Somewhere, a Republican Woodshed Awaits Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn
- From: JAB <here@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 04 May 2012 22:54:27 -0500
Rochester, NY (March 5, 2012) -- As a long-time observer of Monroe
County politics, one thing this author must admit is that the
Republican Party knows how to play the game. They are consistently
team players: working together to promote their candidates and
respecting the unwritten rules that govern their party?s decisions.
Rarely does a local Republican violate these rules.
What are the rules that have won Republican control of the County
Executive?s office for all but four years and has maintained control
of the County legislature for the past several years? In no particular
1. (The Reagan Doctrine): Do not criticize a fellow Republican.
2. Do not run a primary against a fellow Republican (a corollary to
3. Pay your dues and wait your turn. In other words, be a ?company
man?: learn the ropes, help out, and wait for your turn to come. It
may not -- if it doesn?t, don?t complain.
4. When things get bad, keep your head down and do not bring more
attention to the party. If you have to be a sacrificial lamb, take
your punishment (see rules #1 and #3). Conversely, if people are
pulling your fat out of the fire, do not make it harder for them.
It was this last rule that Sheriff O?Flynn broke: just when his
political allies were taking heat for helping him, he did the one
thing he should not: he took to the airwaves and risked undoing
everything they had done. O?Flynn?s actions are the ideal case study
to direct future Republicans: do not do as he did.