Originally Posted by Old Dude
Sorry it took so long to get back.
As per your most recent points, here are my disagreements:
1. Anyone running for political office, as far as I'm concerned, is a politician. If they weren't before, they are now.
2 and 3. I've got to assume that if the DA had any goods on other members of the staff, they'd have been prosecuted as well. Not only that, but, at least in my experience, whenever someone gets caught abusing public office, no one is angrier than the rank and file staff who view it as a smear on their own hard work - just as you view them here. I fully expect the new admin to tow a careful ethical line and especially if they are Dems.
4. It's no surprise that the people in office have been the ones involved in scandals, whereas the party out of power hasn't. That's sort of a tautology.
All that said, I imagine that you'll be happy when election day is done, because there's no doubt that the Dems took a beating over this.
On Point #1, you may be right. I hope not, but there is indeed a big system that pushes them that direction. It's why the occasional iconoclastic candidate is so valuable in tearing those systems down.
On Point #2/3, I would disagree on a couple of points. First, the DA has not aggressively pursued prosecution against any county staff or elected officials. Heck, he's friends with them. And second, the current commissioners are trying to entrench the senior staff to cover their tracks when they're gone. A new administration is going to have all sorts of trouble getting the old staff out, and the senior staff are the problem. There's no way the Democrats tackle this, which leaves the Republicans to do it.
On Point #4, it's certainly possible, and easy to assume if you don't know the people. But how about at least slowing down the momentum of the party that's in power by tearing down their machine for a few years? And like I said, the two Republican candidates are NOT corrupt. I can verify that personally. (And again, I'm not a Republican.)
I appreciate the discussion. I'm really looking forward to the election, because it'll either tell me that Adams County is willing to fix its government, or it'll be a confirmation that the residents don't care about corruption and the theft of taxpayer dollars. If it's the first, we're on our way. If it's the second, I'll at least know that I've done everything I could to fix it, and I'll walk away and let the crooks resume their activities.