DISCLAIMER: If you spill your coffee and ruin the keyboard after reading the first line of Terence P. Ward’s article in Shawangunk Journal, you are on your own.
- “David O’Halloran expressed his displeasure with the local political system…”
You’re kidding, right? David O’Halloran is the local political system. Sure, there is a Republican Committee in town, but – in the last four years – the only member not voting in lockstep was Manuela Michailescu.
In 2011, at the end of a meeting where legislative candidates were interviewed for endorsement, David O’Halloran asked the Committee members “You trust me, don’t you? You wouldn’t mind if I call you on the phone to take your vote, would you?” As the O’Halloran-Bernardo alliance was in full bloom, David did not want the vote taken in front of Manuela.
Nowadays, the alliance looks a bit withered. Resigning his vice-chairmanship of the Ulster County GOP, O’Halloran wrote in an email sent to GOP County Chairman Rascoe:
- “I will not be influenced or led by political leaders outside of Ulster County nor minority party leaders within Ulster County…”
Isn’t that commendable? Wait! Two days later O’Halloran told Freeman that he…
- “…stepped down because he had been told that several members of the Legislature, including Chairwoman Terry Bernardo, said they would abstain from voting on the VLT issue to avoid any appearance of impropriety.”
O’Halloran was pushing for Video Lottery Terminals on behalf of his own business. Terry abstained from the VLT vote on advice from counsel:
- “Bernardo and O’Halloran were too interrelated for her to vote without running afoul of the county ethics code.”
I apologize, I should have warned you about the use of the words Bernardo, O’Halloran and ethics in the same sentence.
- “Can I buy you a cup of coffee or tea at the Ranch this morning? Like to discuss a strategy to show our support for each other.“
Despite the fact that the above text message from O’Halloran didn’t sit well with Bernardo…
- “…she continues to be supportive of VLTs in Rochester, but since O’Halloran is the GOP chairman there, that remains an impediment to her public support… O’Halloran’s resignation from that post, Bernardo said, would make her support possible…
O’Halloran said that he isn’t convinced Bernardo is the best choice for Rochester any longer.”
I can’t wait to see who screws whom. Not that it makes a difference – either way the Town of Rochester is going to be screwed.
– Jon Dogar-Marinesco