Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Garretson To Step Down As Dem Leader


13WHAM News :   the Chairman of the Monroe County Democratic Committee is planning to step down from that post, perhaps as soon as this week. 

Dave Garretson was elected Chairman by party leaders in September 2014. He assumed the role after longtime Chairman Joe Morelle stepped down to focus on his job as the Majority Leader in the New York State Assembly. 


Garretson's election to lead Monroe County's Democrats came with some controversy. On the night of the election, a group of party members led by Assemblyman David Gantt and City Councilman Adam McFadden walked out of the meeting before voting. The sentiment expressed was that many members and communities were not taken into account during the selection and election process. 


"We're Democrats, we're already disagreeing with one another and (that) will continue," Garretson said on the night of his election, while vowing to work to unite the party. "When we disagree please remember, the things we have in common vastly outweigh our differences." 


In January, Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley shocked the county's political landscape by announcing she was leaving the Democratic Party and seeking re-election as a Republican. 


On that day, Garretson released a statement that read in part, "The voters of Monroe County deserve a strong and independent prosecutor. The Democratic Party will be fielding such a candidate this fall." At present, the Democratic Party has not fielded a candidate for D.A. 


Atop the Democratic ticket this fall is former Brighton Town Supervisor Sandra Frankel, who is running for Monroe County Executive for the second time in four years. She will challenge Republican Cheryl Dinolfo, Monroe County's Clerk. 


Sources indicate Garretson will reference personal reasons for his departure, but specifics were not offered. The party's Executive Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday when many expect Garretson to make this announcement. 


Garretson did not return phone calls to 13WHAM News on Tuesday. A spokesperson did not provide comment.

   

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rumour has it he wanted to run his wife for DA.

Anonymous said...

This was also reported on channel 8 news. Unless his wife is a lawyer or has some kind of law enforcement connections it seems like a stretch that he would want to nominate her. It seems more likely that the internal conflicts in the party were the issue. They have tripped up a lot of democratic leaders

SCATS said...

Sadly, many of the comments received on this thread won't be posted due to the usual name-calling, etc.

Anonymous said...

Poor performance? What are the real reasons for his sudden ouster?

Anonymous said...

DAVE GANTT !!!!!!

Anonymous said...

He never won one race as Greece Chairman. Only race he ever won was Slaughter and that was established long before he arrived. But even Dave managed to bring that down to a 869 vote victory, her closest ever.

Anonymous said...

It appears that Dave has some significant health issues according to his FB page

SCATS said...

To 6:55AM ~~ Only the most recent of entries on the MCDC page hint at anything. As Dave knows so well, this is the exact same excuse given by Republicans who quit midway to allow some other person to easily step in. I'm not saying he isn't ill, but I am not sold on it.

Anonymous said...

Dave's ill alright.
Poor Dave's a Democrat in Greece.
Even worse, Dave isn't able to say he's a Democrat.

Anonymous said...

I understand your skepticism but he had a real serious health problem about a year ago so I think that makes it more likely to be true.

SCATS said...

To 6:22PM ~~ The ONLY reference to anything related to health in recent times coincides with the news this week. Up until then, the postings were all "normal."

Anonymous said...

He had a health scare on a cruise in January. Had surgery and on the mend. Note he did not resign then. He was out getting petition signatures the past four weeks. He got 300 so how sick is he to walk to hundreds of homes. He's sick alright, when he saw he only had 61K in the bank and 124 races this fall, that'd what made him sick. If he didn't leave now they were going to trow him out. Waiting for Chairwomen Jamie Romeo to start.

Anonymous said...

Who the hell is Jamie Romeo?

Can she wear Dave's blue suits?

Will Dave collect a government pension?

Anonymous said...

That $61,000 is " house keeping" funds. Those funds are used for office rent, staff salaries and everyday operation. They never contribute a dime to any candidates who run. One reason they can't attract people to run. Your on your own to raise campaigne money. Dave salary is paid from those funds so for you pension watchers no taxpayer monies are involved therefore no Gov't pension for Poor DAVE. He really never had a chance to succeed as Morrelle left them broke and demoralized. Add Gantt's opposition and he had no chance even though he did try hard to make it work. Nice try Dave and good luck.

Anonymous said...

Joe Morelle isn't totally gone. He still plays a big role just quietly. He also never wanted Doorley as DA period.