Daily Archives: October 19, 2011

A Political Race To Watch – Doorley v. Taylor DA (Update)

In Monroe County, New York.  Forgive me for being a bit parochial, but I do think this merits attention based on themes that are independently discussed around here.

It’s the race for Monroe County District Attorney, and it pits Republican-Conservative Bill Taylor against current first assistant and Democrat Sandra Doorley.

The Monroe County District Attorney’s office has been in Democrat hands now for…well, forever.  In fact, I think the last time a Democrat lost the race for Monroe County District Attorney was 1981.

Sandra Doorley, being the current first assistant, is like the incumbent.  You would think she would have the advantage here, but there’s a lot going on underneath, and good for Gary Craig at the local D&C for coming out with an article where he at least delves into those political nether regions in an oblique way.

It’s okay, Gary.  I’m writing on a blog and I’m in Canada.  I can afford to be more frank.

The political dynamic at work here is illustrative.

Republican candidate Bill Taylor amassed a healthy campaign war chest, raising $301,172, including a $100,000 contribution from the county GOP, according to the most recent campaign disclosure. Democrat Sandra Doorley raised $97,452.

So Taylor’s ahead 3 to 1 in fundraising.  A lot of bets are being made in his favor.  But he’s coming from the outside, right?  Doorley’s a “career prosecutor” who came up through the ranks in the same office and is now first assistant.  She is heir apparent.  Why should Taylor be favored to win by so many “speaking” with their wallets?

You don’t have to look too far or think too much if you’ve been paying attention around this blog:

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