I really don't know what Niagara County Democratic Chairman Dan Rivera's relationship status is, and frankly I'm not quite sure I want to know. But one thing that is difficult for anyone to refute is Rivera's propensity for less than stellar interaction with women.
We're all quite familiar with the incident in which allegations of physical and verbal abuse were levied against Rivera by former Lewiston Dem Chairwoman Diane Roberts, which lead to her resignation.
We've also touched on the involvement with the Niagara Dems in what turned out to be a front for a sex-slave ring. As you may recall, the Dems received boatloads of campaign cash from the owners of the chain of "massage parlors", and even after they were arrested, the Dems refused to give any of that money back. These were dollars that were made by women who were literally imprisoned and forced to perform sexual acts for money.
In addition, there was Rivera's highly publicized battle with former ally Kelly Taylor, which culminated with Rivera asking the Niagara County District Attorney to investigate the nominating petitions Taylor circulated for former Congressional candidate Jack Davis.
Now, Rivera is going after another woman, and another Democratic woman at that. Rivera has unleashed his attacks on Niagara County Legislator Andrea McNulty, alleging that she doesn't live in the same house she did when she was elected.
Now, I don't know too much about the law that governs this, and frankly, I don't care. She states that she lives in the district she was elected to represent. Until someone with some actual legal standing says different, I'll chalk this up to political rhetoric. The problem, though, is Rivera. He's not waiting for someone with legal standing to issue an opinion, he's going right for the jugular of, you guessed it, another woman.
In today's Buffalo News, he doesn't state something to the effect of "we might want to take a look at this" or "I've heard she may have moved, but I'll let those who are responsible for oversight of these matters to make that determination". Nope, Rivera comes right out with this gem: “My contention is, not only is the office vacant, she’s been defrauding the public. She owes the county back her salary for the months since she moved out of her district.” Really Dan? So you think it's okay to slander someone before anyone actually has any facts on the situation? Or, is it that you think it's okay to slander a woman before anyone actually has the facts on the situation?
I've said it before and I'll say it again: I think women abusers are the absolute lowest form of scum in the human race. I'm not saying Rivera is or he isn't. But if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck...well, you know the rest.
Given Rivera's propensity for going after women, especially Dem women, Renae Kimble best cover her ass. Danny boy just may be looking for his next target. Of course, I'm pretty sure Renae could hold her own in a battle with Dan. In fact, I'd go as far as to say I think she could take him.