Despite a chronic reputation for disregarding the well-trampled line distinguishing public activity from political campaigning, Sen. Jane Orie deserves empathy because the idea that any citizen should have to answer to anyone named Zappala for any conduct involving public affairs is perverse.
It nevertheless deserves mention that Sen. Orie has mailed three, four or even five glossy, full-bleed color flyers to Democrats in her senatorial district, asking for and instructing on write-in votes for the Democratic nomination.
Democrats in that district can not recall similar entreaties from campaigns past (and Sen. Orie's flashing of right-wing gang signals with the repeated use of the semi-literate and fully loaded term "Democrat Ballot" indicates she has little experience or interest in communicating with Democratic voters).
What, then, has occurred recently that would cause Sen. Orie to believe that Democrats are more inclined to vote for her this time around than they were in the past?
In a better world, the number of school district taxpayers, pension plan participants, citizens whose abuse at government hands has been ignored by a prosecutor, municipal taxpayers, wrongly incarcerated children and others afflicted by Zappala-tainted dealings might generate enough backlash to explain Sen. Orie's strategy.
In this world, however, without an explanation, these flyers seem more desperate or daft than worthwhile.