Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Sen. McDonald fires, then re-hires, Rensselaer County GOP chair (UPDATED with comment from McDonald's camp) (UPDATED again)
Rumor that Sen.
Roy McDonald fired Rensselaer County Republican Chair John Rustin this morning,
and then hired him back this afternoon ripped across the county today, but the
McDonald camp tells me that his employment paperwork expired this morning and
was re-upped this afternoon.
papers ended on Sept. 26 and it was going to be extended all along that that’s
all that happened,” said McDonald spokesman Michael Veitch.
Rustin was named
acting county chair last year after Neil Kelleher stepped down. I’m not sure
how long he’s been working for McDonald at the Senate.
Of course, there
was all sorts of speculation the firing had something to do with McDonald’s
dismal performance in Rensselaer County, where he was born and raised, against
Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione. While the two basically tied in Saratoga
and Columbia counties - with Marchione wining the two towns in Washington
County – she won Rensselaer County by some 250 votes.
I've never heard of "employment papers" expiring but I have heard of people getting let go from a governmental job bacause of a poor political performance outside of work. The first, I guess, is plausible , the second is a no-no but happens with relative frequency.
I was told again today to stand by the story, that Rustin was fired and then re-hired a few hours later.
Anyway, Rustin is
back on the payroll, Marchione declared victory yesterday while McDonald is
still mulling an active run on the Independence Party line. Whether he
campaigns or not, he will be on the ballot come November with Marchione and
Robin Andrews, a Democrat who is supervisor in the Columbia County town of
McDonald will make up his mind either by the end of this week or the beginning
of next week on what his future plans include.
Labels: Andrews, Marchione, mcdonald, rustin