CLIFTON PARK Dale Kelley, a longtime Clifton Park resident who had planned to challenge incumbent Town Supervisor Phil Barrett in a fall primary, has suspended his campaign. Kelley, who has lived in the town for almost four decades, sought to override the Clifton Park Republican Committee s selection of Barrett, whom they endorsed unanimously in March. Barrett also won the endorsement of the Conservative and Independence parties. But on Friday, Kelley said that the main reason he decided to end his bid was due to lack of funding.
I know I m disappointing people and letting them down, but it s a choice I have to make, he said. Kelley, a New Hampshire native, has held various town government posts. He was elected to the Clifton Park Town Board in 1989 and served as deputy supervisor from 1992 to 1995.
As of May 26, he said the money for his campaign was only trickling in, and that he was not confident he would be able to raise enough to go up against the big guns, of GOP establishment. He estimated he would have needed around $25,000 to $30,000 in order to facilitate a viable campaign. But Kelley, who just a few weeks ago said he was prepared to be the underdog in the race, said he s now trying to be as realistic as possible.
It s a hard decision. It has been very difficult for me, Kelley said, noting that the choice came after conversations with friends, family, and advisers.
I m just getting the sense that people are supportive, but they don t want to open their wallets and their pocketbooks, he added. Despite the abrupt end to his campaign, he insisted he isn t going anywhere anytime soon. Kelley, whose platform included developing a long-term spending plan for the town, increasing transparency and collaboration, and implementing term limits, said he continues to believe Clifton Park has room to grow. He said he thinks that the town is in good shape overall but was missing some crucial opportunities for improvement. In the past, Kelley has described the town as reactionary, and, penny-pinching, opting to deal with issues as they come up as opposed to crafting a plan in advance.
I certainly won t be crawling under a rock, he said.
He suggested Clifton Park residents stay vigilant and involved in town affairs.
Don t assume that everything is as rosy as it might seem, he added.
Kelley affirmed there is no bad blood between Barrett and him, adding that he recently wished Barrett the best going forward. Barrett confirmed the conversation and said he expressed to Kelley that the town administration is always open to suggestions.
If anybody has any ideas or ways to improve the town, we re always eager to receive that input, Barrett said.
News in Brief
May 30, 2017
Ohio’s highest court has upheld a warrantless search of a high school student’s unattended book bag, ruling that such searches are justified by schools’ obligation to keep students safe in the era of the Columbine and Sandy Hook campus attacks. The state supreme court held this month that the search by a school security officer of a backpack left on a school bus was not unreasonable. The book bag belonging to Joshua Polk, a student at Whetstone High school in Columbus, was first given a cursory search by security officer Robert Lindsey to determine who owned it and ensure that it was not dangerous. Recalling a rumor that the student was involved with a gang, Lindsey conducted a more-thorough search that revealed bullets. A police officer joined Lindsey in finding and searching Polk, which turned up a handgun in another bag the student had with him.
Polk was charged with gun-possession crimes. His lawyers said the initial search of the unattended bag was permissible, but the more-thorough search based on the rumor of Polk’s gang affiliation was unjustified.
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For the second time in as many years, Turkish security officers attacked Turkish protesters and other bystanders in Washington, DC. Last year, the venue was the Brookings Institution, where members of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan s entourage tried to forcibly remove invited guests and journalists whom they believed might ask tough questions. That the guards came prepared to intercept certain people shows a degree of planning that makes what already was a bad situation even worse.
Turkey s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves as he arrives at the entrance to the West Wing to meet with President Donald Trump at the entrance to the West Wing of the White House in Washington, May 16, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts. This year, the attack happened outside the Turkish ambassador s home, where the Atlantic Council had handpicked a friendly audience to engage with Erdogan. The video of the attack is disturbing and appears to show Erdogan watching the charge of some security guards into the crowd to beat, strangle, and stomp on demonstrators. Unlike at Brookings, videos show not only security guards involved in the melee, but also at least one journalist from Turkey s state-controlled outlets like Anadolu Agency.
At the very least, every Erdogan guard accompanying the president on his trip to Washington should be blacklisted from the United States for life. Fool me once, fool me twice, but do not fool me a third time.
The initial State Department response was weak. Yes, many in Erdogan s entourage have diplomatic immunity, but diplomatic immunity can be waived. And if the Turkish ambassador chooses not to do so, there can be consequences such as declaring certain officials persona non grata and demanding they leave Washington. Turkish journalists who participated in the ruckus should face their day in court and, if found guilty, should serve their sentence in prison for assault. And, at the very least, every Erdogan guard accompanying the president on his trip to Washington should be blacklisted from the United States for life. Fool me once, fool me twice, but do not fool me a third time. The problem here is deeper than a single incident. As the antics of Erdogan s aides and the Turkish Embassy in Washington escalate and if the State Department does nothing significant to address the problem Washington could one day soon see a situation reminiscent of the 1984 Yvonne Fletcher murder in London. In that case, a British police woman securing a protest at the Libyan Embassy to the United Kingdom was shot and killed by a gunmen from inside the embassy who was shielded by Libyan claims of immunity. Congress is also at fault. Congressmen and senators joining the Congressional Turkey Caucus through their membership endorse Erdogan s actions.
With regard to autocrats, weakness encourages misbehavior. No longer is the issue Turkish diplomatic sensitivity. When it comes to Americans safety at home, security and lawfulness are issues the State Department should never sacrifice.
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