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© 2016 Bob Lonsberry

 
 
IT MUST BE CHERYL

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It must be Cheryl.

They must be covering for her.

There is no other plausible explanation.

The politically suicidal mishandling of events springing from the March claims of Monroe County Republican Party Chairman Bill Reilich about COMIDA and I-Square can only be explained by a desire to protect someone.

And that someone has to be County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo.

And that is ominous.

In effect, they are scuttling the ship to save the captain.

The unfolding scenario is almost unbelievable. The routine and anticipated appointment of Democrat Adam Bello by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to fill the county clerk seat vacated by Republican Dinolfo when she became county executive drew an odd outburst from Reilich.

He publicly attacked Bello, saying that a relatively obscure taxpayer-subsidized development in Irondequoit – where Bello was town supervisor – was in default on its agreement with the County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency – which handed out the tax deal.

It was out of nowhere.

And it made no sense.

And what did that have to do with Bello being county clerk?

And how did the Republican chairman know that the development – I-Square – was potentially in default?

That began a now two-month series of events that has seen the county executive go into hiding, her top assistant get fired, and the chairwoman and two members of the COMIDA board resign. It has festered and spread and become Topic A. And the new administration of Cheryl Dinolfo, expected to sweep away the taint of ethical impropriety that lingered from the Maggie Brooks years, looks as bad as its predecessor.

Further, the expected county clerk candidacy of legislature President Anthony Daniele – the on-deck Republican county executive – has been killed, and Bello faces only nominal opposition in November from a lackey of the county chairman. And Democrat aspirations for Bello to be the county executive have been significantly advanced by the ongoing damage to Dinolfo and the county Republican brand.

All of this is happening because of a series of Republic missteps.

And it all happens when Monroe County Democrats are under ongoing criminal investigation by a United States attorney and the Manhattan district attorney. There is a good chance local Democrats are going to have poo all over their shoes, and Republicans – instead of laying low and letting it happen – are insisting on being the center of unflattering attention.

It makes no sense.

No one could be that incompetent.

Anyone would know to nip this in the bud, to come clean and clean out and put it behind us.

If the assistant county executive channeled confidential COMIDA information to the Republican Party chairman, that is wrong – but not huge. He gets punished – maybe a week without pay – the policy gets clarified, a promise of better performance in the future gets made, and it all goes away.

Under those circumstances, calls for an investigation would be quickly complied with and dispensed with. You talk to three people, verify what happened, and issue a brief report.

Easy as pie.

And not worth this ongoing bloodletting.

Anybody would know how to handle that.

But this situation continues to go unresolved, seemingly spiraling out of control.

Which makes you think that that is not the situation.

If the reaction does not fit the action, you should check your assumption about the action.

And apply the truth that people don’t fall on their sword to protect people below them, they do so to protect people above them.

And there is only one person above the assistant county executive.

That’s the county executive.

And the only reason a party or an administration would willingly lurch through this minefield is to protect the person at the top.

That is a logical and increasingly inescapable conclusion.

This is about Cheryl Dinolfo.

She’s the man behind the curtain.

This failure to address the situation only makes sense if doing so would damage Cheryl Dinolfo. And this would only damage Cheryl Dinolfo if Reilich wasn’t the only one trying to sabotage Adam Bello.

Given what has happened, and in the face of continued silence from Cheryl Dinolfo, it’s not unreasonable to wonder if the transfer of confidential COMIDA information by the assistant county executive came at the direction of the county executive.

Maybe it wasn’t Reilich trying to damage Bello in November, maybe it was Dinolfo trying to damage Bello in 2019.

That, actually, is the most logical explanation for what has happened.

It must be Cheryl.

They must be covering for her.

And if that’s not the case, she is the only one who can set things straight.

She is the only one who can have this investigated. She is the only one who can stop the erosion of public trust in her party and her administration.

To this point, her silence has been damning.


- by Bob Lonsberry © 2016

   
        
   
 
    
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May 2 WHY IS MOCKING WHITE PEOPLE OK? 14
Apr 28 HYPOCRISY IN MONROE COUNTY POLITICS 15
Apr 27 SAYING GOODBYE TO THE GANNETT BUILDING 18
Apr 26 WHY DO PROGRESSIVES HATE ISRAEL? 26
Apr 21 HARRIET TUBMAN BELONGS ON THE TWENTY 25
Apr 18 ON TRUMP'S 'EYE FOR AN EYE' QUOTE 57
Apr 12 YESTERDAY ON MY RUN 43
Apr 11 SANDERS IS THE DEMOCRAT REAGAN 53
Apr 8 MY INTRODUCTION FOR TRUMP 74
Apr 6 TRANSGENDER BATHROOMS EMPOWER RAPISTS, MOLESTERS 48
Mar 31 THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS NON-VIOLENT DRUG CRIME 59
Mar 30 TRUMP GOT IT WRONG LAST NIGHT 66
Mar 29 THANKS FOR NOTHING, BILL 64
Mar 23 FIGHT EVIL WITH GOOD 30
Mar 22 THE NIGHT MY UNCLE DIDN'T SHOOT A GUY 6
Mar 17 SENATE GOP MUST STOP WAGE HIKE 40
Mar 16 SENATE SHOULD HEAR NOMINEE 51
Mar 14 TRUMP, GOP MUST EACH HONOR THE PROCESS 37
Mar 7 TIME FOR TRUMP TO ACT LIKE GROWN UP 110
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