In the same post, "Raoul" takes a shot at Republican "conspiracy theorists." Any Republican who takes a series of facts and connects the dots, reaching logical conclusions about the Republican establishment, will be called a "conspiracy theorist" by Raoul. This is a common political tactic - when you can't win on the issues, start calling the other side names. The irony is that "Raoul" himself offers a conspiracy theory of his own this morning, indeed a whopper.
Unlike "Raoul" I'm not going to engage in name-calling. Instead, I'll take his theory and analyze it.
What would be the Democrats' motive for engaging in this behind-the-scenes threat? Helen Marchal had major negatives that would have hampered her campaign. They are:
1) No name ID
2) No money
3) No political experience
3) Close Ties to Brizzi
What would have otherwise been a strength, her experience in the Brizzi-led prosecutor's office, has been turned into a major negative by the events of the past few months. She likely would have been easy for the Democrats to defeat in the Fall. So the Democrats went out and, behind the scenes, forced Helen Marchal to drop out by threatening to go after her husband, leaving the Republicans in a position in which they could possibly recruit a stronger candidate?
The only way this conspiracy could be true is if the local Democrats are the biggest idiots out there. I don't agree with my Democratic friends on most issues, but I'm pretty sure they aren't so so stupid as to run Helen Marchal out of the race by threatening her husband.
I can see how it would be an attractive theory. That after all is the way the Marion County Republican establishment has for years operated. If you challenge their power, they''ll threaten your employment and go after you personally, suggesting they have personal stuff on you they will leak if you persist in challenging their power. Then if that doesn't work, they'll go after the employment of family members.
The only way to stop these despicable tactics is to expose what they're trying to do behind the scenes. That's why I have always preached that change in the Marion County GOP is never going to happen until reform-minded Republicans are willing to speak out publicly and expose the corruption and insider dealing in our party. You'll never defeat the GOP Establishment which has a stranglehold on our party by negotiating behind closed doors. That is their strength. It's when you turn on the lights that the cockroaches scatter.