There have been a number of extremely damaging stories in the press regarding Saratoga County Republicans. From experience I assume that some very unhappy Republicans have been pointing the TU to some very unpleasant material.
In this first story we learn that under the new leadership of Saratoga County Republican Chairman Steve Bulger, the Grand Old Party spent more in the last six months then in the previous six years. Mr. Bulger, who worked for Congressman Chris Gibson, replaced John Herrick as chair.
The TU reports, “During the first half of the year, Bulger’s spending was largely for consultants, including $10,000 to a convicted felon who is a videographer, $24,000 to a state GOP political director and another $12,000 to Better Results, a fundraising operation run out of a Loudonville home. He also contributed $10,000 to the state GOP so members could take part in President Trump‘s inauguration.”
The full story is well worth reading as it documents both the sudden profligacy of this traditionally thrifty local party but includes some embarrassing defenses of this new, “invigorated” party.
In a follow up article, more details about the “felon” along with the generous payments to others is explored.
The last story involves the usual suspects of politicians, political party people, and developers. This involves a state suit against the town of Ballston for violating the restrictions on residential water hook-ups in agriculture districts. I find the story particularly interesting because the Saratoga County Farm Bureau has come out against what the town is doing. Farm Bureaus are notoriously conservative and supporters of the Republican establishment. This is not surprising because farmers are in general pretty conservative. In this case, they understand the threat that development can have to their survival. In the meantime, the story notes a web of connections between the developers, elected officials, and the GOP that often involves the spouses of the players. This is a really juicy story.