Another commenter nailed it: Is Lovely ready for prime time? The answer is "No". Forget about race! The obsession with skin color in this community, and nationally for that matter, is sickening. Who is the most qualified candidate? I think the answer is obvious.
mabarry... How do you know who is a part of their campaign? And anyways, what exactly is wrong with the fact that the people who have worked closely with the mayor for years, watching him rebuild this city and help it avert financial DISASTER, are supportive & want him to stay around? I'd be willing to bet big money that Gary/Molly/whoever would work just as hard to get elected whether they had a job to lose or not.
Everything is not a damned conspiriacy theory. Geesh!
Clint, I COMPLETELY disagree with you. Race-baiting is, in my opinion, one of the lowest forms of discourse - and certainly political strategy. Dispicable. What matters is not that Lovely is black or Tom is white. It's that she will very likely undo all of the hard-fought gains that the mayor has won for our community. Seriously. You think she's ready for prime time? A capable, intelligent, ambitious woman - absolutely! A well-seasoned manager, surrounded by an experienced team? Nope.
I urge you to look more closely at this contest. Race has absolutely nothing to do with it.
What is interesting is that the design of the APPR scoring was to distribute the ratings on a bell curve. I may not be a math person but I do not think 91 percent should be above the median (effective and highly effective). Also the highly effective should have been less than 10%. Something is not right here, and I know a teach in the developing group, her school made a lot of changes to scores and moved teachers up. She teaches Art and no review was done for them.
That's sort of correct, but applies only to gubernatorial elections. So in the next gubernatorial election, which is in 2014, the Independence Party needs to receive at least 50,000 votes on its line, for its candidate, in order to keep its official recognition by the state. And the same can be said for any New York political party.
In other words, the number of votes the Independence Party receives in the mayoral election won't determine whether it stays on the ballot.
This might be a simple technical issue: The Independence Party needs to gain a certain percentage of votes to stay on the ballots for future elections.
Race, may play a big role but, also , some people want to keep their position inside Richards' administration and outside favors. This so called '' grassroots'' is nothing else but mere personal gain and have nothing to do with the interests of the citizens of Rochester. What is amazing, however, is Richards attitude in being unable to give straight answer about people acting on his behalf. It seems to me he is conflicted between his desire to do right and the evil push of his ''friends''. Every sensible person knows that an executive wont have any difficulty of ordering people acting on his/her own behalf to stop what they are doing. If there is a lesson to be learned from this, is Democratic party should reconsider the way betting their candidates. From now on, democrats should not accept a candidate who is supported by other parties. H. Barry
Clifford is Democratic Leader of the 28th Legislative District and should resign her leadership position for being exposed for not supporting the Party's nominee. She is free to support who she wishes but not as a Democratic Party Leader. To make matters worse, she doesn't even live in the 28th District. Shameful conduct and shame on Chairman Morelle for allowing this to happen free of consequence.
Saying this is all about race is ridiculous. You make it sound like Rochester has never had a black mayor before. One who was pretty overwhelmingly elected, if my memory serves me correct. And I know that City solidly endorsed him.
Clint, City will not be honest about this story. They are just as guilty as those you rightfully point to.
I want to apologize, in advance for the bluntess of my comments. First, there is no small amount of racial implications to all of this. If, for example, Elaine Spaull had won this primary, non of this silliness would be going on. Instead, because a black woman won, we go through this dance.
Second, the Mayor was out because of family responsibilities but, if he is annointed, he will not say he will not serve. As a democrat, this hypocrisy is sickening to me. It will take our party years to recover from this.
Third, Patty Mc Carthy is close to Joe Morelle, as is Fran Weisberg (sp?) so, it is apparent that he is also involved, because they both are. So, all in all, the big tent party has become a big tent when blacks suit their need, but, not when they may lead.
City, hopefully, will be honest about this story. This is about race...we need to stop this farce and rally behind the real democrat!
Rochester New York is a far cry from D.C. Just like common sense is a FAR cry from stupidity.
MJN: I love republicans who come to the light and become Democrats. We need more of them, especially in the County. I say, "Welcome!"
Larry Champoux - Richards never registered as a Democrat until he was picked by Duffy to be his successor. And Duffy was a life-long Republican until he cynically switched parties to run for mayor.
On the other hand Warren has always been a registered Democrat.
So if party labels are that important to you, then you should be backing Warren.
Really, Chris. If you think this is mortifying, you better toughen up. Halloween is just around the corner.
What's there to be mortified about? It's no secret that they both support Tom. The Independence Party Chair is the one who ought to be embarrassed.
You can be a good Democrat and vote for Tom Richards on the Independence line because Tom Richards is a good Democrat too, and you can be certain there are many Democrats who plan to do just that.
The "real" parents in Poughkeepsie wrote this: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1F604jt…
Clint - News flash !!!! Parker doesn't appoint her replacement. He (or she) will be elected by the Board of Directors of the RBA. And by my count that's over 50 business men and women. And these people are professionals, not Parker's stooges.
So while Duffy's no rocket scientist, his qualifications for the job are sufficient so that he doesn't need Parker's backing. And certainly not enough to pay a half million bucks for a house that he wouldn't have bought anyway.
But if as you state Duffy can't fully represent the RBA because of restrictions resulting from his service as Jr. Ass't Governor then why would he go after the job in the first place?
As to not using a realtor, so what? I sold my parents home several years ago without using one either.
Oh, by the way, your conspiracy angle with the Parker home sale only works if Duffy was paying well above market value (i.e. a bribe). But the story being circulated by another group of conspiracy nuts is that he UNDERpaid for it.
[UPDATED] Gary Walker, Molly Clifford and Ken Warner exposed for their covert efforts.
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