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A break from the party line

Don Rogers

Gallagher, once a Republican himself, is known to act independent of the party line.

Local Democratic Party officials say they are disappointed, of course, in the fellow they helped into office, by appointment and then in the last commissioners’ election. But theirs is the “big tent” party.

Unlike the local central Republican command, allegedly threatening one of their own with expulsion recently if she kept writing critical letters to the editor, the Dem leaders say they still embrace the wayward Gallagher even if he’s publicly backing the wrong horse.

The independent candidate, Laurie Bower, sounds amused. Independence from the party thing, the one-time local Democratic chairwoman ex-plains, is what her candidacy is all about.

Sandberg would have preferred Gallagher just keep his opinion to himself this time, and that’s understandable. At the same time, he’s campaigning against business as usual at the county board level.

Just as Gallagher professed while endorsing the fellow from the other party, Sandberg explains he’s running in the best interests of the constituents ahead of political concerns himself.

But even at the county level, breaking ranks with the party this publicly is a bit of an eyebrow-raiser. It can’t help but be so, even if the chairman of the Board of Commissioners is simply expressing a desire to continue working with the devil he knows.

At least no one can accuse the Democrats of running a well-oiled political machine. Will Rogers would have been proud.

Pillow talk

Of the two items that made for the water cooler fodder these past few days, the pillow talk newspaper ad carried some real sting.

Rick Cuny, who took out the advertisement that ran last Friday, went the meanspirited route in a continuation of a feud that has roots in his head-to-head battles with Peter Buckley while both served on the Town Council.

Fact is, despite the insinuation of the advertisement, Debbie and Peter are known to split their votes. A recent example was Debbie voting for putting the building use tax on the ballot while Peter voted against it. The matter passed to the voters’ hands in a 4-3 tiebreaker cast by the mayor. Had the Buckleys voted together, the outcome might have been different.

We disagree with the idea of husband and wife, or father and son, sitting on the same council. But there are classier ways to make the point than the one Cuny chose. If he aimed to generate a buzz, he succeeded. Allard or Strickland’s people ought to be knocking on his door. D.R,

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