The John Sweeny Award goes to...
Tom Connolly, Vice-Chair of the New York State Independence Party is doing it old school. Connolly, a fixture in Independence Party politics in Rensselaer County, was arrested for aggravated driving while intoxicated. Connolly's blood alcohol content was 0.18. Connolly couldn't quite make it to .20 but not bad for the 57-year old politico. No word on what Connolly was drinking. We guess a blended scotch, maybe a bourbon.
Said Connolly: "I hope the fact my car was unregistered makes up for the weak BAC." Connolly said he would try harder the next time.
Connolly's move is very '90's. No successful politician drinks and drives anymore. Prescription drugs are where its at.
The Independence Party line was crucial to District Attorney Joel Abelove's narrow victory over his Democratic opponent in 2014. No word yet if Abelove will recuse himself or actually prosecute his political benefactor. In addition to his vice-chairmanship, Connolly works for the New York State Senate.
This move is in direct violation of the Mantello Doctrine. According to the Mantello Doctrine:
In these challenging economic times, with so many families struggling to make ends meet, it is only right that public servants draw only one taxpayer funded paycheck," she said, noting that Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, suspended his U.S. Army pension while he is serving in Congress. "I call on my opponent to join with me and pledge to the people of Troy that double dipping will not be tolerated in City Hall."
Now, we could care less where Mantello works or how many taxpayer funded paychecks she receives. Double-Dipping (especially in mixed company) has never really bothered us. If someone is entitled to a pension and also has another public position, we could care less. However, we didn't create the Mantello Doctrine, we just report. You decide.
Mantello has also been double-dipping for the Troy City Council facebook page. In preparation for last weeks 'Arctic Chill', the City of Troy site posted some warnings and advice for taking care in frigid temperatures.
Mantello lifted the City's advice, word for word, for the Council facebook page.
There is nothing wrong with re-posting the Arctic Chill suggestions. This is disingenuous, however, making it look as if the advice comes from the Council and not City Hall. In and of itself, hardly momentous. It does show that Mantello is not above pilfering the work of others. Just saying. Remember, character counts.