Election season is fun. Just plain fun. Lots of news, lots of statements to critique, lots of dirty politics. Now, it's the refractory period. Dull stories about a crew of public officials that likely don't really have any more of an idea of governing than the average citizen. Sometimes less.
So, we don't know where we will go with this blog. We may:
1) Fold up until the next election;
2) Hit only news we think is important;
3) Post news items and allow the readers to comment and discuss.
Frankly, we are tempted to choose 2 and 3 if that's what you'd like.
But, right now we have such great news as:
In a shocker, Rensselaer County Republicans endorse State Senator Kathy Marchione for re-election. Marchione, representing the State's 43rd senate district, was at her hair stylist getting an estimate and could not be reached for comment.
Rensselaer County District attorney Joel Abelove moved to dismiss 1st degree rape charges against Andre McClenos. Mr. McClenos is not, is not, a Rensselaer County legislator.
Last week, the video depicting the shooting of Thaddias Faison was released. The video showed that our police officers acted appropriately, professionally and bravely. Again, no big surprise.
Finally, rumor has it that former Council President and mayoral candidate Rodney Wiltshire is eyeing a return to politics. No, not a run for County Legislature, but Troy's Third Council District, currently represented by term-limited Dean Bodnar. All of this would, of course, be a run-up to a another mayoral run.
We'd welcome the run by Wiltshire. If Madden does not run for re-election, we want to see a Wiltshire - Mantello race. God, we want to see that race.
Sorry guys. It's a depressing day when our next President may be Donald Trump (bombastic demagogue), Ted Cruz (despicable), Bernie Sanders (unapologetic socialist) or Clinton (hapless). Is that the best we can do? Both sides should be ashamed of what they have wrought.