Several primaries show some discord in GOP paradise
Might there be trouble in Orleans County’s G.O.P. paradise? What could he be referring to, you might ask. After all, way more than 90% of countywide offices have been held by the folks with pachyderms beside their names for the past thirty years!
Nonetheless, fault lines have emerged within G.O.P. ranks. The mere idea that the Grand Old Party’s choices for town supervisor will be determined by September 12th primary elections in at least four Orleans towns is shaking parts of the G.O.P. establishment. The nerve of some people! Normally, when the choice is between an occasional “jackass” and someone designated by an elephant, it is an easy call for many supporters of the G.O.P.
It seems that no matter how many Orleans County assets they gave away, or put at greater risk, stalwart G.O.P. legislators—especially Callard, Johnson, and Eick—were shielded by the pachyderm and re-elected. Of course, the former Chairman is no longer there, having resigned under “mysterious” circumstances.
When a person with an office attempts to behave responsibly in Orleans, he, or she, risks being shown the door by the G.O.P establishment. The former G.O.P Elections Commissioner can no doubt attest to that. Hopefully, she will satisfy the establishment’s lust for payback for awhile.
Then there is that impossible to control Sheriff. The G.O.P. establishment had to swallow hard on that one. Though he is willing to work with anyone whose intentions are positive, what good is a Sheriff to the establishment if he won’t play ball with the Party hierarchy?
On top of everything else, there is the fact that the G.O.P. faithful are in the unenviable position of having to explain the actions of a President with precious little understanding of his office and even less comprehension of the United States Constitution.
There does, indeed, appear to be trouble in paradise.