with the schoolmarm-ish Keehniacs because of some sort of retarded reverse sexism. They can't see from Albany what's been happening here and a couple days research with idealogical blinders on ain't making the Keehn-as-noble-progressive-under-attack story true. Pax, Philthy Rex

12:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the only problem i can see with that is what network are you talking about. if you mean rich, influencial, and powerful then look at McTygue. Don't believe me, look at campaign contributions. don't assume, actually go look. see who's giving to who. rich influencial giving to mctygue, average citizen, giving to scirocco. sonny bonaccio, mctygue contributor, good bye parking spots next to lillians. and for god sakes, go talk to someone who actually works for DPW and see what they say on this one.

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MAYBE it's true Scirocco has less well heeled backers these days, but that doesn't mean he wasn't the Dems target in the very recent past. Don't get me wrong, I'm none too happy with all the development in town and on the outskirts. I enjoyed playing, partying, and making out in vacant lots and empty houses in the 70's and 80's! Saratoga has been sanitized to death and is a pre-fab shell of past semi-funky hometown-type glories. Tacky old money was more fun to laugh at than the new McMansioned lords that run this place now.
Funny thing about the Lillians parking lot; McTygue was the one who fought off Bruce Levinsky ploy for this same spot for years. I went to school with and am friendly with Sonny and his wife, but I wish they felt more affinity to the old ways of Saratoga. Upward mobility can only get you so far. Well maybe not. And by the way, I'm sure Roohan, who works with Bonacio, would love to have the Hudson river water plan that McTygue has fought so long against. Goodbye parking lot = no big deal. Ask Kunstler if he cares. Again one more thing, anyone who is friendly with David Bronner is no friend of mine, or any one calling themselves a Democrat. Pax, Philthy Rex

2:02 AM  
Blogger demroc said...

well if you know those guys then you'd know that levinsky is a republican and non-contrbutor of the McTygues, proving the fact even more that those developers who grease his palm get rewarded. thanks for pointing that out.
As for the pathetically informed individual who stated that scirocco is upset at kheen, is a pipe dreamer. they share a common vision of bringing moderate politics back to the forefront. and besides the county supervisors job was on $17,000 per year not $63,000. i guess the bigger number makes that statement more credible. but they're both lies.
and lastly who were these big doners last time, the guy is beholden to nobody. actually i think a lot of developers cringed when they saw he would be running

3:17 PM  
Blogger demroc said...

and since you know the bonnacios so well ask him how much the lot really cost him? i bet it was demolition. over at Mctygue alley

3:20 PM  
Blogger demroc said...

the truth of the matter is this. one discretion along the way, not that big of a deal. for, instance if tommy wants stephanie, fine, but wrap that togehter with the rest of his meglomaniac persona and you see a guy who would cheat on his wife, what makes you think you're above that food chain. you'll be next, chomp chomp. just ask kyle york
and eventhough a court has said he has the O.K. to run in the election, i still question why it's to a voters advantage to vote for someone who doesn't have to endure their poor policies because they reside in another town. By his own admission he need to be at the farm to oversee the business.

3:42 PM  
Blogger Horatio Alger said...

Bruce Levinsky, for those of fleeting memory, was and may still be a Keehn supporter. He was an ardent backer of the charter reform movement, which definitely made some strange bedfellows in this city. He was also able to succeed in demolishing the historic wing of the Rip Van Dam under Keehn’s –and more importantly Ron Kim’s –watch. I doubt he’s got any love for the Klotzian and McTyguian Democrats.

As for Scirocco, he’s beholden to one: the Republican Party. He’s a loyalist and one who will tug the party line once in office. Keehniacs can bluster on about how he’ll come around to agree with their so-called progressive agenda, but the truth is the only thing moderate about the guy is the fact he’s using Ms Mayor’s hatred of McTygue to ride into office.

9:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think he'll ride more then her hatred. this guys history. and its easy to say he is beholden to the republicans. but what i like best is that republicans didn't want him to run agaisnt Mctygue.its tmacs fault he is so hated not Sciroccos. so if he was such a line toe-er as you claim he wouldn't even be running. besides just look at his
vlt vote. and at some point one would have to admit that the current supervisors, when it comes to getting things for the city can't even walk where he has pissed down at the county. but nice try. and like i said before, anyone can feel free to prove me wrong. if you are trying to imply that skip is beholden to anyone simply look at the campaign contributions. rich, powerful influencial all going to McTygue. average citizen fed up with the crap Scirocco. I know I know. in your world democrats don't do mean idiotic and politically stupid things. it's only republicans. but in the world the rest of us live in there are times when the republican has more integrity then the democrats. that proofs in this race.

3:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McTygue is toast! Scirocco is going to get plenty of Keehn voters to vote for him as well as the hard core republicans. McTygue has had his palms greased for years and everyone knows. People are fed up and will not take it anymore. While he has been getting rich with kickbacks the public has suffered paying dearly.

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don't call a structure which can't stand on its own a building

5:45 PM  

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