Beltway Dems Found Another Republican To Recruit-- This Time In New York
New York Democrats are counting on Hillary to turn out the voters in 2016. NY-21-- the North Country-- has an even PVI, although Obama beat McCain 52-47% and then beat Romney 52-46%. When Obama appointed John McHugh, the incumbent Republican, Secretary of the Army in 2009, the Republicans nominated a well-known moderate Assemblywoman, Dede Scozzafava; the Democrats nominated a barely known Republican-lite New Dem, Bill Owens; and the Conservative Party nominated a teabagger, Doug Hoffman. A few days before the election, Scozzafava, who had been brutally attacked by Sarah Palin and her crazed far right allies, withdrew and endorsed Owens, who beat Hoffman 48-46%. In 2010 the NRCC targeted Owens and put up a wealthy Wall Street bankster, Matt Doheny. Owens won, again 48-46%. And in 2012 the Owens-Doheny rematch gave Owens a 50-48% win. Owens announced he wouldn't run again in 2014 and the Democrats nominated a very weak candidate, Aaron Woolf, who was thrashed by Republican newcomer Elise Stefanik, 55.2% to 33.5%.
Now the DCCC would like to win back the seat and they've been trying to recruit another Republican opportunist-- their specialty-- William Derrick, a retired Army colonel. Derrick has nothing to do with the Democratic Party or the values and principles of Democratic voters. From 1980 to 2004 he was a registered Republican, and then he became politically inactive. In 2006 he registered as an independent (unaffiliated) in Colorado and soon switched back to the GOP. Last month he moved back to New York and reregistered... as a Democrat.
Democrats don't have enough of their own garbage candidates that their corrupt Beltway committees have to hunt for Republican garbage to run? Just what we need-- another opportunist like Patrick Murphy! What makes the DCCC and DSCC recruit candidates like Owens, Derrick and Murphy? They seem to always favor candidates based on their Republican-ness-- Are power-mongers like Chuck Schumer, Jon Tester, Steve Israel, Rahm Emanuel and Chris Van Hollen self-loathing Democrats? Wall Street whores? A little of each? Did the Cro-Magnons recruit the Neanderthals? Did the Romans recruit the Vandals? Did the British recruit the Mau Maus? When did it start to be a good idea that you pretend to be your opponent? They are killing off any motivation for anyone to vote Democratic. They act as though a party is a social club, like the freakin’ Kiwanis. Or a business venture for a pack of career-obsessed egomaniacs. No Republican-lite candidates on this page-- not ever.