News and Commentary about the City of Hudson, New York
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Always a Democrat?
Mayor Richard Scalera often claims that, although he has been endorsed by different parties over the years and run on different lines, he has always been a Democrat. A Gossips reader recently discovered this interesting document: a twelve-page Republican Party advertising supplement, which appeared in the Register-Star on Friday, November 2, 1973--four days before Election Day that year. In 1973--almost forty years ago--the Republicans were running a pair of fresh-faced candidates in their 20s for aldermen from the Fifth Ward--both named Richard, both with Beatles-inspired haircuts: Richard Goetz and Richard Scalera.
Interestingly, the Republicans' description of their slate in 1973, "A Team for All the People," sounds exactly like what Scalera says about Hallenbeck in his radio ad.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
This blog takes its name from the 1850 novel by Hudson author Alice B. Neal. The original Gossips of Rivertown cast a gimlet eye on Hudson society in the mid-19th century. More than a century and a half later, the new Gossips carries on the spirit of the original, but in a different genre and with a different focus.