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Some Food for Thought: Make the Change!

Attention All Independence Party Members
Caution: All Other Parties

Since the disgusting performance of the major political parties, the Republican and the Democratic, and the thuggery and bullying that went on during the so-called campaigns, which were nothing less than a neonazi display of mindlessness, we’ve been taking a serious look at the political party options in our Central New York region, and have come up with a real opportunity for voters who have had enough of being castrated and deprived of their voices in local and regional politics.

The Answer: the Independence Party.

We are making this statement based on our investigations of the Greene County New York Independence Party; we have serious reservations about the leadership of some of the surrounding counties, particularly Albany County, but Schoharie, Ulster, Columbia counties need some prodding to support each other. That’s a problem with their leadership (their committee chairs and executive committees) not with their membership. Independence party members, that is, the real people who register Independence Party are the salt of the earth. Real people, working hard to better their communities, and sick of the lies and stuffed shirts the major parties offer at each election.

True, there are some genuine people in the New York State Legislature, and one name pops up right away, Assemblyman Chris Teague, a Republican supported by the Independence Party, who is a genuine people  person. We’d like to hear from readers if there are any others like him. Just for kicks and giggles.

The Independence Party in Greene County, NY, has almost 2000 registered voters countywide, and that doesn’t count the non-Independence supporters from the other parties and those supporters not affiliated with any political party! The Greene County Independence Party has voter power big-time as well as being attractive to those Americans who want to put the “I” back in INDEPENDENCE, and leave those others who live in dependence on the failures of the Republican and Democratic Parties and those parties riding on their coattails, like the Conservatives and other useless fluff on the political scene.

Greene County’s Independence Party family is an active and outgoing group, who reach out to those neighbors looking for truth and integrity in politics, community organizations, everyone without exception or discrimination or snooty arrogance. The Greene County Independence Party is there to help rebuild our communities!

Some of the other counties in New York (like Albany, for example, who sold the Town of Coeymans down the river, backed a maverick sneak for Greene County Sheriff, among other scurrilous backroom political freak show acts), Greene County is up front, open, welcoming, honest. Anyone who knows Smalbany knows that if that were not true, we’d be singing another tune. Trust us!


Greene County Independence Party

There are those out there, mostly the puppets of the major parties, who have nothing good to say about anything if it’s not going their way. And there are those out there who are sucking us dry when it comes to our rights and liberties, even our guaranteed right of freedom of expression (free speech).

We mention this because in our extensive research we have found some absolutely ridiculous claims being made in the media regarding the Independence Party’s name, because it contains the word “Independence,” which they want to change! They claim that Independence in the party’s name “confuses people” and causes them to register thinking that they are registering as voters independent of any political party, that is, as non-party affiliated voters.

Anyone with half of a brain would discard such rubbish not only as idiotic but also offensive to the voters registering. Such a statement would mean that voters are ignorant, can’t read, or are totally stupid. It’s a half-hearted, desperate attempt to try to further confuse the people. We could use the same stupid reasoning when talking about the “Republican” or the “Democratic” parties, but we’re far too genuine to play their idiotic games. After all, just about every foundation document in our nation’s history contains the words “republic” or “independence,” less frequently “democracy” or “democratic.” They are part of the American political vocabulary and carry huge meaning and significance. But does that fact come up as confusing people?

When you register to vote please understand that when you register as an Independent you are registering as a member of the Independence Party; if you want to be completely “independent” of any political party, that is, if you don’t want to be associated with any party, you need to register NOP or no party affiliation. There is a difference and we want you to know about that fact.

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Everyone wants Independence votes!!!

In Greene County, the Independence Party includes almost 2000 registered voters in 12 communities. That’s a lot of votes and is the reason why candidates running for office at all levels run to the Independence Party to get the Independence voters to support them. This is extremely important for candidates who are concerned that their own party, the Republicans or the Democrats, won’t carry them through the election, or refuse to provide needed support, and they won’t have the votes to get elected. Everyone wants Independence votes!!!

Independence Party Members Working to Get their Own Independence Candidates on the Ballot

Enough is enough, people. Independence Party members in Greene County, at least, have to get together and stop giving the farm away! Why are Independence Party members wasting their time handing their votes to failing parties’ candidates? Why aren’t Independence Party members working to get their own Independence candidates on the ballot, and finally clean up local and regional politics for a starter?

They’re waking up and saying, “Hey! We have great numbers, a great vision, a great group of people working for the community. We can do it!”

The answer is likely that the Independence Party members simply don’t know the power they have! it’s the best-kept secret out there in politico-land. Why? Because, unlike Greene County Independents, the leadership in the surrounding counties see a good thing for themselves when they can play power-broker games with the major parties and their candidates. Most of the other counties and the State Committee are out of touch with everyone and everything but themselves. Greene County Independents are some of the first to wake up and smell the tires burning. They’re waking up and saying, “Hey! We have great numbers, a great vision, a great group of people working for the community. We can do it!”

Smalbany and many others agree, although some of those “others” are running scared and trying their best to kill any so-called “third party” from exposing the major parties’ failures. One such villain is Mario Cuomo, you know, the monkey-faced, angry, enraged governor of New York state who lets his only supporters out of the jails to endanger the lives of the rest of us. Cuomo is out with a vengeance to do a hatchet job on the third parties. He and his party handlers are running scared. They see the writing on the wall!

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, remarks in a speech: “We’re not going to make America great again. It was never that great,” and his audience gasps (August 15, 2018).That’s the kind of leadership our major parties provide!

Here are some numbers from the Greene County Independence Party. Note that Greene County is a small county in terms of population, and is historically Republican (old Republican, that is). So, when you get numbers like these in the major population centers in Greene County, it means something big is happening:

Registered Independence Party Members in Greene County NY (Source Greene BoE)

When you think about it, in most local elections a candidate is elected by 1 vote! Just think of all the recent elections where the major parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, couldn’t even come up with a candidate to run against the incumbent or the other party’s candidate, and then think that if the Independence Party ran a candidate, a real person, a people’s candidate, how different things would be.

Only Voters Change Things, Not the Politicians

The major parties are always preaching change but they never come up with any. Only the faces change; the circus goes on, business-as-usual. The fact is, only voters change things, not just registered voters but registered voters who truly want to make a difference, who truly want change, and who realize that they have the power right now right in their hands to make those changes. One of the first changes is to change your party affiliation from Republican or Democrat to Independence Party. Send the bastards a message!

Be Proud: Be Independence!

Fact is: The only thing you give up is your vote in the primaries which is not really a choice at all, because the party is telling you who you have to choose from. In the elections, you don’t have to vote for any major party candidate; you don’t have to vote for your party’s choice. You can vote for anyone you like! Use your head, not some label forced on you. Be yourself, appear at town and village meetings, be a good citizen and an even better neighbor, and be Independent. You’ll shine in the crowd, and you’ll be happier with yourself.

Acknowledgements: Special thanks to the late Mr George Acker, Sr., previous Chairman of the Greene County NY Independence Party (GCNYIP). Mr Acker was a devoted and committed man to the best interests of the Greene County Independence Party, his community, and his neighbors throughout Greene County. He will be greatly missed, Thanks also to Ms Irene Beede, Administrative Assistant, GCNYIP, and Ms Elisa Jarvis of the Greene County Board of Elections (GCBOE) for their much appreciated assistance and inputs making this report possible.

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The Cabin Fever Reliever with Your Valentine!

Saturday, February 15, 2020, is a really special date. Mark you calendar!

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We have a February Committee meeting coming up on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. at the Red Rooster Roadhouse in Cairo, NY. Following that meeting there’ll be a buffet dinner dance on a special theme starting at about 5:00 p.m. There’ll be food and music and lots of fun! Please plan to be there and bring some friends! Pack the house! Show those crusty Republicans and those mushy Democrats how real Americans party, and thumb their noses to Old Man Winter’s Cabin Fever, and party with your Valentine’s Day heartthrob!

The Independence Party committee meetings are warm and welcoming and tend to be much more interesting than what you might think. The members welcome everyone, literally everyone with no question about political party affiliation and no pressure to listen to political rubbish. Party business is handled during the meetings; party partying is serious business and takes place after the meetings.

The Red Rooster Road House is a great place with good food, great bar, pool tables, and great hospitality. We first learned of the Red Rooster Roadhouse when some readers of our reviews of local Sunday brunch venues told us not to waste our time anywhere else, and to try the all-you-can-eat brunch buffet for only $9.95 + tax. Our readers never fail us and the advice was great — so was the brunch and the hospitality. Our only problem was the GPS directions. Our best advice is to go straight out of Main St. in Cairo, leaving the hamlet, for about a mile and the Red Rooster is on your left.

Greene County Independence Party Chairman Mr George Acker will be posting details on the Greene County NY Independence Party Facebook site and we’ll ask the Greene Weasel Whackers to post the information.

Remember: All politics, good and bad, start in the home. It’s time we started changing business as usual by starting in our own backyards. We are people, individuals, and independent of corrupt politics and corrupt politicians. That’s why we have the principles of the Independence Party.

Support the Greene County New York Independence Party

Take the first steps to improving our communities, neighborhoods, and lives by getting involved in positive political activity and forget the idiotic labels people have been conditioned to wear as if they were badges of merit! Those labels make you less than you are and less than you can be!

Don’t let Old Man Winter’s Cabin Fever get ya! Party with the Greene Independents on February 15, 2020!

On a more serious note:

We were totally disgusted by many of the local elections and what went on. The major parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, were a complete disappointment in Coeymans, Cairo, New Baltimore, and so many other municipalities. We weren’t going to let the label-voters take the fun out of the holidays, though, and we didn’t want to sour yours by publishing the disgusting facts about what went on in Coeymans,

The State Independence Party Committee and the Albany County Independence Party Committee under Chairman Paul Caputo (who is also a State Committee vice-chairman) put themselves in our sights when the State Party Committee endorsed failed Greene County Sheriff candidate Diana Benoit, after she played her losing hand to get on the ballot in Greene County. She lost and is now tainted goods. The State Committee is going to have to come clean on that one, as will Mr Paul Caputo, Albany County Independence Party Chairman.

What’s worse still, and a double whammy for Caputo is the fact that his Albany County Committee actually backed the McHugh neonazi mobsters in Coeymans, totally ignoring the Democratic incumbents.

Caputo’s Friends in Coeymans

The 2019 Wicked Weasel Award goes to Paul Caputo

Paul Caputo of the Albany County Independence Party Committee has received the unanimous nomination as the recipient of the 2019 Golden Weasel Award. Shame on you, Pauli!

Awarded to Paul Caputo for Shady Weasel Dealing.


Here’s what we wrote to the NY State Independence Party Committee:

We are contacting you on behalf of the Smalbany Blog (https://w/, a widely read social and political comment and information site with more than 500,000 readers.

The recent elections in November 2019 were nothing less than a display of non-support, dirty politics, and neonazi bullying in several municipalities in the Capital Region of New York.

One of the most disgusting and shameful displays was in the Town of Coeymans where Republican George McHugh and his mob obtained the support of the Albany County Independence Party, while in several other communities in Greene County, meritorious candidates languished while the Democrats ignored their candidates and the State Independence Party Committee (where was Mr Caputo?) and sister ID chairs and committees around Greene County were non-supportive of the Greene County Independence Party Committee.

Then there was the debacle of Diana Benoit, who ignored the Greene County Independence Party Committee and pulled some county (Albany) state vice-chair’s (Paul Caputo’s?) strings to get the State committee’s endorsement, but was given the thumbs down when she appeared before the Greene County Committee to explain and to apologize. She lost her own party’s (Republican) support and that of the Greenes; she pursued a dead campaign and managed to lose miserably in the elections. Payback!

With that preface, we would like the Greene Co. Committee’s comments on what went on and how Greene would like the State Committee to do to heal the wounds and establish good faith with local chairs and their committees, particularly in Greene County.

We are also looking at the role of sister committees and some questionable conduct by County IP chairs in counties neighboring Greene.

We will be running a series of articles during the month of January on what we have learned but would like to know what the Greene Committee and other neighboring Independence Party County Committees are prepared to do to support counties like Greene, and to compel Albany County and the State Independence Party Committee to give an accounting on how and why they supported the Republicans and ignored the Democratic incumbents.

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We’ve also posted a request on the Greene County Independence Party Facebook page asking for committee and party members to come forward with what information they may have on the back-room politics that went on and screwed good candidates as well as the residents and taxpayers in so many communities.

We wholly and completely support the third parties like the Independence Party, particularly those dedicated and caring people in Greene County who are doing all they can to support good candidates and do the best for the people. That’s a hell of a lot more than we can say the Republican Party and Democratic Party committees in Albany and Green Counties have done even for their own people!

The only smart choice left for us!

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Coeymans: Poster-Child of the “Sick Community Syndrome.” Part III

Societal Obstacles that Impair Movement Away from Sick-Community Violence and Abuse.

Individual obstacles may be complicated by societal hurdles, further impairing the victim’s ability to confront, distance themselves, or even leaving the sick-community abuse. Some societal barriers include:

  1. The victim’s concern about being called a coward or not defending his or her rights, or avoiding responsibilities.
  2. Concern about a decline in quality of life for themselves and their children.
  3. Reinforcement of counselors of “saving” the community relationships at all costs, rather than pursuing the goal of stopping the violence and abuse.
  4. Indifference of law enforcement who may treat violence and abuse as a “personal dispute,” instead of a crime where one person is harassing or another person. All too often, it is the victim of abuse who is reprimanded, even arrested and charged by law enforcement, even if they are only defending themselves against the abuser.
  5. Frequently law enforcement personnel discourage or make it unnecessarily difficult for the victim to make a complaint or file charges against the abuser. Some law enforcement personnel may dismiss or downplay the abuse, side with the abuser, or may not take the victims report of the violence or abuse seriously.
  6. Reluctance or outright refusal by prosecutors to prosecute cases. Some may advise the abuser to plead guilty to a lesser charge, depriving the victim of the full protection of the law, and possibly placing the victim at increased risk of retaliation.
  7. The situation may be even worse in small communities, where local non-professional judges have personal, political, or financial reasons not to impose appropriate sentences on convicted abusers. Probation or a fine, even outright dismissal is much more common in local justice courts.
  8. Even despite prosecution and judgment, there is very little to prevent an abuser from retaliation or changing the abuse strategy.
  9. Despite public awareness of the sick-community situation and the increased availability of information identifying abuse and abusers in a sick-community, victims rarely confront the situation to improve their lot.
  10. In many sick-communities, over time, residents begin to adopt the mindset that  they themselves are responsible for making their situation what it is. Their sense of failure to maintain their dignity and improve their relationships equals failure as a person.
  11. Isolation from neighbors, friends and families, either through the actual abuser’s conduct, or because the victim feels guilty or ashamed for putting up with the abuse. The victim then may attempt to conceal signs of the effects of the abuse from others; the social or self-imposed isolation contributes to a sense that there is nowhere to turn.
  12. The feeling of impotence causes the victim to try to find reasons to justify the abuser’s violence; the victim rationalizes that the abuser’s behavior is caused by genuine ideology, conviction, desire for change, promotion of economic interests, or other factors.
  13. Societal and cultural factors condition persons to believe their identities and feelings of self-worth are contingent upon acceptance by the community majority, even if it is a sick-community majority.
  14. One of the most scandalous and insidious of obstacles that the sick community faces is disinformation, bullying, intimidation, and discouragement by the powers to be and their supporters, who can seize and maintain control only by ongoing and constant suppression of the natural rights of the community members. Locally, we can point to the Friends of Coeymans —a local Coeymans group organized and run by Jeff LaQuire, Nate Boomer, and Chris Hagen, and supported by the George McHugh group and his business interests —and their followers, who deploy what can be characterized as neonazi tactics to intimidate and isolate residents.

Friends of the Friends of Coeymans

Inconsistency of violence and abuse; during non-abuse phases, the abuser may fulfill the victim’s vision of harmony and community. The victim may also rationalize the abuser is basically good until the situation changes and the abuser reveals their true agenda.

Key Components of Social Justice in Our Communities

But the good news and hope is that victims retain their power of self-determination and independence, regardless of what the abusers in the sick community think, say, or do. This is because the victims, although persuaded by the abusers to accept the role of victims, are not in fact victims at all! As already stated, they are playing the role of victim, and they can leave any role at any time, because roles are fictitious and good only temporarily. But you can’t cure what you refuse to confront!

Return to Part II of the Series

Go to Part IV of the Series (To be published on November 18, 2019)


Cairo, Our Neighbor to the South: Election Recommendations

Republished with Permission from the Greene County Weasels site.

Editor’s Note: Our Commentary on the McHugh Comeback Team’s Propaganda Claims will be published at midnight, October 30, 2019. Stay tuned!

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On Tuesday, October 22, a Town of Cairo Candidates Forum was held at the Cairo-Durham Highschool, in Cairo, New York.

The Forum started at 6:35 with a question-answer session, in which the 2019 candidates for the offices of Cairo Town Supervisor (Banta/True), Cairo Town Councilpersons (Powers / O’Connor / Sheriff), and Cairo Town Highway Superintendent (Evans/Maderic) participated.

Weasel-Watch: Candidates who were supposed to have appeared: John Coyne (Repubican) candidate for Town Supervisor, allegedly had a “prior commitment” but not with voters; Steve Kralivich (Republican), candidate for Town Board, and Kayla Warner (Repubican), candidate for Town Clerk. Interestingly, all three no-shows were Republicans! Three of them!!!

CPT Weasel-Whacker has no respect for unopposed candidates who, because New York law allows them “election by default,” think they don’t have to respond to residents and voters. That means YOU, Ms Weasel-Warner!!! Great messages you sent to the Cairo High School Students. Shame on these Republicans!!!

Weasel-Roster for the Cairo Candidate Forum
Weasel: John Coyne (R)
Weasel: Steve Kralivich (R)
Weaselette: Kayla Warner (R)

Speaking of Weasels and Weasel-Deals

Bob Hempstead. Art Evans’ Daddy. Unethical and No Guts.

Having spoken with the Cairo people, we have to admit that outgoing Cairo Highway Superintendent Bob Hempstead and his pet, candidate Art Evans (trying hopelessly to defeat candidate Mike Maderic for the office of Cairo Highway Superintendent), have been running a pretty unethical campaign in Cairo. First of all, Hempstead has been misusing and abusing the Cairo Town Highway Department Facebook — not that Facebook misuse is anything new; we have our own Friends of Coeymans problem — page to promote his loser pet, Art Evans. Someone from the opponent’s camp has or have been destroying Mike Maderic’s campaign signs. In addition, Hempstead, in an outrageously improper, probably illegal, political sign of desperation fired Mike Maderic on some trumped up charge. To their credit the Cairo Town Supervisor Daniel Benoit and his Board are apparently backing Maderic. Hempstead is a sleeze, to say the least, and doesn’t know when to concede he’s a loser. But we also have to say that Art Evans has not shown any sign of fair play or ethics, nor any balls at all, because if he had any guts, he wouldn’t allow the rotten things to happen just to get elected. Sorry, but if you have no guts and no ethics before the election, you’re not going have any if elected to public office.

green weasel 1Please note: The evaluation scheme and the evaluations are strictly those of CPT Weasel-Whacker and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Greene County Independence Party, the Cairo-Durham High School CollegeGovernment Class, or WCGX 90.7 FM, or any other organization in any way whatsoever. These comments are in no way whatsoever intended to support or oppose the political endorsements of any party or organization. Please use good sense and mature judgement when considering any candidate for public office. Please vote and participate in your local government.

Explanation of Star Ratings

star rotating smallStellar! Marry me! Outstanding in every respect.

start very good smallVery good! Persuasive and engaging.

star good smallGood. OK wasn’t something to convince me 100%

star neutral small Wishy-washy. OK. But left me hungry.

star poor small Poor. Show me something else.

star pitiful smallPitiful. Take a walk. Not interested.

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Any half-star rating would put it between the higher rating and the next lower rating.


Here are CPT Weasel-Whacker’s recommendations for each of the 2019 candidates for Cairo Town Offices: Cairo Town Supervisor: True; Cairo Town Council: O’Connor and Scheriff; Cairo Highway Superintendent: Maderic.

Here are the detailed evaluations and remarks:

Supervisor Candidate: Banta
star neutral smallBanta makes the impression of “otherness.” His delivery is not engaging. He does not connect with his listeners, and appears to have little consciousness of them. (He almost put me to sleep several times during the Forum). Granted, while his credentials and experience are impressive I wonder if he is a genuine “peoples’ person?” Mr. Banta has a lot of irons in the fire; something has to go. Will it be his business activities or Cairo?

CPT Weasel Whacker Recommends: Banta has a lot to offer but can he deliver 110% from the Supervisor’s office? I have my doubts. If Banta “loves” Cairo so much, why not just bring his expertise to the table as a consultant to the Supervisor or even in the official capacity as Deputy Supervisor. That way he can develop his real estate and business development while avoiding conflicts of interest and doing just what Cairo needs: development.

Supervisor Candidate: True
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True has been out of the Cairo area for a good portion of her adult life. Her forté is in direct-mail (junk mail) advertising. She also is part of the inner circle of the Cairo Development Foundation and the Benoit camp. An interesting point is that she has been in Cairo Town Hall for a couple of years and knows what’s going on. While her delivery was not overly persuasive and a bit staged, she can be in the office 24/7, and because she has few other outside activities, she does offer availability and accessibility, if we can believe what she says.

CPT Weasel Whacker Recommends: I’d say True has a lot going for her if she can put her performance where her mouth is. I say give her a stab at the Supervisor’s Office. I do highly recommend that she reach out to Banta and include him as a consultant on any issues concerning real estate or economic development, since he does have impressive credentials as well as important connections, which can be used to great advantage if used prudently. A True-Banta alliance may be the best thing coming out of the Supervisor’s Office. The Supervisor, under NY Town Law, can appoint anyone s/he wishes to be her/his deputy. Would Banta be willing to take that role? Could he offer more outside of Town Hall?

Councilman Candidate: O’Connor

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O’Connor comes to the table with some impressive town government credentials, and he seems like a very, very likable person. He is committed to participative democracy, and you apparently can’t keep him away from town meetings. Just want the doctor ordered. I particularly liked the fact that he has Highway Department experience, which is a big plus on the Town Board.

CPT Weasel Whacker Recommends: O’Connor was very persuasive and has my vote. He has great personal appeal as well as outstanding credentials. He is an engaging person with a big heart for the community. His experience could prove beneficial to everyone on the Cairo Town Council.

Councilman Candidate: Scheriff

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Scheriff’s father was Kinderhook supervisor for a number of years but that doesn’t mean that his gifts necessarily transfer to Scheriff. But Scheriff appears sincere and persuasive. He’s intelligent and, judging from what he presented, he’s also honest. He has engineering credentials which can come in handy when discussing Cairo’s infrastructure and Comprehensive Plan. He has good, convincing delivery and presentation.

Councilman Candidate: Powers

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This was a very difficult evaluation; I wish there were three openings on the Board, because I think Powers has a lot to offer. I particularly liked the fact that his appeal for public participation appeared sincere. I think he has a place in public life even as a councilman but that’s up to voters.

CPT Weasel Whacker Recommends: Rating Powers against O’Connor and Scheriff was a very difficult thing to do. They are all very interesting and persuasive candidates. O’Connor and Scheriff simply came out with different specific qualities that I feel kick them up just a couple of notches above Powers. That’s me, though, and those qualities are what I’m sensitive to in the candidates. If you were to remove my subjective evaluation, Powers may very well be equal to O’Connor and Scheriff, but I can choose only two.

Highway Superintendent Candidate: Evans

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A loser. As I listened to Evans’ presentation at the forum and then, later reviewing the recordings several times, I became very concerned that Evans has totally missed the point. Moreover he has pitifully little hands-on highway experience. He came in a suit, not in overalls. He seems to think that the role of the Highway Superintendent is an executive position or a senior management position or a bean-counter position; it’s much more. Evans emphasizes a rather long military experience and seems to be convinced that that experience translates to civilian leadership. It does not, and it would be a mistake to believe that it does. They are two different worlds. Highway Department employees are civilians, not soldiers and not members of a tightly knit squad. The Highway Department needs expert, experienced highway guidance and supervision. Yes. Leadership figures into the equation and is very important but it’s not military type leadership that is needed, it’s what we call “servant leadership.” In other words, it’s not command or “Follow me!” it’s “Do it like this” or “Let me show you” leadership. It’s “I’m one of you” leadership. Evans does not have that kind of approach, and he certainly does not have any highway experience of any type that would be convincing. My recommendation is very brief: Evans is not the man for the job.

Highway Superintendent: Maderic

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Maderic has more than 15 years experience in highway department operations. He’s knowledgeable and experienced. He knows the job, and he knows the system. He has the trust of his co-workers and their respect. He’s down-to-earth but is convincing and persuasive. He’s not ashamed to appear in his “working man’s” apparel but as soon as he opens his mouth, you know he knows. Several of his comments revealed a very dedicated man. He didn’t get lost in the administrative aspects of the job but related them well to the technical aspects.

CPT Weasel Whacker Recommends: Maderic is hands-down the right choice! There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that Maderic is the only real choice for Highway Superintendent. He is genuine, experienced, knowledgeable, and convincing. You can see immediately that he truly cares and understands the operations of a town highway department, the men and women who work there, and the role of the Highway Superintendent. An important point that I made in my discussion of Banta and True applies equally well to Maderic versus Evans. In addition to Evans’ other problems, Evans has other agendas and other interests. Maderic, on the other hand, is clearly focused on the Highway Department. and despite some really nasty things that incumbent Bob Hempstead has done to him for the worst of reasons, and the fact that supporters of the Evans/Hempstead camp have turned to some very nasty tricks to undermine Maderic’s campaign, Maderic has remained stalwart and focused. The man is a fighter, that’s for sure. I certainly would want him on my team!

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