It seems that people believe that Kingston will elect Democrats no matter who they are or what they have done. I say this because people seem to think they can move into the city or move into any ward they want and expect to be elected Alderman.
First, Nick Woerner moves from the Town of Ulster after being completely destroyed in his effort to be reelected Town Supervisor. He eventually moved into Ward 5 and decided to run for Alderman immediately. He lost badly. Now, he has announced his intention to run for Ward 4 Alderman and will be moving soon into that Ward, apparently on to Van Deusen Street, if he has not done so already.
Now comes Jeremy Blaber. He lived in Ward 7 for many years. Then, he moved to New York City. He returned and was living in Ward 2. He moved within the last few months to ward 5. Then, within the last 30 days, he announces residency on Brewster Street. Now, he announces he is running for Ward 9 Alderman.
A few questions remain. Does he have his own place or is he couch surfing? It is rumored that he is temporarily living with Mike Madsen. Is that true? I frankly do not know. The people of Ward 9 have a right to know though. Jeremy is seemingly the Jason West of Kingston.
Either way, as a lifelong city resident (except for 2 years out of law school), I am offended by this carpetbagger mentality. You cannot move from ward to ward and honestly expect to understand the issues that are important to the neighborhood. The position of Alderman is important. People have real problems that need addressing.
Woerner and Blaber simply want to hold public office anywhere they can. If they have to move and change loyalties, so be it. In Blaber's case, this is an attempt by him to gain office and then get even with Mayor Gallo. It is clear and obvious. In Woerner's case, it is an attempt to gain credibility so he can primary Gallo in 2015.
The real test will be the September primaries. Will Democrats block these 2 carpetbaggers? Or will they allowed themselves to be used once again? Then, should Democrats reward these two, what will the general population do in November? Will Kingston become the Island of Misfit Democrats?