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Churchill: Better days are ahead in Cohoes

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COHOES — Nearly 70 percent of Democrats in this city voted for someone other than Shawn Morse.

That's the takeaway from Tuesday's primary, and it's nothing less than a repudiation of Morse's first term as mayor. Voters in Cohoes were sick of it all — the controversy and the allegations, the bullying and the dishonesty — and, overwhelmingly, they wanted somebody else.

The winner, assuming nothing bizarre happens with outstanding absentee votes, is Bill Keeler, a man as fundamentally unlike Morse as any human could be.

The retired state police major is straight as an arrow, earnest and ethical. He's serious and stoic, maybe a little dull, certainly cautious. With no political experience, he based his campaign on wanting to restore honor and integrity to Cohoes City Hall. That sounded good to voters.

Morse, meanwhile, faces a federal indictment alleging the misuse of campaign funds, with a trial looming. He has been accused of domestic violence. During his long career in Albany County politics, he has proven himself to be a bully who's quick to anger, often dishonest and sometimes reckless.

Yes, Morse can also be charming. Usually, he........

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