GOP Supporters Have to Be Paid to Show Up

We know it’s a little chilly in Watertown right now, but we have to think that if we were running for office, we could get a few friends and allies to come out and show some support… of their own volition.


Not so for the GOP candidate in the 48th Senate District.

Today, the Syracuse Post-Standard reported that one of this candidate’s strongest supporters, the state prison guards union, is offering to pay its members $150 (and a jacket!) to attend an endorsement rally. The head of the union said the incentive would “throw a little bone” to members.

Among those who found themselves scratching their heads at the news were the State Board of Elections, Common Cause NY, NYPIRG, and of course, all of us here at the NYDems.

We know Republicans in New York are a shrinking breed—but their numbers must be smaller than we thought, if budgets allow dropping $150 a head for their supporters.

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