Last week’s primary results indicate that at least five of 23 incumbent Ulster County legislators won’t be back come next year, maybe more. It’s an unusually high turnover.
As the populations of Ulster County towns go, Marbletown, with 5,607 souls, is a bit on the low side of the gauge. But for a few days last week it was the epicenter of county politics
Due to the filing of an Opportunity to Ballot by Michael Wendel, seeking a line on the ballot to challenge County Comptroller Elliott Auerbach, a Democrat, there will be a primary election in every election district in Ulster County on Tuesday, September 12. Wendell is seeking the Reform Party line. There are 11 citizens registered in the Reform Party in Ulster County. There will be no names listed on the ballot. Still, every town will open its voting booths.
Faso is a smooth operator. This doesn’t necessarily mean slippery or evasive, as some critics contended, though he was that and more on occasion.
A day short of eight months in office, Rep. John Faso faced constituents in a rare local town hall-style appearance in Port Ewen last night.
Many of the about 500 attendees at last week’s meet-the-Democratic-congressional-candidates night at Kingston’s Old Dutch Church got their first look at the contenders who seek to oppose first-term Republican incumbent John Faso of Kinderhook.
Prediction: Half of the eight Democratic candidates will drop out by the end of the year.
It’s probably not a good thing when a freshman congressman gets huge headlines after announcing his first town hall meeting with his constituents eight months into his term.
I won’t get into the back-and-forth between Hein and Cahill over who did more (or less) to bring the feuding parties to the bargaining table. To paraphrase LBJ, they were both pissing into the tent, with the public ultimately getting soaked.
An incident at a local gym was revealing of this political moment. Confronting a man who declined to vacate a piece of equipment he wasn’t using, a woman said: “You must be one of those people who voted for Trump.” Game on.