There was a time when the Saratoga Springs Democratic Party was a strong voice on issues like growth and integrity in government. It was not a matter of the kind of vague generalities that have become the pablum of contemporary spin that now passes for political discourse. The party took positions on contentious issues.
There have been a slew of important conflicts here in the city over issues of development and threats to neighborhoods where one would have traditionally expected the Democratic Party to offer support for the underdogs. No more.
Today, I received a copy of Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee’s newsletter in which they announce that they will be having their annual fund raiser, the Starbuck Legacy Luncheon, at Saratoga National Golf Course. This is the same operation that has been attempting to open up the city’s greenbelt for intensive development. This is the same operation that appears to have violated their agreement with the city that included two nature trails and a limit on special events. Most recently, a suit has been filed against one of SNGC’s principles over the skimming of the wait staff’s tips and the failure to pay overtime. Based on news accounts, this included the Prime Restaurant where the Starbuck Luncheon will be held.
A sad commentary on what politics in our country has become.