For those who say I only pick on the WFP, there is a controversy over the Indy Party in Oneida County, and Liz writes about it.
It has to do with money spent out of the "Chairman's Club" account.....
For those who don't know these are accounts filled with money from pols who are currying the endorsement of a party...and the County Chair controls the spending.
One can make a case that all money in politics is evil, but frankly this is what comes down....Assemblymen, Senators, Congressmen, DA's, Judge's, you name it want to win elections and in NY's system of fusion voting, the third party cross-endorses have both political and monetary value.
While we don't do this in Jefferson County, most county's hold fundraisers where the political class shows up with checks and after due consideration of the issues and other less tangible factors, Wilson-Pakulas are handed out.
Any county chair can be made to look saint-like or corrupt depending on how the media or their opponents choose to characterize their activities. In short, in this kind of politics there is no right or wrong, only the perception of right or wrong.
In that world, a headline that includes the words "probe" and "launched" is sought after.
Such is likely the case in Utica, where the same pols calling for the probe are also ones who have been glad to write the checks.
MacKay: Oneida Indy Case ‘A Local Issue’