Tantalizing. Christine Carrie Fein speculates in the print edition of City Newspaper whether the Monroe County GOP put up an appealing and credible candidate for District Attorney as a purely strategic move.
Not because they had more than a modest expectation they'd win, but to force Joe Morelle to spend money, time and effort on a DA's race that should have been his from Day 1.
Was that the reason? Certainly it had that effect. The County Democratic Committee had to focus on preserving its grip on the DA's office. It could mount a truly full-scale effort in a only a single County Legislative district, to save Morelle protege Vincent Esposito. (All along Dem HQ planned no more than a perfunctory effort in the County Executive's race.)
We don't think Ms. Fein's speculation represents an either-or proposition. Republicans ran Bill Taylor because he was a great candidate who could mount a competitive, even winning race for an open seat. Were they aware that doing so gave them a rope-a-dope strategy, to minimize Democratic effectiveness in the County Legislature and County Executive races? Absolutely.
Our 2011 Election Analysis continues, with more County Legislative races up next.