I never bought into the theory that the GOP duped county DA Sandra Doorley into switching parties
. In case you haven’t heard it, the story goes that local Republicans threatened to get a big-name judge (Charles Siragusa is the name I usually hear) to challenge Doorley unless the DA jumped to the GOP.
And Democrats, with a much smaller war chest than Republicans, wouldn’t have the resources for the fight – spelling doom for Doorley.
I don’t buy it because Doorley is smart – she’s a district attorney, for God’s sake — and I don’t believe she’d let herself get played like that.
But I heard an interesting theory yesterday that might explain why Republicans would go after Doorley in the first place – beyond delivering a brutal beat-down to Democrats’ psyche.
Doorley was a popular Democrat with name recognition; the only Democrat, as a matter of fact, in countywide office. And she’s up for election this year – the same year that the county executive’s office is in play.
If Democrats had come out for Doorley in November, they would've almost certainly vote in the executive’s race, too – which could hurt Republican candidate Cheryl Dinolfo’s chances.
It makes sense. And if this was the Republicans’ strategy, my hat’s off to them.