Joe Donaldson, the City Democrat Chairman, is supporting Steve Noble for Mayor. This is no secret. He supports Noble because he hates Gallo. What is not known (according to several party insiders) is that Donaldson is trying to secretly fix the election for the party nomination.
How is he doing this? There are two things he is doing.
First, he has appointed his son and several people from Rosendale to the committee simply because they will be anti-Gallo. This is legal, but unethical. By law, one must only live in the Assembly district to be a committeeman. However, allowing non-Kingstonians to select the Democratic candidate for Kingston is simply wrong. He also has appointed those from Kingston to vacant spots who are decidedly anti-Gallo.
Second, and more egregiously, he has moved the committeemen around to garner more votes for Noble. Some political parties use a weighted voting system. The Democrats do. A committeeman who is assigned to a district that garnered more votes on the Democrat line for Governor gets a higher weighted vote. In other words, one committeeman's vote is worth more than another's vote.
In theory, one could get less than a majority of the 54 committeeman, but still win the nomination based solely on the weighted vote so long as the people who support that candidate are in the strongest Democrat voting districts.
I have been informed by several people in the Democrat committee that Chairman Donaldson has been moving the anti-Gallo committeemen into the districts with the larger weighted vote. It has been told to me that Chairman Donaldson's son is in the district with the largest weighted vote. Sound fair to you? If this is true, I consider it reprehensible.
Here's an idea. Stop the political backroom maneuvering and let the committeemen decide who they want to be their candidate. I wonder what the enrolled Democrats in the city who will vote in the likely primary would think of this political underhandedness. If Noble beats Gallo for the nomination in a fair fight, so be it. That's the process. But, to move the players around for the sole purpose of influencing the vote is just plain wrong.