Friday, September 19, 2008

A Fake Candidate? A Sacrificial Lamb?

Where oh where is Kevin McDonald, alleged Republican candidate for the 116th Assembly District against RoAnn Destito?

Directed by a mutual acquaintance, about six weeks ago an up-and-coming young leader in the local Republican establishment contacted me by e-mail for information . . . . .
> I am hoping that you would be willing to share some literature and
> knowledge with us, sort of a crash-course, on MVWA issues, both past and
> present, so that we can develop positions and so Kevin can speak
> articulately on this very important issue.
I was happy to spend several hours writing a response, not because I support this candidate, but because someone actually sought my opinion (!) and I would like to see more candidates discussing the issues in depth.

I sent my piece . . . but got no response. . . . I contacted the mutual acquaintance who made sure that my information was received . . . but still no "thank you," no response of any kind ever came.

What gives?

This is one puzzle piece. Another was this candidate's failure to appear on WIBX a few weeks ago when he was supposed to. Another is the total lack of any meaningful information on this candidate's website.

Is Kevin McDonald for real, or is he a "fake" candidate? Or does he think he is a candidate, but his party has made him a "sacrificial lamb?" Has a "deal" been cooked where the local Republican leadership pretends to "do their duty" by fielding a candidate, but really have no intention of supporting him?

We've seen this tactic before . . . like last fall when Mr. Longeretta was the alleged Republican DA candidate ... but you never saw his signs paired with Picente signs. The Democrats play this game too . . . like when they nominated Mr. Koziol for County Exec., and then one of their own leadership gave him a primary.

It seems that we have just one big happy party in Oneida County . . . composed of both Republican and Democrat elites who share the spoils for themselves . . . while leaving the electorate with no real choices.

Maybe that explains why this area looks more and more like the old Soviet Union . . . everything "centrally planned" . . . and deteriorating.


Greens and Beans said...

Good point. “To hunger for use and to go unused is the worst hunger of all.” (36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson) Something must have changed between the time of his request and your reply.

In keeping with President Johnson’s “Great Society” venue, two of the main goals of the Great Society social reforms were the elimination of poverty and of racial injustice. However, one of the unfortunate unintended consequences of this program is that a hungry person will have the fire in their belly to fight for what they need to eat to survive. Abraham Maslow’s “hierarchy of needs” suggests that, once one’s needs are met, man raises the bar in terms of defining his future needs.

Some Politics in this area is indeed dirty. The sad fact of the matter may be perhaps the challenging candidate’s needs have been met and now his political hunger has been fed. His political fire (real or bogus) must have been extinguished rendering the information asked of you irrelevant. The dichotomy of political philosophy in terms of this area’s political parties are not black or white, but rather gray. This was ever so evident with the dedication ceremony held at Griffiss earlier this week.

Is it bipartisanship or collusion? That is the question.

Anonymous said...

Y'know - I don't always agree with everything you write, but this is all too accurate. I think it's readily apparent that there is a strong relationship between Picente and Roann - Romans first, as always.

The official paties here are a joke. Every candidate raises their own money without the help of the "party" - rendering them powerless. Unless both county parties grow some b*lls, and get party chairs with brains (esp. the Republicans!) the individual politicians will carry out their own individual agendas. Like the "Rome First Regionalization" we've been seeing.