Wednesday, November 07, 2007

The short unhappy term of Valerie Keehn

Valerie Keehn looked like she had accidentally taken a mouthful of fermented grapefruit rind Tuesday. As her fragment of the Democratic Party gleefully cheered on the crushing defeat of nemesis Tom McTygue, the incumbent mayor watched as one district after the next supported her becoming the second consecutive mayor to be voted out of office after just one term.

Despite her sour look and caustic remarks, Keehn claimed wasn’t bitter about the loss, nor did she point fingers. That is, except for the middle one she waved at McTygue the whole night. It almost seemed as though Keehn was amazed by her loss, which she directly linked to her bouts with the Public Works fixture. She seemed unable to grasp how the people could so abruptly turn on the self-proclaimed people’s mayor. And when she reached deep for these reasons, all she managed to come up with was the same middle finger.

“Not only did I have an opponent, I had three opponents and one of those opponents was the biggest political machine this city has ever seen,” she said in her concession speech.

Not that her loss had anything to do with fracturing the city Democrats, or by her supporters waging a slash-and-burn campaign against her primary challenger; or that she just lacked any accomplishments in office other than her pestilent needling McTygue. No, these weren’t reasons for defeat; these were reasons for victory, she explained to her cronies.

“While I won’t be the mayor, the person sitting to the left of the mayor is going to be far better for this city because of something I have done and that is something that no other mayor in this city has done and that is to have the courage to take on the machine of this city and make this city a better place,” she said in her trademark less-than-enthusiastic tone.

While this may sound like the mayor being a sore loser, she did make one extremely valid point in claim to have done “something no other mayor in the city has done.” Aside from uttering the longest mayoral run-on sentences ever recorded, she managed to nuke the city’s Democratic Committee AND deliver the city council to the Republicans on a platinum platter, complete with some hand-wrapped Cubans and a decanter of single malt scotch for effect. No other Democrat in city history has so thoroughly sabotaged their own party for the simple sake of handing the government over to their opponents.

And then came the scary part of Keehn’s speech.

“If you think I am going to go away, I can tell you I’m not going to go away,” she said to drowning applause.

Yes, another unfortunate truth about Keehn’s loss is that there was no binding agreement or section in the city charter mandating that she be catapulted from the city once and for all, which means her bickering and dickering could one day crop back up in city politics like crabgrass in the spring time. Note to Scott Johnson: your first mayoral directive should be issuing an edict to catapult the former mayor and her husband back to Wyoming or any other state where their politics won’t infect the government like a herpes sore at a junior high game of spin the bottle.

Amazingly, some seemed shocked by Keehn’s so-called upset, when the writing was on the wall as early as her February state of the city address. It was the first time the compound fracture between the Keehniacs and the city’s yellow dog Democrats was publically evident. Whatever wasn’t etched in stone then was certainly chiseled after her gloating during the primary, which she mistakenly perceived as a Democratic mandate instead of the freak power vote it was. Still, WNYT’s John Allen seemed to blow a gasket over the Keehn loss.

“This could only be considered an upset,” he said, a very concerned and perplexed look deeply entrenched on his face. “Retired lawyer, relative newcomer to the political scene Scott Johnson will be the next mayor of Saratoga Springs.”

Allen went on to explain how is almost seemed Johnson was “lying low” during the first days of the campaign, which technically kicked off in January and got into full swing in April. While this is nowhere near an astute observation –Johnson’s lay-low technique has be roundly discussed on this blog –it’s a poignant one nonetheless.

Like many, Johnson accurately read the kamikaze trajectory Keehn set herself on and simply waited for her collision into the S.S. McTygue. Keehn and her supporters, on the other hand, wrongly figured she could win over Republican voters by simply supporting Scirocco in his quest to sink the stalwart McTygue. Some even sympathized for the Keehniacs and their dreadfully miscalculated run at politics.

“I was up on Broadway with a Scirocco sign and Keehn people high-fived me,” Scirocco's brother, Frank told the Saratogian. “You kind of felt bad.”

The Keehniacs even broadly boasted how their candidate had enough bi-partisan support to take a 20 point lead against Johnson. Of course, even Tom Qualtere’s toddler cousin could have identified the flaw in this thinking: Republicans simply don’t vote for candidates even remotely affiliated with Democracy for America and especially not those defining themselves as “tax and spend” leftist

But the MENSA folk at Kamp Keehn couldn’t figure this out. While Johnson made quiet strides in August and September, Keehn drank the Kool-aid her supporters so readily stirred for her each day. Rather than help her own party, she dumped her efforts into helping Skip Scirocco, who secured a nearly 30 point lead over McTygue; well more than he needed considering the utter flogging in print the incumbent DPW commissioner got at the hands of two less than reputable news sources. Needless to say, there weren’t any Scirocco supporters high-fiving the Keehniacs Tuesday.

Had Keehn made amends with her party after the primaries, she would have been all but assured re-election. She nailed down endorsements from one major newspaper, the local fish wrap and a semi-legible neo-fascist liberal gossip column, as well as support from many high-ranking Democrats in state and federal office. In the end, she lost by more than 500 votes, which was ironically about the same number of votes accrued by Gordon Boyd; strange how that worked out.

“Anyone can speculate on what effect I had,” Boyd told the Daily Gazette. “I did what I thought was the right thing.”

So what does this all mean? Good question. Despite Keehn’s assertions, he defeat likely does mean a relative exodus of her supporters from politics. They lack the gall to merge with the Republicans and the humility to rejoin the Democrats. Most likely, the same group of “disenfranchised” folks stumping for the soon-to-be former mayor will go back to whining about being disenfranchised. And when the Republican machine cranks up in City Hall this winter, many of them will be sorry they used C4 instead of matches to burn their party bridges.

For the city, it will be a return to the status quo for the most part. The Republicans don’t have a supermajority and the voting predilections of both Johnson and Ivins are less than know commodities. The most drastic change will be the abandonment of the city plan to tap Saratoga Lake. With the county plan still barely plugging along, the council will undoubtedly vote to buy water from the pipeline to secure its future needs; look for the Volkswagen to speed this legislation through as his first order of business. He’s got some bills to pay at the county level.

The rest will have to wait until next month, as Johnson selects his deputy and decides whether he wants to guide the city or be guided by his party. History would suggest the later, but Johnson’s campaign talk seems to suggest something different. As for everyone else, there’s something to be learned from the vitriolic bickering on the council and its effect on the electorate. There’s no question why the two most frequent offenders are now on the outside looking in.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think there's anything "strange" at all, unless one thinks coincidence strange, in noting the 500 vote loss and Boyd's similar vote total.

If you think anyone who pulled the lever for Boyd would have pulled Keehn's lever had Boyd not been on the ballot, you've switched from single malt to Everclear.

Boyd's presence just means that Keehn lost by 500 fewer votes than she might have.

And I hope you're wrong (but think you're right) about the Skippy/county water scenario.

That was my biggest fear coming out of all this and Johnson's refusal to meaningfully weigh-in on the issue means he put getting elected ahead of being straight with Saratogians on one of the biggest issues the council has any clout over. (In fact, self-centeredness seems to have been the veritable theme of the Johnson, Keehn, McTygue, and Boyd campaigns.)

Oh well. There were no good options available for Mayor or DPW (except perhaps Johnson if we had known a single thing about his opinions other than that he once lived in Jeff Terrace) [Violin swell here].

Keep taking your shots, Horatio. But let's do everyone a favor and never mention the names McTygue or Keehn ever again. Please?

--Fish Creek Lunker

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With just the politics in Saratoga, you will never run out of things to write about. Living here in Dysfunction Junction Washington county and reading about Saratoga, I almost feel normal.

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Milhouse said...

My hope is that Johnson is smart enough to recognize that the last two mayors have been ousted for being too dogmatic. Lenz was at least perceived to be too closely associated with the county GOP, and The Qheen was clearly under the spell of the wacko self-righteous wing of the Dems.

Saratoga probably does need to abandon the Saratoga Lake option, if only because it's pointless to pursue it when the County plan is all but a done deal. But let's take a step back and do a reasonably thorough analysis -- develop reasonable projections for our needs in the next two decades, re-analyze the capability of Loughberry Lake to meet those needs, and examine all costs of all options to meet those needs. It doesn't do us much good to have cheaper water from Saratoga Lake if our property taxes go up a couple hundred bucks a year to cover the capital expenses.

Ditto with the Public Safety Palace. What do we really need? That can be answered by paying an architect or space planner to do a thorough analysis of the needs, and develop rough square footage calculations based upon those needs. What are the options (expansion, adding an annex building, renovation, building downtown, building on Weibel or some other mildly remote location)? And what are the costs of each option? And, yes, we need to consider the opportunity costs of those options. In other words, how much gain must the city forego to continue to occupy prime downtown real estate?

Affordable housing is a crock. There's no entitlement to live in the city in which you work. You can work in Saratoga and live in Burnt Hills. Many people do. Leave this issue alone.

We do need a reasonable plan for development in this city. Let's figure out what we want (which we've apparently done several times over the last decade by virtue of the numerous comprehensive plan reviews), set the zoning and let it go. We need some stability and dependability in the process (including in the plan review) to get decent development here.

I don't think this city can take much more of the relative fiscal irresponsibility we've seen lately. Someone needs to step back, take a breath, and use their heads to review it all. Hopefully someone like Johnson, who may not be so reliant on a political party or large donors, has the chutzpah to tell everyone to back off for a bit and let him work.

Yeah, like that's gonna happen.

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sharon Boyd had it right in calling Keehn supporters zealots after the primary.
There was no mathematical way for Keehan to be victorious. The numbers were never there. Johnson would have won on his own; Boyd just put the icing on the cake.
You may or may not like Mctygue but you have to give him his due; he had Keehn fiqured out long before the rest of us.
Last night at the Pricipessa Elena, Tom seemed to be okay with losing the election while it was obviously apparent that he was overjoyed in ridding the city of Keehan.

Surprisingly, I think Skippy said it best, when he stated that "Tom McTygue has served a long time and has done alot of good things".

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I would love to comment, but you pretty much hit every nail on the head. Kudos for such a well-written, succinct synopsis of what happened before, during, and probably, after the election.

I would love to glom on about the Keehn loss, but that would be being a sore winner. Not that they would have done the same had she won.

It WILL be interesting, however, to read/hear the future comments the Keehn supporters will be making-especially in lieu of how much arrogance they showed regarding her being a "shoe-in" for a second term.

What did that one blogger post....? "Keehn, et's in the BAG!!!" I wonder if he is inside his car right now with the motor on and the garage doors down.

Thank you for all your effort with this blog, as well. I don't always agree with you, but you offer an interactive news experience at a subscription cost that is substantially lower than my Saratogian delivery.

A Small "r" republican for Fairness

PS. Your still need to do some proofreading though. Your spelling and grammar blow.

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know....I just had a brainstorm.

The city wants money for a new police station.

Maybe, we could start hosting UFC fighting matches between Ms. Keehn, and Mr. McTygue. It would seem they both have the vitriol (and now, the time). Charge $10 a head and have them duke it out every Friday night at the City Center. Figure on at least 8000 attendees per fight. That's $80,000 large a week!!! If we give them a couple of weeks off, we are looking at 4 mil in the first year alone! AND THIS DOESN'T EVEN TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE MERCHANDISING RIGHTS!!!!

Throw in 10-15,000 EX-mayor Keehn Bratz dolls, and an equivalent number of "G.I. McTygue" army men, legos, action sets etc. and you are talking REAL MONEY!

Why stop there? "Air Saratoga on XM/Sirius with your hosts....Keehn and McTygue"

Call Steven I hear a three picture deal? There is just no end (or downside) to such unlimited revenue potential.

Folks, this is solid gold outside the box thinking. Don't laugh. It's a better idea than Herr Mayor thinking that VLT revenue would pay for it! You could knock out a new Taj Mahal Public Safety building, and probably have enough left over to insure that the next several generations of Saratogians wouldn't have to pay taxes at all!!!

Signed, The Wretched

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, no one at City Hall will miss the wild afternoon banshee screams and tirades that characterized our Mayor's single term in office. The backstabbing sell out of her own running mates, the underhanded political maneuvering by her minions suggesting that voters vote for other party affiliates, our poorest excuse of a mayor is now, history. Alleluia

After blathering an almost incomprehensible concession, she now threatens to stay around to fight like a resistant infection, never having understood why she had won her first election, never developing a strategy with a potential dream team and never getting beyond her self-destructive, party-destructive, crippling suicide bombing approach to elected office. She wasted her time and ours.

The dilusionary corrupt 'machine' she contends required fighting was not, the smaller more efficiently run department of Public Works whose piece of the annual budget pie gets smaller each year, but the actual, ever enlarging and inefficiently managed Public Safety Department whose childish demands will financially threaten living in this City.

Remarkable, how the Chief on election night states on TV that “he can’t do anything, only the Council can” responding to the legal complaint his women officers. He along with his Commissioner, should be sued by these women, for not doing anything to rectify the conditions found unacceptable two years ago and given funds by the Council to correct them. They chose to do nothing, but complain along with the Mayor.

Shame on you Valerie Keehn. You were a colossal disappointment.

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Proposed Public Safety Building.

Sure, the aging infrastructure currently 'serving' as a police station is well beyond its usefulness, and the city would do well to have a contemporary building to support public safety.

But before the city council goes haywire with shovels and bricks, let's ask a fundamental question, "What kind of a building do we need to support the kind of public safety program we need in order to address crime and related public safety in Saratoga Springs?"


First, what kind of crime do we have in Saratoga Springs? How many felonies, misdemeanors and violations? How much hard and dirty threats to Broadway walkers and Beakman Street perusers are there? How many detectives, sergeants and beat cops do we need? How does the size and make up of the Saratoga Springs Police compare to other cities with similar demographics? Hmmmmmmm......? The officers in the police department are repeatedly the highest paid civil servants in the city. Fine. They earn it. It's a lousy job. But, can we begin the search for a new public safety where it belongs? With an examination of public safety and not the wish lists of cops?

7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Breaking news from Camp Keehn

After a full day of brainstorming they have come to the conclusion that the election was a victory. Now with McTyghe out of the way they can push through Charter reform. At the same time they hope to take over the Democratic Committee and will be able to elect one of there own or perhaps the high priestess herself might stage a comeback and serve a new four year term.
This is not a joke they truly believe this.

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah! We don't have to talk about the election anymore! Thank God. If only we could bottle Val's essence into some kind of gas, we could lull the entire Iraqi people into a passive stupification and the war would be over in no time.

4:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fair Warning to the Cult of Val:

DO NOT even think about continuing (or resurrecting) your planned insurgency of the Saratoga Democratic party.

The results are in and the proof is laid out there as clear as can be: you assholes totally fucked it up.

After decades of slow progress in getting control of the city concil away from the Republican machine -and finally succeeding in 2005 -YOU gave it all back. We might not ever recover it in our lifetimes.

That remains your sole accomplishment after two years.

Go away. We don't need you or want you. You are dangerous to both the party and (more importantly) to the city as a whole.

7:34 AM  
Blogger Horatio Alger said...

Fish Creek Lunker: Had Keehn run a clean primary against Boyd, she could have cross the isle and asked him to withdraw his candidacy for the sake of the party. At least then there would have been a chance she would have gotten those votes. Johnson was supported by Republicans and Boyd was supported by the aforementioned “yellow dog Democrats.” These are folks who would’ve just a soon voted for a yellow dog than Johnson.

And as per your second request, I’ve regrettably already done so. For what it’s worth, this has been a rough campaign season on me. It may sound strange, but writing about this sort of sparring really takes a toll on one’s constitution. Frankly, if those two names are never cited again in the annals of iSaratoga, it will be too soon.

Scoop: Amen brother. Just prey this sort of contagion doesn’t waft its way westward.

Millhouse: After Lenz fell, I remember feeling a sense of optimism, just because the known politicians were unseated and the unknowns were percolating in. Then came the one whose name we will never speak. And her yapping lapdog followed. And he was followed by her crew of court jesters. To be honest, I fear what the new council brings. Johnson seems to have a good head on his shoulders and at least seems to have a bit of fire in his belly.

I think the real wildcard here is Scirocco, who is already sounding like he’s more interested in other departments than his own. In other words, this could be the second coming of the so called “mayor of Saratoga” only with a big “R” behind his name.

Shotinthedark: Tom saw the writing on the wall after beating Cannon in 2003. That’s when he first started grumbling about retirement. Frankly, I think the only reason he stayed in office was to see his water plan through. That was his nest egg for the city. He ran strong in 2005 and thought a council comprised of his own party would accelerate the whole deal. Then came the one whose name we will never speak. This year, he ran a passive campaign and let that Scirocco roughshod over his reputation without once bringing up Skip’s own demons. It seemed like he was on the fence about staying and figured he’d let the voters decide for him, which is exactly what they did.

“Your still need to do some proofreading though. Your spelling and grammar blow.”

Yes, this is an ongoing issue and one you’ll have to bring up with Mr. Lutz. Years ago in a middle school far, far away, this recalcitrant tenured teacher did his earnest best to sway me away from having any interest in either of those subjects. Not that either really has much interest to begin with. Still, I will defer to my mantra at iSaratoga: it’s an imperfect place that remains in constant flux. What seems normal at the crack of dawn with a low caffeine count in the blood often seems much different at the end of the day with beer in hand. At times, I’ll side up to a bourbon and file through old entries correcting some of the blatant mistakes. Of course, anytime you see one, feel free to chime in about it with a short missive. I take no offense to my mid-morning grammatical shortcomings.

The Wretched: I’ve always been a fan of cage matches, especially when they involve a retired civil servant and an airhead special ed teacher. Frankly, I want to see Dreyer with a trident versus Moore with the net.

“Remarkable, how the Chief on election night states on TV that ‘he can’t do anything, only the Council can’ responding to the legal complaint his women officers.”

Ed Moore should be fired. His playing politics is an embarrassment to the position. The fact he was complacent in allowing these officers waited until several minutes before the election to file this claim is even more abysmal. I agree whole heartedly. If the city is faulted, the ax should come down on Moore.

“After a full day of brainstorming they have come to the conclusion that the election was a victory.”

This is almost as delusional as their thinking with Scirocco. Hopefully, the party gets some new blood in it. One look at the Keehniacs on election night and it’s clear they won’t be around for the long haul. Their patron goddess is probably the youngest among them.

Damnit, there I go again with that name...Perhaps I should start an iSaratoga "Keehn Jar"...then maybe I'd save enough cash to hire a much-needed editor...

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Blue Dog said...

Ed Moore shouild be fired! Let me get this straight, he works for the city and is being paid with tax dollars and he's suing the city and therefore the citizens who pay him. Will people please wake up! Maybe people are afraid of the police?

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Fish Creek Lunker: Had Keehn run a clean primary against Boyd, she could have cross the isle and asked him to withdraw his candidacy for the sake of the party."

Have you forgotten about SUCCESS? I don't think it is in Valerie's nature to be forgiving. I believe Valerie was well past the point of kissing and making up. After the primary she stated she would have to call Gordon. I would be very surprised if she had in fact ever did make that call.
If you own a pet dog and that dog bites a child you should always have the dog destroyed. Voters did the correct thing and put the dog down.
I know Scott only in passing; I am hoping to be pleasantly surprised about Scott's views of where we get our drinking water from. That issue was settled two years ago. Also the state of the economy has become noticably worse. The county could very well end up with egg on it's face if the AMD chip plant doesn't get built. They still haven't gotten the egg of their faces from the 10 million dollars wasted on the landfill. No, I think Scott is much to smart to gamble his longevity of being Mayor on whether that plant gets built or not.
Also, it would be very unwise for him to appear to be a puppet of the county republicans; he saw what that did to Lenz.

11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Agree with most of your post. The following is way off base, though:

"Affordable housing is a crock. There's no entitlement to live in the city in which you work. You can work in Saratoga and live in Burnt Hills. Many people do. Leave this issue alone."

You've got it all wrong. Of course there's no entitlement to live in the city in which you work. But that's not the point. There's also no entitlement to insure that all children get affordable quality medical treatment. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't strive to accomplish it anyway.

Having any person living as close as possible to where they work is not just desirable, but essential, given that on a global scale our days of long driving are numbered (oil is going bye-bye).

But even on a more micro scale, gas prices are going to skyrocket, and if the working-poor or even the working-but-struggling-middle-class can spend less on gas getting to work, the rest of us more fortunate can spend less on paying for bloated Medicare and Medicaid programs foisted on us by their Wal-Mart-esque employers.

And then there's homogeneity vs. heterogeneity in terms of the composition of communities. It's my least defensible opininon in terms of practicality, but nonetheless, I'd prefer to have my kids exposed to a variety of people and experiences in their hometown.

Affordable housing is the farthest thing from a crock that I can think of.

--Fish Creek Lunker

6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets all rate our priorities.
I am throwing this out as they popped into my head. Please feel free to add your own.

Health care for all
Affordable housing
A living wage
Stopping the war
Cleaning up the environment
A new police station
A new recreational facility
Creating green space
Stopping sprawl
Becoming energy efficient

7:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please add:

Building new parking decks.

7:36 PM  
Blogger John said...

I would like to formally propose that the Congress Park carousel be renamed the Tom McTygue Carousel. Nobody fought harder or longer than Tom to have it but in the Park. He never wavered in his conviction and his vision that it belonged there. I cannot think of a more fitting tribute to his legacy than this. It is particularly fitting seeing the way his name has been dragged though the mud. Knowing the way Scott Johnson feels about Tom’s accomplishments if the current administration won't indorse it, Scott would be happy to.

John Tighe

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today's Times Union:

The average sewer customer currently pays $138 a year. If the entire project cost is borne by users, customers would see a $50 increase in their bills. The city of Saratoga Springs, which has a bulk agreement with the sewer commission, would see a million-dollar increase that would have to be absorbed by local users there, Davis said.

Surprise, Surpise, three days after the election the bills are coming due.

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A million here, a million there, pretty every swinging dick in Saratoga is soon going to be feeling a lot of financial pain. Has anyone been paying attention to what is going on in the economy?
Oil at $100 a barrel and experts saying $150 is just around the corner. They also tell us the price won't be coming down because of the China’s and India's expanding economies.

Is it wise to be building additional parking facilities that benefit relatively few people (downtown businesses) on the assumption that all of this parking space will even be necessary within the next 10-15 year?

I hope that Scott Johnson is able to think "outside the box" and prevent these colossal mistakes from happening.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To shotinthedark -
You said,"They still haven't gotten the egg of their faces from the 10 million dollars wasted on the landfill."

I believe the cost was 22 million...not accounting for the 4 (?) employees that the County (we) pay for twiddling their thumbs for the past six years...doing absolutely nothing.

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We all know that many of the region's conservative blogs right now are happily clamoring on about how this loss means the immediate exit of progressive and liberal forces from the local political arena. Perhaps they may a bit too optimistic. A closer examination of demographics and voter registration trends, in fact, reveal the exact opposite. Progressives are growing in number in Saratoga County and will likely become a force to be reckoned with in the years to come.

If you look at the overall countywide voter registration, while the older, more established residents are solidly Republican in their voting behavior, the younger generations and recent transplants are trending more Democratic and independent. (In fact, since January 2006, the number of new Democratic registrations has outpaced Republican registrants in Saratoga County) How will this play out over the next decade as many of these older conservative folks start to die off, and are slowly replaced by a more liberal electorate?

Saratoga County Voter Registration Data from Voter Contact Services -

Registered Prior to 1990 -
Democratic - 7,961 (21.28%)
Republican - 22,140 (59.19%)
Other - 7,304 (19.53%)

Registered Prior to 2002 -
Democratic - 9,543 (29.14%)
Republican - 10,887 (33.25%)
Other - 12,317 (37.61%)

Registered Prior to 2006 -
Democratic - 2,886 (32.29%)
Republican - 2,641 (29.55%)
Other - 3,411 (38.16%)

Statewide (and across the Northeast), the old suburban Republican machines are crumbling, in great part due to the party's increasingly southern, anti-intellectual ideological tilt. Over the past decade, the Democrats have taken the county legislatures in Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester. The Dutchess legislature and the Colonie Town Board just flipped to the Dems the other night. Saratoga County is one of the few suburban areas of the state where the GOP infrastructure still remains largely in tact. But continuing demographic changes, including a continued influx of people from Albany County and downstate will certainly help to shift the balance of power in Saratoga over the next 10 to 15 years. This is perhaps why in The Town of Ballston, where no Democrat has held elected office since the 1970s, one of the co-chairs of the local DFA chapter was just elected Town Supervisor. Another DFA-backed candidate also won the Supervisor's post in Moreau. If the progressives are supposedly vanishing from the Saratoga political scene, as some are suggesting, then why are progressive Democrats now winning in towns which haven't voted for Democrats on the local level since the 1970s? Why can't these conservative blogs seem to answer this question?

All in all, Tuesday's Democratic losses in Saratoga Springs were most likely the result of the infighting between Mayor Valerie Keehn and Public Works Commissioner Thomas McTygue, not an ideological shift in local politics or a mandate for conservative policies. The new Mayor-elect, Republican Scott Johnson won by a plurality, not a majority. When the returns came in last Tuesday, the two Democrats, Valerie Keehn and Gordon Boyd still received more votes combined that did the Republican. In the race for the open Finance Commissioner's spot, GOP businessman Ken Ivins, arguably more qualified for the poition, only defeated Democrat Jane Weihe, a retired schoolteacher, by two points. Can you only picture what would have happened if the Democrats had nominated a more qualified candidate? And the righties continue to blather on about some kind of mandate?

Even despite the losses in the Spa Cty, the continuing decline in Republican registration, as well as the recent election of DFA-backed Supervisor candidates to areas previously thought to be impenetrable for Democrats only appears to reveal one thing - Progressivism is the wave of the future in Saratoga County...

10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gentlemen: We're getting it now. The target for two years of questionable practices and spending were focussed on the smaller and shrinking piece of the financial pie -- Public Works, when in fact the larger growing, mismanaged, self-serving Public Safety department is being set up to get you where it hurts most.

First, understand that part of the mess at the Police Station is about overcrowding, yet the larger part is about mismanagement and self-created hardships. Think about it. The only department in City Hall to complain to the age of their desks and toilets, after several attempts to both provide funds and plans for internal renovations and additions – seems a little bit self created and self absorbed.

Secondly, the outrageous public tantrums to build a $17 million today, $24 million tomorrow building designed by the Police Chief are numbing. His puppets and lap dog Commissioner either afraid to challenge the long blue line or simply unwilling to suggest a more reasonable, cost effective solution especially during this free fall of the economy, is unacceptable. This from the man whose original platform to “Think outside the Box” became transformed like an enormous Optimus Prime into “Building for the Future”.

Thirdly, the Chief has spent every effort and paid hour campaigning for his empire plan, the latest claiming in front of news camera’s on Election Day that “he can’t do anything”. Haven’t been given more than $1 million dollars two year’s ago, the Police women should be suing the Commissioner and the Chief for sitting on their hands. Sure these employees need effective work areas, but this is was a planned train wreck, that has the Chief’s fingerprints all over the throttle.

Fourthly, the Commissioner once championed along with his fallen leader affordable housing for Police then quickly realized most of them in this City live in Wilton (not paying City Taxes). When he threatened to condemn the Police Station for its intolerable conditions, he didn’t realize that it could back fire for apparently not doing the inspections required or the corrections that were funded by the City Council.

And, you should know that the Chief will attempt to settle his bruised ego, (after a Woman Deputy Commissioner conspired to force him from his job) to the tune of $500 thousand behind closed doors on November 16th while everyone else is trying to get ready for their modest Thanksgiving diners. Let’s hope that it is not a sealed decision, it would make good copy for Horatio.

Imagine the outcome today … if she had succeeded?

4:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forget the carousel
Lets name the sewage treatmant pile on Weibel Ave after Mr. McTygue.

I would like to formally propose that the sewage pit be renamed the Tom McTygue Manure Pile.
Nobody fought harder or longer than Tom to have it on Weibel Ave. (Forget DEC regulations)
He never wavered in his conviction and his vision that it belonged there.
I cannot think of a more fitting tribute to his legacy than this.

It is particularly fitting seeing the way his name has been dragged though the mud.

Knowing the way Scott Johnson feels about Tom’s accomplishments if the current administration won't indorse it, Scott would be happy to.

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is exactly why we called them "Pigs" when I was a young man.

8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to formally propose that the porta-potty behind the Casino we named the

I can think of no more fitting tribute to this great women’s service to the city.

10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This city has serious water problems and it was regretable that the Republicans were able to skirt the issue. Clearly they were helped by both Keehn and Kim whose desire to defeat McTygue caused them to do everything they could not to discuss the water.

In 1964 the city had what the engineers call the "drought of record." This drought was so severe that they had to bring in the Army Corps of Engineers to run a pipe from Bog Meadow which is just a short distance from Loughberry Lake in order to keep the reservoir from literally going dry.

While the city has been able to tap some additional sources of water, the models done by Barton and Loguidice (confirmed by the acceptance by the Health Department and the Department of Environmental Conservation or the Environmental Impact Study) showed that were the city to experience a drought of similar severity, the reservoir would be fully drawn down. As Richard Straut characterized it, "The reservoire would look like a very large mud puddle."

Given what we are seeing in the Southeast, and given the 1964 event, the threat to our water is very real.

In addition, the 1988 study by ENCON determined that the sediments in the bottom of the reserovoir were contaminated by heavy medals such as cadmium and by large deposits of lead and arsenic. Apparenltly, during less enlightened times, there were industrial sites adjacent to our source of drinking water.

There is also the overall process of eutrophication identified in the 1988 study and reaffirmed by B&L. We have, by most standards, a very small reservoir. Built in the 1870's by damming a stream, its watershed lies outside the city and has been subject to rapid developemtn with little concern about the effect of run off into the reservoir. The result is that the water we are drinking must be more and more rigorously processed to make it potable. The taste of our water during the summer is a testament to the problem.

It is important to note that were the lake to be drawn down too far, the toxic substances in the lake would be disturbed and would further compromise its quality.

Barton and Loguidice was selected to try to address the city's water problems in 1997 by a city council in which McTygue was the only Democrat. In fact, until the Saratoga Lake Improvement people organized out of fear that their use of the lake might be curtailed, it was commonly understood and bi-partisan that we needed to replace the reservoir and that Saratoga Lake which is classified by the feds as a class A source of drinking water is the logical choice.

It is in this context that the Republican victory is so disturbing. They have taken the public position that the city has no real water problems. This, as with global warming is an abuse of science in the interst of ideology. In fact, Ken Ivins was quoted in the Saratogian that the reseroir is "thriving." This kind of hyperbole is truly breath taking. Now, one might argue about its rate of decline but to say it is thriving is grotesque and shows an utter contempt for both science and the truth.
These people have focused on the fact that the 1988 study by ENCON estimated that the water in the lake would be unpotable in ten years from the time of the study. The fact that the city was able to extend its life does not mean that the lake is "thriving."
Finally, the cost of the county water versus Saratoga Lake makes the financial logic of abandoning the Saratoga Lake espeically troubling.
What we had was an unholy alliance of the Saratoga Lake people, the Republicans linked to the county plan, and the McTygue haters attempting to undermine the science. It remains to be seen if they will be successful.
My guess, is that the Republicans will kill the Saratoga Lake option and that when a crisis occurrs, which it most definitely will, either due to drought or to further demand, the city will end up using the county water, will lose control over its own water, and will pay dearly financially for the folly.

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent analysis Horatio,

Let's add a very intriguing fact to all this: there is statistical evidence of the collusion between Scirocco and Keehn, in addition to the anecdotal. Numbers don't lie.

When you look at the total number of votes cast for Mayor versus the other offices, it turns out that they are about equal with the DPW race (a drop-off of 105 votes), but the drop off was 823 for Finance and 966 for Public Safety. This means that about 10% of the people who voted for the contested city offices voted only for the Mayor and Public Works candidates, and did not vote either way on Finance or Public Safety.

When you look back to 2005 and 2003 races, the biggest drop off was only 6% (2003 Finance race), and the norm is about 300 or 400 voters voting for the most heavily voted race versus the others. So the question is “why did about 400 or 500 more voters than normal avoid the other two races?” The answer, supported by the anecdotal evidence, is that Valerie and Skip agreed “you get 200 or your people to vote for me, I'll get 200 of my people to vote for you, and we'll get them to not vote at all on the other races.”

At the Election District level, you could see the handiwork of this unholy alliance in the Skidmore College district, where Valerie won 85 votes to 7 for Boyd and 5 for Johnson, and the same voters brought Skip and McTygue to a virtual draw at 20-some each. It is also well known among Democratic campaign workers, that Valerie and her mentor Shawn Thompson, went up to Skidmore to cut the deal for Scirocco.

Conclusion: Valerie threw Jane Weihe under the bus, along with Cheryl Keyrouze. And Skip threw Richard Wirth under the same bus. Thus, Valerie prevented the Democrats from retaining control of the Council, as Jane could have won if Valerie hadn't supressed the Democrats from voting for her. The real backfire on Valerie was also that Skip didn't really deliver much, and probably didn't need to make the deal anyway. He won by almost 2000 votes, and even his commitment of 200 or so was not enough to save the people's Mayor.

Looking to the future, it will be interesting to see how Skip, having been a party to this intrigue, works with Scott Johnson, who could have been a victim of it. My guess is that they will smooth things out (Republicans always do), and do everything they can to help the community forget the nightmare of the Keehn years. As for Valerie and Shawn Thompson, who engineered this affair, they will have to explain to the Democrats how they took the City offices from having seven people elected to having only three, by making a deal to elect a Republican, and how that represents political progress.

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous 1:32pm

"My guess is that the Republicans will kill the Saratoga Lake option and that when a crisis occurs, which it most definitely will, either due to drought or to further demand, the city will end up using the county water, will lose control over its own water, and will pay dearly financially for the folly."

This is the Republican Conundrum.

The lake issue caused the Republican defeat two years. I'm sure all of these new republicans know how to look over their shoulders. With the exception of Sirrocco, I would be surprised if the rest of these guys are yes men. I am sure Johnson doesn't want to end up servicing only one or two terms.

The economy is really shaky. Many believe there is going to be some kind of catastrophic crash or more likely a severe recession.

Suppose gas goes to $5-$6 per gal? Suppose gas becomes hard to get?
There will be less travel; less people owning cars; less tourism. Hence less need for parking.

The county has to spend some serious dough on the sewer system. That is going to cost city residents a million bucks.
New police station cost.
New fire station cost.
New recreation facility cost.
A major infrastructure repairs and upgrade bill.
A growing employee pay, retirement, and health insurance benefits package to a mostly sub par workforce.

Ditto: For the school system and all of the school taxes that the hapless taxpayers are stuck with.

Houses prices are tanking but still unaffordable to most.
A scarcity of good jobs that generate a living wage.
A dollar that has lost one-third of its value within the last 4 months.
A chip plant (AMD) in Luther Forest that county leaders have foolishly bet 100 million on that probably will not get built.

No, my friend, these new Republicans have a lot on their plate; they have a lot to think about.

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Father Joe said...

Yo Shot in the Dark

Once again I will use your words.

"The voters are not at fault.
The voters along with McTygue and Boyd are the ones who straightened this mess out."

I would mildly disagree

The voters certainly did straightened out "the mess" in a BIG way.

It was done by a LANDSLIDE.

5190 to 3222 was the vote in DPW

That is where "the mess" was.

A 32 year incumbent getting beat by nearly 2000 votes.

A 24% defeat is huge.

Come on here fellas..your beef with Keehn is over.

But the real message here is that 5190 Saratogians voted for

Everyone connected with him is gone!!
Cheryl,Jane, and Gordon

Gordon got the same 500 voters that he got when he got smoked in September. No progress there.

The Biggest News here is that
THE BOTTOM of all vote getters were


The list of total Votes

Scirocco 5190
Kim 4310
Johnson 4241
Ivins 3924
Weil 3770
Keehn 3760
Wirth 3241
McTygue 3222 *****
Boyd 516

A 32 year incumbent getting the snot kicked out of him with the lowest total tells you how many people turned out to


Spin these numbers any way you want, but no matter how you do The McTytgue FLUSH was the real story.

That is the biggest news!!!

Now hopefully we can all just calm down and get along.

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Val who says you can't go home again
I'm sure everyone one in the city would be happy to chip in.
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5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is an interesting theory.

I don't neccessarily believe it-because I think that it would be just as easy to explain the drop off in voting (for the Finance/Public Safety seats) by the extremely "low key" campaigning efforts of the candidates in those races.

I don't think I saw a single picture or statement from Mr. Wirth throughout. Ditto for Ms. Weihe.

I pray that the woman whose name shall forever not be mentioned on this blog wasn't so conniving as to do this...although we all know that politics makes strange bedfellows.

I'm still wondering if there is any truth to the rumor that she is getting into the "human potential" (i.e. NXIVM) career field.

For you fellow readers-NXIVM is indeed a cult, and downright frightening (although comically funny as well). I spent a few hours the other night researching it. How people could get caught up with such B.S. is beyond me.... I thought that Mr. Boyd was a little off his rocker at first when he brought it up during the primaries, but now, I think he may have been pretty much on target.

Any thoughts?

A small "r" republican for fairness

6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe this is why Val’s NUTS

At least three NXIVM students that attended its intensive programs subsequently sought psychiatric care. One of those students, while in the midst of a "Level 2 Intensive," had a psychotic episode and was hospitalized in Albany.

Maybe Val will be number four

6:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's food for theory (sent on election eve):

From: Amejo Amyot []
Sent: Monday, November 05, 2007 9:06 PM

Hello All:

For years, City Councils handed out zoning changes to developers without a thought. Sometimes, if the community organized, protested and, if it was an election year, the Council would listen to citizen concerns. The citizens always had to beg and plead for representation. Except for Val Keehn's administration, I can not recall a council that was not prepared to vote for a development project even though the community was against it.

Mayor's Race: The flood gates of development will open again if Val Keehn is not in the Mayor's seat. It is as simple as that. SHE IS HONEST AND HAS INTEGRITY AND HAS THE GUTS TO FIGHT BACK TO BULLIES.

Taxes will not go down with more development they will go up.

Supervisor: Joanne Yepsen is the voice of the people. She is grass roots and hands on. She dares to confront the “Jasper Nolan’s” GOP puppet supervisors. She works for the people of Saratoga Springs and not the republican old boy network.

Public Works: Commissioner McTygue was fiercely in favor of the Exit 14 rezoning from 22 homes to 300 homes. He is a bully. Please consider voting for Skip Scirocco.

Finance: Ivins thinks green. Let’s give him a chance and ask him to keep Lynn Bockner in the finance department

Public Safety: Commissioner Ron Kim is truly a stand-up guy. He is honest, hard working and dedicated. Like Val Keehn, there is no party boss, or special interest that he is serving.

PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO 10 OF YOUR FRIENDS AND MAKE SURE THEY VOTE. If 20 of us make sure that ten friends and relatives vote for the people with integrity, that is 200 votes for the good gals and guys. That wins elections.


Amejo Amyot

Vote - Tuesday November 6th. ……. AND COME TO THE Inn at Saratoga at 9 pm to cheer on the peoples choice.

What is truly astounding, is that this Keehniac petitioned McTygue for all of her desired improvements on Dream Street in Beekmantown (and got them) and then THIS GOOD PARTY DEMOCRAT, stabs him, Keyrouze and Weihe in the back on the eve of election night -- that's why the Mayor and her lost children lost the election. As far as the stand-up puppet is concerned ... it will be lonely being the only ill-advised tax and spend YOUR MONEY democrat on the Council.

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Father Joe said...

Wow this is a real stretch about the cult stuff....

Rest those thoughts

Go back and look at the numbers.

Nearly 7 of of 10 voters went for Scirocco.

Were there crossover votes? A ton.

People wanted change.

There were no cults, UFO, or Elvis sightings to sway this election.

Just good old fashion get out to vote.

The numbers tell the story. The Change in DPW was the leading story.
The change in the mayor was next issue.

7 in 10 agreed that the change in DPW was important.

5 in 10 felt the need was at the mayor office.

The new council will have to sort through alot of issues in the coming months.

Lets get busy!!

9:26 AM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Comments like "semi-legible neo-fascist liberal gossip column" illegitimize your argument. Do you know what a fascist is? These are the views often aligned with fascists - nationalism, statism, militarism, totalitarianism, anti-communism, corporatism, populism, collectivism, and opposition to economic and political liberalism. Your point is rendered invalid.

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NXVIM is indeed a cult.

It has impacted quite a few families in the Saratoga Area.

The ex-wife of Ed Mitzen (Palio Communications) got caught up in it as an example. It combines psychobabble and mind bending persuasion -- ala EST and other "coaching" models.

NXVIM and Valerie's people share several key approaches:

* If you do not agree with them, you are THE ENEMY and should be defeated.
* They are quick to threaten lawsuits.
* They act in secrecy and with surprise (ala the Charter debacle)

This cult went after the Bronfman daughters money in Saratoga and also has deep links to several financial planners.

If Valerie is going to be working with them it would be Sweet Justice. It will help expose how nutty and dangerous she is.

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like those Republicans are still celebrating their local victory.

John Sweeney was pulled over on the Northway after suddenly swerving. Some outlets are reporting that his 23yo female companion confessed that she was the cause of this swerving action. I think we can read between the lines on that one. Congressman Kickass then went on to blow a .18 on the drunk-o-meter.

Not to be outdone, Saratoga Economic Development Corp's Ken Green (Luther Forest; county water project) was found asleep at the wheel of his car, which happened to be on the lawn of a neighbor's yard. Mr Chip Fab then went on to blow a .22 on the drunk-o-meter.

Keep this in mind, folks: the legal limit is .08! Do the math.

Were these guys at the same party?

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Broadway Billy said...

i think she already had that psychotic episode.

or didn't you witness her election night "concession speech" in front of all those weepy eyes?

it wasn't pretty. actually, it was downright frightening.


i hear that Wyatt's NXIVM name is Tremble.

4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey little r,

Surprise, surprise to learn that Gordon Boyd is an honest intelligent person. Too bad you waited so long before checking out the facts.

I am not worried about Gordon. Cream always floats to the top. Gordon is not lacking in confidence.

The only sad thing is; he would have made a great mayor.

5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mathew,

It could have been worse.

If Valerie had been born a few years back she probably would have been following Charlie Manson around.

7:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I think you have it wrong. I consider myself one of Mr. Boyd's most ardent supporters. He is a gentleman in every sense of the word.

He is intelligent and a valued contributor to this community.

I just thought his bringing up the whole Fulani/NXIVM cult thing was bad tactics-whether true or not. I told him this in person after a meeting. Didn't affect my support for him one bit. I just thought (correctly, I might add) that the opposition would paint him as a crazy for citing that as his reason to remain in the race.

I hope this clears things up. I have enjoyed reading your thoughtful commentary on the various blogs, and consider you to be a kindred spirit regarding the path our city is on, and where it should go in the future.

Signed, A small "r" republican for fairness

7:52 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Check out some of the local testimonials:

8:15 PM  
Blogger Horatio Alger said...


Let’s deconstruct my statement with regards to the aforementioned publication: “semi-legible” indeed. They hire writers out of college with about as much journalistic knowhow as the freshmen writing for the high school sports column. They err on the side of fluff, foist one-sided stories as balanced and brand themselves as a viable news agency when they should really stick to what they do best, which is write openly biased first-person narratives about the latest metal jam at Northern Lights.

Next, let’s deconstruct the phrase neo-fascist. Neo means “new” and fascist, as you correctly explained, means a sort of totalitarian regime marked by its intolerance. So this phrase in and of itself suggests a “new fascism” rather than the Mussolini-brand of fascism, which you seem to suggest. In today’s America, fascism is generally not regarded as a movement anyone would willingly or openly subscribe.

However, once something is coined "liberal" or "progressive," it’s very easy to attract the bongo-playing pseudo hippies of GenX along with the graying flower-power folk from bygone days(see: Democracy for America); or in this case, the Metroland. It’s pretty easy to get these folks to follow along with all sorts of faux movements, no matter how hollow they may be, once a few catch phrases like “affordable housing,” “open government” and “green space,” are dropped(case in point: the Keehniacs). So under this thinking, neo-fascist liberalism would be a new movement of pseudo progressives banging the drum simply to lead the aforementioned folks on a crusade never intended to resolve any of its purported causes.

As for my last assertion, that paper is a fucking gossip column. The trash they spread this past election was nothing short of horrific; graphically biased articles lacking sources, their bullshit “endorsements” and best of all, their “public enemies’” list. In fact, most of the time they attempt to take an edgy stand on news –such as supporting a mayoral candidate they incorrectly view as the liberal progressive –they end up revealing their true colors.

Sad enough, this paper DOES reach people –especially the 20-something bar crawlers –and not necessarily the type that identifies it for what it is: a toilet-stall rag that’s worth exactly its cover price. I hope this clarifies some of the confusion for you.

9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Chop chop! Can we get a fresh blog entry here sometime in '07?


Peeved in PVD

4:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE: Jim's note of local ESP'ians / NXIVM members:

Indeed, Saratogian Mrs Bouchey is a long time and highly placed operative within the cult. As you read about the group, one learns how the second tier leadership (below guru Keith 'Vanguard' Raniere) tends to be female. Weird.

The boy's a charmer, obviously. All these ladies strive to become The One, chosen by Raniere as the vessel for his seed.

Notice in her company "Who We Are' section how her employees are similarly indocrinated.

The new Clifton Park address of her business represents the well-publicized initiatives of the cult to buy up sizable property holdings there; with Ms Bouchey being actively involved in the process and financing.

The group experienced planning boards road blocks in Clifton Park when it was revealed (after much digging) that the properties were to be used as indoctrination centers as well as organizational offices for the international operation.

So, who cares and WTF does this have to do with us and the topic here on this blog?


1) In the words of Deep Throat: "follow the money." Connect the dots.

2) "Birds of a feather flock together." Again, connect the dots.

3) Recall the key problem encountered in Clifton Park? Two words: Planning Boards.

4:58 AM  
Blogger Horatio Alger said...


Sorry folks, time has been at a premium lately. Not to mention, I needed a bit of detox time after this last campaign season, just to get the prose back to a semi-legible state. Blogger central will be back up and running with full vitriol and vigor later today, depending on several mitigating factors. Trust me, I’m raring to go here, with all the John Sweeney talk and what not...

6:40 AM  
Anonymous Toga Booster said...

Gee whiz, you got me going with this NXIVM stuff and all of its local connections.

Is everyone aware of the following story, published recently by the NY Post?

Now, keep this in mind: former Saratoga golden boy Joe O'Hara was also involved with the cult (although he was eventally accused of stealing their money, and just recently settled a related civil suit with these space aliens).

And Mr O'Hara, too, was "run out of Arkansas"....

Here is the piece:


October 1, 2007 -- A purported pyramid-scheme operator who was run out of Arkansas when Bill Clinton was governor has reinvented himself as the head of an upstate group accused of being a "cult" - and his devotees have pumped thousands into Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential run.

Executives and top associates of the Albany-based NXIVM group - along with their family members - donated $29,900 to Clinton's presidential campaign, according to federal records.

On March 14 and April 13, records show, more than a dozen contributions poured into Clinton's coffers from NXIVM, an executive and group-awareness training organization led by Brooklyn-born Keith Raniere, 47.



Now, let's start going over Val's individual contributors and their possible relationship to this nut house, if possible.

Question. Are these women used as member-bait? If so, can't they come up with a better lure than Val ?????????

Well, at least we can can now determine the cause of that dazed look in her eyes.

7:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here ya go; a brand new site:

Val Keehn -- life coach

Oh Vanguard....!

2:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened to the money the county gave McTygue when Skip Scirocco was a supervisor? He was given many thousands for the sewer system and squandered it away. The guy stole money for ever and needed to go down. Stop blaming everyone else and suck it up! He's a crook and within a few months it will all come to light.

FBI Investigations Division

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank God, I had visions of yellow crime scene tape and a chalk outline of your body outside city hall.

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

do you retards realize keehn got more votes then both boyd and mctygue combined. if she was bad i duess people really thought more of her then those two, the lowest vote getters in saratoga. have some.

5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's quite humorous that some on this blog have had the audacity to suggest renaming the Congress Park Carousel after soon-to-be-ex DPW commish Tom McTygue. The only memorial he deserves is one that reminds the entire city that Tom McTygue was the FIRST-EVER Democrat to lose the Skidmore district's vote. How awfully embarassing.

McTygue didn't lose because of infighting within his party; he lost because he was an openly detestable human being. His own workers wouldn't have ditched him if he were a prince who just happened to be in Keehn's disfavor. Instead, he was an arrogant boss who managed to force the two most liberal and Democratic clubs at upstate New York's most liberal college to support his GOP opponent.

Tom Qualtere, the other Skidmore Republicans, and every Democrat and environmentalist at Skidmore saw through McTygue's smokescreens. And so did Saratoga. And our entire city is better off for it.

7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Val was the only Democratic Mayor to lose district 14 Jefferson Terrace Public Housing to a Republican millionaire.

Congratulations Val

7:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous,

Your words:

" His own workers wouldn't have ditched him if he were a prince who just happened to be in Keehn's disfavor. Instead, he was an arrogant boss"

It's going to be fun watching Skippy trying to keep all of those shiftless Italian and Black DPW workers busy and honest.

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Skip won't have to watch those incompetant people McTygue brought in just so he could force their vote. He will have Pat Design there with his foot up Tony Fisher's ass to make sure they do their job! If they don't produce then Fisher and those other McTygue losers will be history.

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the thing about mctygue is he went out the way he should have. skip giving him a little bit of a tip of the cap, was just class on skips part. the guy was caught red handed driving the getaway car for johnny wine's attempt at stealing a campaign sign. "I DIDN'T TOUCH THAT SIGN" no class, no dignity, no mass. (i don't speak spanish but i believe roberto duran was right)

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well i guess scott was able to influence the vote with his bullshit donation at the terrace after all.

6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dem roc said:
shoot in the mouth are you serious. "shiftless blacks and italians". your ignorance speaks volumes.
boyd should've been the good democrat and stepped down. i don't think the people who voted for him would've voted for keehn if he had stepped down a day before the election, but it would've been a different story if after the primary he actually listened to the people in the democratic party and showed that the party was more important by throwing his support behind her. instead, he and sharon went around demanding that all those people were wrong to vote for someone else. take for example sharons lecturing of skidmore students for supporting anyone but boyd. a golden rule in politics is that you don't demand people to vote for you.

6:51 PM  
Blogger Horatio Alger said...

Jesus, you people are STILL on the election? Wasn’t that almost a year ago? But seriously, after a solid week of not thinking, writing, talking or anything otherwise related to the two deposed Spa City politicians, I suppose it’s time to at least acknowledge these folks again.

“If they don't produce then Fisher and those other McTygue losers will be history.”

Wrong-o, dude. Public Works employees are unionized. Aside from smoking crack on the clock with a runaway teen hooker from Schenectady while vandalizing the Spirit of Life statue, I can’t think of much those guys can do to get fired. And if they do, they can always “appeal” to the union. Just ask Al Madarassy.

“McTygue didn't lose because of infighting within his party; he lost because he was an openly detestable human being.”

McTygue lost because he caught John Kerry Syndrome. When the mud started slinging, he didn’t sling back until it was too late. Frankly, I’m surprised he didn’t bring up Scirocco’s time cards the minute Madarassy surfaced. I mean, common. The guy was censured by a grand jury and it never once came up during the campaign.

Instead, silly McTygue is sending out flyers about is accomplishments, instead of ads bashing his opponent’s quite public shortcomings. Oddly enough, I seem to recall it was either Shawn Thompson or Lew Benton that first brought up that flap in 2002. In retrospect, he probably would have lost anyway, thanks to the beating he took at the hands of the Saratogian and Metroland.

“The guy was caught red handed driving the getaway car for Johnny Wine's attempt at stealing a campaign sign.”

Give me a break. I really don’t see what the big deal is about the signs. The thievery happens in every town, in every city in every county. Each time, the windbag politicians call up the cops, who then waste my tax dollars writing out a report about a sign that will end up in the landfill within three days of the election.

Frankly, one of my guilty pleasures is getting hammered and kicking or defiling every election sign I see. They’re eyesores and should be banned by the city, in my opinion; especially the ones that stayed up from fucking August through the election; no Keehns mentioned. In fact, I believe I’ve got my first slogan for office: Vote Horatio 2009. He’ll pour gasoline on his opponent’s signs and light it on fire with a blowtorch. Pyrotechnics always attract the vote.

dem roc:

Unfortunately, the time for consensus was after the 2005 election. The last-ditch chance for the Dems was the 2007 nomination. They could have talked it out, maybe even reasoned it out. But there was too much vitriol between the Keehn schism and the rest of the party. As I’ve opined before, Keehn could have played the primary clean instead of attacking Boyd. She could have humbly won the nomination instead of taking it as a Democratic mandate.

In the end, it might not have won her the election, but it surely would have drawn her closer to the finish line. I talked to one voter, a registered Democrat of more than two decades, who for the first time in any election voted for a Republican. Twenty years, all Democrats except one: Keehn. That about sums up why she lost.

11:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dem roc said:
firstly the reason tmac didn't bring up the time cards is simple. he would've got hammered for it. the grand jury looked at the time cards and found no wrong doing. no charges were brought against him and the grand jury even went as far as to say that the charges were politically motivated. secondly, more important then the criminal aspect of stealing signs, is getting caught. simply embarrassing. especially after lying about it.
and the keehn issue. i don't live or die by it.
and again you're wrong about mctygues flyers. he did plenty of slinging the mud. in one he tells people not to vote for skip because of family connections in the conservative party. "skips going to take away a womans right to choose, because someone in his family once was a member of the conservative party." bit of a stretch.
and while we're on the topic of crossover votes, there were obviously a lot of those in the DPW race.
sums up why he not only lost, but crushed.
and it's also absurd to suggest she was the problem with boyd when he should have never been there to begin boyd no schism. mctygue didn't like her, got boyd to run, when the voters decided who was their candidate. he still refused. so i beg to differ on the source of this schism. it was obviously a small minority of the party.

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Horatio Alger said...

Jesus, you people are STILL on the election?

Many would take offense that you have taken the "lords" name in vain. Personally, I don't give a shit. I like all words and I like to have the ability to use all words. I am also one on those old white guys that love the disgusting lyrics in black rap music.

However, if I ever write something that offends you, please by all means feel free to use your index finger to delete it. It would not be the first time that I have been asked to shut up and leave. I have fairly thick skin.

The free flow of words, such as this site provide, is what I find so much fun and captivating. I had forgotten about the joy of writing.

This maybe one of those factors that drive the last nail into the casket of rags such as the Scuzzytogain.

1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

perhaps you should live in a country were you don't have to worry about election signs. there are plenty of countries that don't have elections at all.

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frank Scirocco said he felt bad, because he wasn't a democrat, and they were still giving him high 5's. it was guilt on his part. not because he knew she would loose.

3:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Franck Scirocco felt bad because he knew that the secret double double cross was in effect. For those who aren't familiar, it’s equivalent to the black spot or the kiss of death. Keehn and her backstabbing "loyalists" had set up the initial “disloyal” doublecross and Frank understood that there was nothing he could do. She was gone.

5:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Val's campaign blog brags about her performing many, many WEDDING CEREMONIES in her position as mayor.

I know it is customary to reward such an act--whether done by a mayor, priest, jusge -- with a fiancial honorarium. $50; $100, whatever, usually in cash.


Can The People's Mayor account for these gifts? Are there "money in" records in the city legders? Or does she consider them to be personal income? Does she report it on her tax returns?

Just curious

7:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well benny hill once said if you assume you make an ass out of you and me, but this case you just made one of yourself. i has actually talked to frank about that's what he said. so call him up and argue with him, but don't assume

6:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Valerie Keehn is now endorsing the piece of human trash James Montagnino, Jame A. Montagnino or aka Jim Montagnino then she should be banished from all public positions.
I do not know her from a hole in the wall but I do know that piece of sh*t Montagnino. If the people of Saratoga elect him then you should all be fed fermented grapefruit rinds.

9:44 PM  

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