My second Republican caucus I got to sit at the table - and what a view it was! Politics never gets boring in New Paltz. I went in believing that my remarks as a candidate would be the most memorable part of the night to me, but the place really heated up, and it wasn't because the room was packed.
Although outnumbered by the Democrats in the room, the Republicans were mostly hesitant not to vote for one of their own. Randall Leverette and Ray Lunati got the nod for Town Council over Jean Gallucci and Kevin Barry, both former Republicans who switched registration to Democrat because that's how non-thinking voters in this town usually vote.
The nomination of Peter Cordovano for supervisor came as a surprise to many, although more than one person told me that they believed it was orchestrated some time ago. I thought Peter looked genuinely surprised, but the theory was that his nomination was made to protect Toni Hokanson. Peter would win because Republicans prefer GOP candidates, and then after he declined the committee to fill vacancies would appoint Toni to the line.
I don't buy it. Why? Because if Peter is that convincing an actor (he really seemed stunned), he would not have waffled when he was asked if running and serving would have an impact on his law practice. That waffling was honest, and I'm sure it cost him at least the one vote he fell short. If this had been rehearsed, he would have acted shocked, then recover, and speak with confidence when he accepted instead of saying, "I think I'll do it."
It may well be that Peter would have decided running on short notice was foolhardy, and that the committee (of which he was a member, as well as chairman of the caucus, before his nomination) would have selected Toni. Maybe Diane Lucchesi even had that in mind, although she said she nominated him out of a desire for a Republican candidate for the job. But I don't believe he was in on it.
Politics? Sure. Conspiracy? Bah!