...AND FULL OF TERRORS
How many times have you been asked to explain the Troy political scene to an outsider. Neither have we. But, we'll try.
For those of you new to Troy, or the Troy Polloi, the political landscape is as difficult to navigate as a Lockheed Electra 10E over the Pacific Ocean in the middle of the night with a boozed-up navigator. Many have tried. Some turned back. Some were never heard from again. So, as a public service, we are offering this handy-dandy guide.
House Sigil: White Trough on Magenta Field
House Words: "November is Coming."
House Colors: Ashen Grey
Headed-up by Tom "King" Wade, the Democratic County Chair. Don't mistake the squeaky voice and curly hair for a lovable teddy bear. Wade plays hard and can rule with an iron fist. Probably the most successful Democratic Chair in some time, he can raise the hackles of some. Does not forget a slight, real or perceived. Rewards loyalty. Came to power by challenging former Chair Lynn Mahoney. They shared the chair for a few years, which was as successful as Soviet power sharing. Faced a revolt a few years back by Wiltshire, Rabbit and North Greenbush. Brushed them back easily. Former Democratic Board of Election Commissioner. Chose Patrick Madden as the mayoral candidate. Many believe he shepherded Ernest Everett into primary to siphon votes from Wiltshire.
Madden, Patrick - Endorsed for mayor by the Democratic Committee, which means hand-picked by Wade.
Jimino, Kathy - Wade has given-up on running a candidate against GOP County Executive Kathy Jimino
Wiltshire, Rodney - Not liked by Wade, considered an upstart who hasn't made his bones.
House Sigil: White Elephant on a White Field
House Words: "Taxes are Coming."
House Colors: Translucent
Led by long-standing Republican County Executive, Kathy Jimino. As much as a GOP County boss as anyone, but has rivals that are equally influential. Not enamored of the Troy Republican Party. Mary Donohue Lite. Called The Mother of Dragons by no one.
Madden, Patrick - Her brother
Gordon, Jim - Her employee
House Sigil: Yawning Man on Red Field
House Words: "My Campaign is Coming."
House Colors: Rehab Green
Helmed by Patrick Madden, Endorsed by the Democratic Committee, winner of the Democratic primary by 50 votes, CEO of TRIP and a political newcomer. This outsider was the third Democrat to enter the primary contest. Despite backing of Wade, appears to rely on former Mayor Mark Pattison and operative Mark Streb. Nickname: Pat.
Jimino, Kathy - His sister
House Sigil: All-Seeing Eye on black and blue field
House Words: "The Police are Coming."
House Colors: Paste
One-term councilman. GOP endorsed candidate for mayor. Also has the Conservative, Independent and Green Party lines. Currently, represents District 1 on the Troy City Council. Rensselaer County Stop DWI Coordinator, appointed by Jimino. Got the nomination even though Carmella Mantello is better known and a better vote-getter.
Jimino, Kathy - Hired him
Crist, Rich - Influential in getting Gordon Independent and Conservative lines
House Sigil: Silhouette Walking on Water
House Words: "My Presence Wouldn't Make a Difference."
House Colors: Graple
Current City Council President, business owner and the Working Families Party candidate for mayor. Received nomination because he works and has a family. Lost a Democratic Primary by razor-thin margin. Engineered a great ground game. Considered anti-establishment and a foe of House Wade. Would-be Kingslayer. Many think he's a better self-promoter than public servant. Others see him as changing politics in Troy. Cozied up to Rich Crist two years ago to secure the Independence line and the City Council Presidency.
House Sidgel: Vertical Black Bars on White Field
House Words: "My Lawyer is Coming."
House Colors: Orange
Thirty-Two year old pharmaceutical salesman. Begin his mayoral bid in 2014. His Quixotic quest ended on September 10, when he placed third in the voting. Later, charged with forgery and filing a false instrument for allegedly witnessing nominating signatures he didn't witness. Many think Boss Wade encouraged Everett to run in order to split the Wiltshire anti-establishment vote.
House Sigil: Dollar Sign on Maroon Field
House Words: "Thank God Abelove Won."
Minor but influential House led by Rich Crist. Ostensibly a employee of Rensselaer County Legislature but really the go-to-guy if you want the Independent Line or Conservative Line. Influence diminished compared to a few years ago but many Republicans still have their Crist knee pads. Accused of sexual harassment by County employee Colleen Regan. Charges dumped by Division of Human Rights because all but two incidents occurred outside the statutory time period and because Crist was not her supervisor. Charged with endangering a minor and harassment. Charges dropped by District Attorney Joel Abelove. Nickname: "Middle Finger."
Abelove, Joel - Owes Crist for Conservative, Independence Party Lines, dropped charges against Crist rather than recusing himself. Failed to seek special prosecutor for GOP Legislative Leader Martin Reid, another Crist colleague.
Wiltshire, Rodney - Helped Rodney get Independence Line which led to Wiltshire getting City Council Presidency
Crist, Craig - Brother, lawyer with Dreyer, Boyajian firm that represented Crist, partner Boyajian was owner of the King Street property that was demolished, causing a hyperbolic non-scandal.
House Sigil: Shaved Scrotum on Brown Field
House Words: "Charges Dropped."
Recently minted District Attorney. Won by slim margin in possibly the best Republican year in a decade. Stumbled early by not referring the Crist charges to another District Attorney. Stumbled again by not requesting special prosecutor for Martin Reid case. Stumbled yesterday going up courthouse steps. Announced Rensselaer County a Sanctuary County for Republicans. Disliked by best friend. Nickname: Joel Abelove.
House Sigil: Absentee Ballot on a Black Field
House Words: "Not Again."
Once a major house, this minor house is led by Democratic Elections Commissioner Ed McDonough Jr. Son of Ed McDonough, former party boss that wound up in prison for something he did before we paid attention to this shit. McDonough was at the center of the voter fraud prosecution a few years back. First jury was hung (and we mean hung). Acquitted at second trial. Accused of ignoring dodgy Everett nominating petitions. Supports, but dislikes, Wade.
House Sigil: Slack Jaw on Purple Field
House Words: "What's a Sigil."
Once a major house now lies in ruins. Led by former councilman and two-term mayor Harry Tutunjian. Won two terms by comfortable margins, the first on the heels of a ill-conceived Democratic scheme to repeal term limits. Often considered, even by himself, a weak-willed leader and puppet of Bob Mirch or Dan Crawley or Dave Mitchell. Lost support during second term after bullying, incompetence and ethics problems became harder to hide. After his reign ended, appointed to County Legislature. Lost his seat at next election. Ran a second time and lost. Gordon supporter and advisor. Nickname: The Imp.
House Sigil: Desperate Woman on Orange Field
House Words: "God Dammit, Just Vote for Me. Please!"
This minor house is led by perennial candidate Carmella Mantello. Currently, running for an At-Large seat. Lost city-wide council race in 2013. Lost mayoral race in 2011. Lost mayoral race years ago to Mark Pattison. Lost her car keys in 2002, 2005 and 2007. Headed-up Canal Corp. for Governor Pataki in-between losses. The electoral version of Single White Female. If she loses this race voters will apply for temporary restraining order. Secretly rooting for Gordon to lose so she can run for top spot in 4 years.