Before I forget: please attend the Rochester Republican Caucus, today, Monday, August 12, 6:30 PM at the Accord Firehouse.
This caucus will mark about four years of having Captain David O’Halloran at the helm of the local Republican Party. If you ask me “is the Party better off than it was four years ago?” I would ask right back “What Party?” The Town of Rochester Republican Party was destroyed, courtesy of David O’Halloran and Terry Bernardo.
Even before he took over the town’s Republican Committee, O’Halloran fancied himself as the strongman of the Republican Party. One incident stayed with me since 2005, when O’Halloran forced Carl Chipman to end his run for a seat on the Town Board, openly threatening him: “If you want a political future in this town, stop running this year, do not challenge Tom Ryan.”
After O’Halloran took over the town’s Republican Committee, all he did was to kiss Bernardos’ collective ass, hoping to profit from their close relationship with Senator John J. Bonacic, the Chairman of the Senate Racing Committee, Wagering and Gaming. At the end of four years of being in cahoots with the Bernardos, O’Halloran had an induced epiphany, and these are his own words:
“Len & Terry are despicable people without convictions, ethics or any sense of integrity. My shame, I allowed their reign to grow because personal pride: having previously invested vast political capital in Len, I was too concerned of my political status.”
In a fluff article in this Sunday’s Daily Freeman, Paula Ann Mitchell (of Bernardo-on-the-trapeze fame) quotes O’Halloran:
O’Halloran also is active in local politics, heading the Republican Committee in the town of Rochester and serving on the Rondout Valley Board of Education. He resigned from the Ulster County Industrial Development Agency board this spring and recently stepped down as the vice chairman of the Ulster County Republican Committee.
“I’d much rather deal with the sharks in the water than the sharks in Ulster County politics,” he said.
Really David? Sharks in Ulster County politics? And you are not one of them? You recognize yourself more in the picture below? Have it your way!
Back to the caucus, I think it offers a perfect opportunity for O’Halloran to do the right thing. David, I’m asking you to resign from the Rochester Republican Committee. Enough is enough. If you need a refreshing course in why-you-should-resign, here are the first chapters:
– Jon Dogar-Marinesco