Thursday, January 8, 2009

Respect Voters Wishes, No Matter How Dumb

As much as I lament the election results that put Bob LaPietra on the Cobleskill Village Board of Trustees, attempting to enjoin LaPietra from assuming office, as the existing Board members tried, was a foolish maneuver. For the time being, we must accept that the people have spoken (however foolishly) and as a result LaPietra’s service on the Board of Trustees ought to begin when scheduled and continue uninterrupted until the criminal charges against him are proven in a court of law or until he loses an election.

But village officials, including all five current members of the Board of Trustees and Village Attorney Meredith Savitt, claim that if Bob LaPietra is convicted of the numerous felony counts he has been charged with, it will threaten the validity of Board actions undertaken while he was a member. Yes this reasoning seems to reverse the concept of being held innocent until proven guilty. However, it actually is a semi-legitimate reason for keeping LaPietra off the board, in case you think its purely politics.

Having said that, however, the voters of Cobleskill must bear some accountability for electing the man fully knowing what he’s been charged with. I can understand the appeal of laPietra to the average voter. Surely it must have been very psychologically satisfying pulling the lever for LaPietra. Village morale has been low for a long time and any new blood was viewed as a good thing.

LaPietra also very likely benefited from the widespread perception that he was being railroaded for his vocal criticism of Village Board members. The Times-Journal only fueled the fire when it editorialized that the charges against LaPietra were in part attributable to his “lightning rod personality”.

It is understandable that voters want to stand up for the underdog. However, when voters elect a man indicted on over a dozen felony counts, they must bear the responsibility for what happens when and if he is convicted. For that reason, current trustees have no business attempting to spare the village any inconvenience or embarrassment that might arise from LaPietra’s being convicted of the charges against him. He is the now the Village’s cross to bear.

I do hope Cobleskill residents enjoy the press coverage they’re going to get if and when LaPietra is convicted and must be removed from office. I’m sure it will be quite a story on the nightly news. I know I’ll get a kick out of it.

26 comments:

Bob Nied said...

The whole matter should have been a brief embarrassment. Instead the ridiculousness continues in the tradition of Jessie Ventura and the raving lunatic who was once elected on the platform of outlawing sneakers in a small town in Nebraska. I know many very bright and well-informed folks in Cobleskill. I can only assume that they had the flu and stayed home on Election Day. Alternatively, perhaps it was just an expression of the voter’s ultimate frustration with the system and a comic commentary on that system in the spirit of the "Yippies" and other political jesters. If not, if it were a genuine expression of confidence in this particular candidate we are in much deeper trouble than many previously thought.

Good grief.

Anonymous said...

Bob,Watch Scopeg. Checkout the body languge of LaPietra. See him sroking his chin (revenge on all of those who shut down is illegal projects.) He did one of those projects in your town I thnk. So it's good bye to Mike P., good bye to Nelly M., and good bye to Sheila G. and good bye to the other young lady in the office, good bye Judge Hamm, good bye Village board. LaPietra is stroking and thinking. Question ? Why does his hand keek going to his crotch/ (watch SCOPEG) Oh ! I answered my own question: stroking and thinking.

Anonymous said...

Bob,Watch Scopeg. Checkout the body languge of LaPietra. See him sroking his chin (revenge on all of those who shut down is illegal projects.) He did one of those projects in your town I thnk. So it's good bye to Mike P., good bye to Nelly M., and good bye to Sheila G. and good bye to the other young lady in the office, good bye Judge Hamm, good bye Village board. LaPietra is stroking and thinking. Question ? Why does his hand keek going to his crotch/ (watch SCOPEG) Oh ! I answered my own question: stroking and thinking.

Anonymous said...

Was Little Bobby gazing at Big Handsome Mark while he was "thinking"?

Anonymous said...

Bob Nied said: "...if it were a genuine expression of confidence in this particular candidate we are in much deeper trouble than many previously thought."
You are in much deeper trouble than you even suspect.

Sean said: "...when and if he is convicted."
You are in Scary County. Don't hold your hand on your behind waiting for a conviction.

Anonymous said...

Cobleskill voters, unlike you, "Sean," don't do their homework.

Anonymous said...

You'll "get a kick out of it."
That's all it's really about, isn't it, for you?
Just kicks.

I hope the press looks at the previous village record of voting for the underdog....the one they didn't think had a chance to win...and the effects of that election.

Anonymous said...

this was clearly a case of voting out an incumbent. ten years of that cretin mcguire is enough. even you , sean ,could have beat mcguire.interesting point is that there were 1400 blank votes. how dumb were the voters or how sick and tired they were. hey bob nied if we in cobleskill want any shit from you -- will squeeze your head. get lost.find an assessor to mug.

Moss Lipow said...

This is just the start of the backlash to ten years of(which way do I go George)politics demonstarted by the likes of Gilmore, McKay, Mcguire, Brinkman , Yoder, Montario and Cohn and their ilk. Watch next year when 6 seats are up in the town and village. The voters will literally throw the baby(Sellers)out with the bath water(Mckay,Veith, Cohn,and Angel).Only one that will survive is Galasso. Problem is that if the quality of the candidates is like Linda Holmes--- expect more than 1500 blank votes. Hey Bob take the other poster's advice "get a life".

Clinton Circle Jerk said...

I'd rather watch Lapetra scratch his balls in public than sit thru one more viewing of that vicious snake bitch Mcguires smarmy cheshire cat smile. Good riddance you sad excuse for a human being. Now you can devote full time to playing with your organ.

Bob Nied said...

I love the anonymous posters. They make me feel so nostalgic. I remember when my son was in kindergarten and I’d hear one little student call another a “poopy head” and laugh with so much self-assuredness it was like they had verbally eviscerated an arch enemy is a Paris salon. In some ways the kindergartners where more interesting in that at least they had the nerve to use their real names. Perhaps the posters just need a sippy cup and a nap and then they will be able to muster the backbone to act like big boys and girls. If not they can always retreat to the Nickelodeon site and blog their anger at Mr. Crabs.

Eddie Haskell said...

I love the anonymous posters.

And you Bob were like the kid in the playground that always got the shit kicked out of him. When you grew up you --learned how to put two sentences together(diploma from ITT Tech)--- moved to a Town where the average I.Q. is 70(Richmondville)---changed your identity and became Bob Nied and declared yourself a self styled Dan Rather. Tell me Bob Nied --Did you have to google "poopy head","sippy cup", and "Mr. Crabs" to show us all how enlightened and witty you are? I recommend the next 400 page novel that you read be "Blogging for Dummies".

Ps I bet you wear an earring.I won't ask which ear If you won't tell!

Sean said...

Hey, this is MY blog. You people are supposed to be directing your juvenile insults at me, not Bob Nied.

Oh and our average I.Q. here in Richmondville ain't 70! It's at least 80 or 85, BITCH!

Bob Nied said...

Hey Sean,

Great to see you respond. Must be your school bus was on time today.

Bob Nied

Sean said...

Sorry Bob. Please excuse the attempt at levity. I'll try not to let it happen again.

Bob Nied said...

Sean
The previous poster is an imposter. I did not quetion your response.

The Real Bob Nied

Bob Nied said...

At least you spelled my name correctly when you posted as me. I appreciate that.

I agree with Sean, please direct your insults at him. He likes it when you do.

Eddie- I'd didn't have to Google poopy head and sippy cup, but I did use spell check. I can't spell at all thanks to Catholic school. No earring, sorry. No ITT either, had the dreaded Liberal Arts education. You’ll never make it as an FBI profiler but who knows, maybe Last Comic Standing. Anyway, you kids are a lot of fun but I gotta run, I'm meeting Bob LaPietra at Burger King for a nice chat about turning the old Warnerville skating rink into Section 8 apartments, complete with shag carpets and propane heaters.

eddie said...

dear bob,
I trust the shag carpets will be mauve in color.

Eddie

Anonymous said...

From: Bob Nied

To: Bob Nied

Interesting point concerning Blogs!
You can be anyone you want. How do we know if Bob Nied is Bob Nied? The diaper doper that runs this blog is not who he says he is. I would be profoundly disappointed if indeed Bob Nied authored the above rants. Bob Nied--- I know Bob Nied and you are no Bob Nied.

Bob Nied

Anonymous said...

Our prayers to the McGiver's at their loss. Tragic fire at Niles' Dad's place on Patria Road.Even conservatives have a heart.

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