It was recently brought to my attention that soon to be re-appointed City Marshal Rick Mason did in fact donate to the Democratic Party and so did Councilman Kevin McGrath, who is an enrolled Conservative but ran twice with the Democrat’s blessing.
It’s an issue because Mason filed a formal complaint with the Rensselaer County District Attorney Rich McNally that claims Tom Wade, the party’s county chair, tried to shake him down for a donation and when Mason refused is when Wade started lobbying the Council against re-appointing Mason to the part time job.
The filings listing Mason’s $100 donation can be seen here
and McGrath’s $175 donation and $85 donation can be seen here.
I’m not sure of the significance of either donation considering candidates and appointees are expected to donate something to the party, but I’m just making an observation – or better yet, passing one along.
I was just told the dust-up between Wade and Mason about campaign contributions and about a month before last November's election, and it was just pointed out to me that Mason's $100 donation came on Nov. 6, 2011. Not sure what that has to do with anything, but I'm just passing along another observation.
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