Okay, here it is in black and white about what Maureen Judge supporters think about the supposedly non-partisan City Council election:
I have no doubt that Maureen is intelligent, caring, and laser-focused on the politics of winning an election. But how interested, really, is she in local affairs? I bet she couldn't care less about the traffic on my street (not enough voters), or about issues that matter to my school (too local).
Why doesn't she run for state legislature, or Congress? I might vote for her. But if she wins the City Council election, who's going to represent me on zoning issues or traffic or parks?
The Internet is changing everything, including politics, to be hyper-individualized and hyper-local. Maureen is taking a logical step -- use non-local money and national issues to convince voters they can trust her. In the long, long run, that won't work, as online tools like Facebook make it ultra-easy for local/individual issues to trump national ones. In a few years, a newcomer supported mostly by outside interests will be ignored.
Meanwhile this election will be an interesting test. Can Mike Cero, with his close personal connections to Islanders, trump somebody whose only relationship to voters is their party affiliation?
Bonus question: what would happen if Maureen campaigned openly as a Democrat? Would she gain or lose more votes overall?