Equally demonstrative of the Republican red-ness of GreeneLand are the results of the races for State Assembly seats. Two districts contain parts of
DEFECTIONS While those results show the scale of Republican proclivities in GreeneLand, relative to the State as a whole and even to neighboring counties, they also indicate that on November 7th, many GreeneLand voters who are registered as Republicans did not care for their party’s nominees. In terms of party registration, Republicans in GreeneLand out-number Democrats by a margin of almost two to one; and voters who are not registered with any party out-number registered Democrats. On the basis of those figures, it appears that the Democratic candidates scored well in GreeneLand.
By late evening last Tuesday it seemed likely that the party-political complexion of the
Mr Dudley’s grip on the District 4 seat could prove to be shaky, or abbreviated, for another reason. The
SHUFFLE AND SCUFFLE?
LEGISLATIVE POWER Among inside dopesters, special significance may be ascribed to the fact that among candidates for the four Catskill seats in the county legislature, the top vote-getter was Mr Valentine. His support (2051 votes on Election Day), surpassed those of his longer-serving Republican colleagues, Ms Prest (1984 votes) and Ms Deyo (1753 votes). This could make Mr Valentine eligible for consideration for promotion to Majority Leader (Ms Prest at present) or even Chairman of the legislature. The presumptive candidate for the latter job, however, still is Bill Lawrence. He makes a strong claim on the basis of rapport with colleagues and length of service.
CATSKILL GOVERNANCE. If Mr Cotten’s election to the county legislature is confirmed by the counting of paper ballots, he will likely resign from the
OF PRESIDENTIAL PROSPECTS The visit here of Gen. Wesley Clark, in support of Ms Gillibrand’s Congressional campaign, was accompanied by whispers to the effect that he is the man who will be Senator Clinton’s first choice for running mate “when” she makes a run for the Presidency in 2008. Other locals who observed him in action voiced to Seeing Greene the opinion that the vice-presidency would not be good enough for General Clark.
THAT WOMAN Although Senator Clinton carried GreeneLand by a comfortable majority of votes, she evidently is still regarded by some locals with special animosity. That attitude was signaled by the abnormally high rate of vandalism aimed at pro-Clinton campaign signs. Some day, perhaps, we will learn what events, or what passages from what books or speeches, show that Hillary is a diabolical force.
GILLIBRAND’S NEW CHALLENGE
Having achieved a stunning victory, can Representative-elect Gillibrand hold on?
It will be a daunting task. Working to her disadvantage in 2008 as compared with 2006 will be at least two forces: the presence of a well-credentialed, ethically untainted post-Sweeney opponent, who is determined, along with the captains of his party, to retrieve what they regard as (thanks to history and gerrymandering) as Republican property; and the absence, from the top of the Republican ticket, of George W. Bush.
On the other hand, Ms Gillibrand begins her Congressional career with substantially more than the average freshman’s assets. As TimesUnionist Tim O’Brien points out (11/9), she is more than superficially connected to both
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