Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Now, for the much awaited Troy Polloi endorsements.* Yes, many have requested our support but few are chosen. We sat down for an extensive, in-depth interview with each candidate, followed by a complete physical and credit check. Every candidate for each office brings their own limitations and weaknesses. Their own set of skills that need to be honed. So, if we don't endorse you, please don't take it personally. You are all special, unique snow flakes.
We applaud all those who are running, be they Democrat, Republican, WFP or Green. Sincerely, it takes a lot to put yourself out there for the acceptance or rejection of your fellow citizen. A loss stings, even when it is expected. The head might say one thing but the heart always holds out hope for a miracle. If you do lose, remember, the voters will still want to be friends. Just give them some space.
DISTRICT 1 - ?
Ryan (D) or Gulli (R)? No endorsement. It has almost been impossible to find out anything about these two candidates.
DISTRICT 2 - STAY HOME
Robertson (D) or McGrath (R)? A hyperbolic jackass V. a simple jackass. We go with a write-in candidate. Any write-in candidate. Vote for Shaggy or Daphne.
DISTRICT 3 - STEELE
Bodnar (R) against Steele (D). We go with Sue Steele. She's a hard worker who will represent the district well.
DISTRICT 4 - THOMAS
Doherty (D) faces off against Navarra (R) and Colin Thomas (G). We endorse Colin Thomas, the Green Party candidate, because, why the hell not. Lets give him a shot. We also like his campaign photograph with that over-the-shoulder ingénue look. Quite fetching.
DISTRICT 5 - KOPKA
Kopka (D) v Casey (R) v Bissember (WFP). Kopka. No question. She's smart, actually reads the Charter and knows what questions to ask.
DISTRICT 6 - ?
Donohue (R) v. D'Arcy (D). No endorsement. Neither of these guys looks like an asshole so...whatever.
Nine candidates, what to do, what to do.
CARY DRESHER (D) - He can be a real star.
ERIN SULLIVAN-TETA (D) - Has earned another term.
ANASHA CUMMINGS (WFP) - We like the big fella. Could be a breath of fresh air. Or...
PEGGY KOWNACK (WFP) - She has actually accomplished things, such as the revitalization a little league. That's a lot more than some of the candidates have done. We can't make up our minds between Kownack and Cummings. Neither will win so it doesn't matter.
MADDEN -D No surprise here. Madden has run a positive campaign focusing on his executive experience. Clearly a better choice than Republican Gordon (who just won't promise us a job). According to his detractors, Madden is either a pawn of the Democrat "bosses" or a secret Republican, infiltrating the opposition party. We liked him because he wasn't salivating over the prospect of being mayor.
If Madden doesn't take the prize, we hope it's Wiltshire. Wiltshire's bold move is hard not to admire. He's turned a blowout into what we think will be a close-run contest. This is the first time since Pattison v. Jimino that we don't have a clear idea of who is favored to win. Dull, it ain't. For a blog, that's all you can ask.
No position. This will probably pass if people remember where to find it. The only part of the changes we are unsure of is the Council President changes. Seems clunky and unnecessary. Also, the Council President will have to give up the seat if they want to run for mayor. Lacks drama. A typical Troy thing to do. We do like changing the name to Magna Troy Carta
* The Troy Polloi endorsement has been scientifically proven to be worth an additional +3.7%