Last week, the voter fraud case in Troy, New York saw embarrassing testimony from a current member of the city Council, Kevin McGrath, who relayed fears of running for public office because of his history of substance abuse, and “the fact that he is a convicted felon”. More shameful was McGrath’s willingness to make light of his felony conviction, stating that he “didn’t make much of a profit”, a comment that prompted an apology from the judge presiding over the case.
Yesterday brought testimony from the former city clerk who allegedly spearheaded the operation, William McInerney. The Democrat admitted his own guilt in the forgery case, while implicating others as well. McInerney testified to preying on people living in public housing saying, “I went to the projects to see if voters would sign the applications and if not I’d forge them.” McInerney officially pled guilty to forgery back in August.
The admission prompted the former mayor of Troy, Republican Harry Tutunjian, to post a scathing statement on Facebook.
I sat in on the voter fraud trial today. I was disgusted to hear the former city clerk admit that he has been forging and voting absentee ballots since at least 2007. What is more disturbing is that he admitted that other council members also forged and voted ballots. They all knew what they were doing. So what did they do when they got caught? They blamed Bob Mirch, they blamed me, and they blamed everyone else.
This gang of admitted and accused criminals made the last two years of my term very difficult. They accused me and members of my administration of criminal acts, bullying, thuggery, you name it. I am not ashamed to say I feel a certain sense of satisfaction in hearing they actually did far worse than what they accused me of. It is a shame that the people of Troy were represented by true criminals that stole the votes of unsuspecting residents for many years.
Bear in mind that eight members of the Democrat party have been indicted, charged, or implicated in the voter fraud scandal. The reference to Mirch coincides with statements from the Democrats in which they tried to collaborate with the Working Families Party to draft a press release which blamed the voter fraud on the former Republican Public Works Commissioner.
Little could Tutunjian have known how prescient his statement would be. “They actually did far worse” played out in an incredible way during today’s courtroom drama. Defense attorney Brian Premo at one point suggested that McInerney could have been charged with several hundred felonies, despite having pled to only one. McInerney was sentenced to 90 days in a Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department work program to avoid jail time.
Several hundred felonies in exchange for testimony and a 90 day slap on the wrist?
Adding insult to injury, McInerney also testified about a drunk driving conviction, had to answer questions about a sexual harassment claim which led to his termination at a job with the New York State Legislature, and having an order of protection issued for stalking his ex-wife.
From the Times Union:
William McInerney, the former city clerk who spearheaded a scheme to steal votes and cooperated with the prosecution of two other Troy Democrats accused of ballot fraud, admitted he was accused of stalking women.
“An old girlfriend stated something along the lines of that,” McInerney said during questioning by Brian Premo, who represents Edward McDonough, one of the two men on trial for allegedly forging ballots in the 2009 Working Families Party primary.
Premo also asked McInerney about an allegation that he stalked his ex-wife. McInerney admitted an order of protection was filed for the alleged stalking.
In regards to the sexual harassment incident, the Union also reported that:
Premo questioned him about his termination from a job at the state Assembly. Premo suggested McInerny lost the job because he accused a female co-worker of getting a job because she performed a sex act on their boss. Premo noted when a gay male co-worker objected to his remark, McInerny told the man he was upset because the man wasn’t involved with the boss.
It is quite the cast of characters that were running the city of Troy between 2007 and 2011.