Dems welcome Myer, the latest GOP defector

July 11, 2013 05:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pot holes may not, as the old Saugerties political adage goes, be Democrat or Republican, but the office of highway superintendent is. The July 9 Democratic Caucus witnessed the latest chapter in what’s been the most interesting nomination battle of the year, with incumbent Doug Myer once again facing Ray Mayone. Myer lost the GOP nod to Mayone last month. Myer and supporters said the Republicans had attempted to influence Myer’s hiring decisions, and snubbed him when he didn’t comply. Myer said he’d filed the paperwork to leave the GOP, “something I should have done a long time ago.” Democrats have embraced past defectors Greg Helsmoortel, Leeanne Thornton and Fred Costello, who also alluded to attempts by the GOP head honchos to influence their votes, and decided to grant Myer asylum too. He defeated Mayone, who spoke at the caucus as a Republican, 97-64.
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