11/12/15 10:00am
Supervisor Jim Dougherty in a Shelter Island Reporter file photo.

Supervisor Jim Dougherty in a Shelter Island Reporter file photo.

Codger was roused last week when just before the election our once and future supervisor railed lustily against the specter of outside Republican money threatening to turn the East End into a “financial slush pit” to buy politicians. Jim Dougherty knows how to crank up the amps. But Codger was also pleased when a friendly Republican gently advised Dougherty to turn it down lest he damage the fragile ecosystem of bipartisanship on Shelter Island. It sounded like pragmatic advice, a balance to Dougherty’s warning, which contained a valuable and ominous lesson for the future: All politics is local until it turns national.  (more…)