“I really think those guys need a moral compass". That was the quote attributed to Niagara County Legislature candidate Richard Marasco back in September in the Niagara Gazette. Marasco was apparently responding to why he wants to represent the 1st Legislative District.
But this evening Niagara Times has been told that Marasco, barely a month after running a Republican primary against incumbent Jason Murgia, has switched his party affiliation to Democrat.
Technically, the change in affiliation will not impact this election. But the question at hand is why would Marasco change at all, after his previous proclamation of being a "real Republican"? What about the supposed hundreds of Republican doors that he has knocked on, presenting himself as a Republican? Where is the "moral compass" of deceiving the voters barely a month after 150 of them pulled the lever for you?
Let me guess, you just decided to change affiliation today. When you were knocking on all of those doors presenting yourself as a Republican, you had no intention of switching parties.
Unfortunately, this is just part of a bigger problem. As long as New York State allows this cross-endorsing of candidates, we will have to deal with this type of shenanigans. Although it may be legally acceptable, it's morally wrong.