Last night, New York State Troopers arrested Timothy Granison, the husband of the mayor of Rochester, Lovely Warren. I just listened to the news conference and ho-lee-shit is there a lot going on.
According to the Monroe County States Attorney, Sandra Doorley, who has already secured an indictment against Warren on two felony campaign finance charges, the arrest is the result of a seven-month wiretap targeted at someone else. When Granison turned up on the wiretap, Doorley called in the State Police.
The search uncovered an unregistered handgun and a semi-automatic rifle at Warren’s house, where the couple’s school-age daughter was home alone. (She was taken away by a relative before Troopers entered the house.) All together, $100K in cash and 2 kilos of powder and crack cocaine were recovered in arrests of seven people, total. (Clarification: money and coke was not at Warren’s house, the guns were.)
Warren has a decent primary opponent named Malik Evans, but even with her indictment, she was favored to win the primary, which basically gets her another term as mayor. Warren is a mediocre administrator, thin-skinned, divisive, petty and vindictive. Our local Democratic party is split into a mostly-white mostly-suburban faction led by Congressman Joe Morelle, and a mostly-black mostly-urban faction once led by Assemblyman David Gantt, who died recently. Warren is Gantt’s protegee. It would be nice to have a mayor who can unite the factions, but if dreams came true, hey, wouldn’t that be nice?
Anyway, my only point is that it’s better to live in a blue part of a blue state than the red part of a red state, but it isn’t all wine and roses. Open thread.