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Beware mayoral power grab in aftermath of Spa City charter vote

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Beware mayoral power grab in aftermath of Spa City charter vote Thanks and congratulations are due to all who worked to preserve Saratoga Springs’ unique and effective form of government on Nov. 6. As Mayor Scott Johnson takes steps to appoint his own charter commission, he should take note that this was the third referendum in the last 12 years that has resoundingly affirmed our citizens’ support for the commissioner form of government. Mayor Johnson’s ...

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November 15, 2012
8:08 a.m.

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RE:GOP lost with Romney - While Paul Ryan may not have been the best choice, don't think that Susana Martinez would have magically gained enough Latina vote to overcome women and Hispanic issues with Republican ideology. I moved to NY from New Mexico and possibly have a little more knowledge about Gov. Martinez than the average person here. Her election to governor in 2010 was probably more a result of riding the national GOP coat tails and her opponent Diane Denish (the Lt. Gov.) running a flawed campaign than anything else. New Mexico is 48% Democrat - 32% Republican in the Roundhouse. Martinez won that election by only a 7% plurality. Sometimes election results cannot be explained, like NY electing George Pataki and Mass. electing Mitt Romney as governors. Martinez had no practical governing experience prior to being elected governor. She was a DA for the 3rd Judicial District (Las Cruces area) prior to becoming governor. Americans may not have embraced her shallow governing experience as a candidate for VP. Plus she has some baggage that even she has a hard time defending as a Republican. Her grandparents were illegal immigrants. The Democrats would have had a field day with that. There are several other well qualified women who the Republican party leaders could have chosen, but maybe they were gun shy from the drama of the Sarah Palin choice.