It’s October. Election season. You live in Suffolk County and want to find out who’s running. So you go to the websites for the two major parties.
The Suffolk County Republican Committee is first. You see the tab marked “candidates” right in the middle of the screen and click on it. And you get a photo of Mitt Romney. And below him, Wendy Long. And the rest of the GOP slate from 2012. There is nary a candidate listed for the 2013 races. Not even a name, never mind a bio.
Suffolk Democrats have their slate online, many with bios. Both Nassau parties — including the Republicans — have their candidates on their websites. And this in a year when every seat in both county legislatures is up for grabs, along with 11 town supervisors and town board seats in all 13 towns.
It’s tough enough for Republicans in Suffolk. They’re losing the fundraising battle on the county level, the county executive is Democrat Steve Bellone, and his party enjoys a 13-5 advantage in the legislature.
The Republicans would love to narrow that gap. A good place to start would be to tell voters who’s running.