Last week, the Democrats in my county (Monroe NY) took the County Executive seat for the first time in a couple of decades. They also gained two seats in the County Legislature, but the Republicans control it by one seat.
This week, almost predictably, the Republicans introduced a bill that would severely curtail the powers of the County Executive, especially when it comes to appointments. The bill was introduced using a “matter of urgency” work-around that skips the normal committee process, so it will be ready to sign by the outgoing Republican County Exec before her term is up.
This isn’t going to go over well for the Republicans. The media here is calling it “stealing the election”. The voters who come out for the off-year elections are motivated and often split tickets. Democrats just flipped a couple of seats, so it makes sense that a single Republican in an tough district would dissent from the plan and scuttle it.
But, again, unsurprisingly if you’ve watched Republicans recently, all of the Republican legislators have signed on because it’s basically a suicide pact. They all know it’s the end of their rule in this county for a long, long time, so they’re going to make it as hard as possible for Democrats to take over. There’s no sense of civic responsibility or fair play, no thoughts about a possible future for the party. They’re just throwing some sand in the gears on their way out, proving they’re the party of Trump, just like the mailer said.