On to November, with perhaps the clearest choice ever

After the countless rallies, debates, and commercials for 22 presidential candidates, after what seems like an eternity of primaries and caucuses, we are finally down to our final choices for President of the United States. Perhaps the one thing that they can agree on is that this is the clearest choice between the Democratic and Republican candidates in the last fifty years, or perhaps forever. Continue reading

Trumpkins, Pigeonistas, the Erie County Water Authority — the gangs that can’t shoot straight

Boy, this has been a fun and interesting week for politicos. Mostly in the same way that you cannot quite stop yourself from looking as you pass a car wreck.

All things Trump

Where to begin? How about the first session of the Republican National Convention on Monday?

The dust-up about Melania Trump’s speech and the plagiarism issue has encouraged dozens of memes on the internet. I enjoyed how the networks worked the plagiarized quotes into a split screen – sort of like one of the albums where they merge the vocals of current and former singers into a nice duet. Continue reading

With primaries just 8 weeks away, candidates start showing their hands — Small update

The third primary election in New York State in 2016 takes place on September 13th, just eight weeks from now. Petitions filings last week set the line-ups, and now financial disclosures show how serious the respective candidates may be.

July 11th was the cut-off date for information to be contained in the campaign financial reports that needed to be filed by July 15th. This post will be updated if additional information is filed with the State Board of Elections for the stragglers. Continue reading

Hillary and Steve — emails and judgment

My friend and mentor, Joe Crangle, taught me many things. Some were very specific to the campaign at hand, but other pieces of wisdom were basic life-guiding principles.

There was one lesson that I learned more than 40 years ago that has stayed with me all this time. It is very simple: “never write or say anything that you won’t mind seeing on the front page of tomorrow morning’s newspaper.” Continue reading

Pigeon’s indictment finally turns the page

I have known Steve Pigeon for more than 30 years. I have never considered him a friend.

Right from the get-go, when he worked as a night watchman at the Small Boat Harbor, he was always scheming and self-promoting. Those are not particularly unusual traits for someone seeking to make politics his profession, but as time went on he seemed to give scheming and self-promotion a bad name. Continue reading