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Churchill: Meet Carmella Mantello, queen of the Greens

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TROY — The Democrats and Republicans in this town better watch out, because the Green Party is coming for them this fall.

The Green's nominee for city council president, you see, is a well-known Troy politician with a solid following and a long history in government. She is really going to give those corporatist Republicrats the old heave-ho.

Her name?

Carmella Mantello.

What's that? You say Mantello is a Republican?

Let's see ... Yes, a quick Google check shows you're correct about that. A little more digging reveals that the moderately conservative Mantello disagrees with the quite liberal Greens on most things under the sun, which, by the way, is a wonderful source of renewable energy. (Figured the Greens would appreciate my mentioning that.)

The ideological division has been especially obvious in recent days, when Troy's political world has been consumed by whether the city should become a sanctuary city. Mantello is among the vocal opponents of the move, while the Greens are all for it.

And yet, Mantello will represent the Greens on the November ballot. That makes sense, how?

It doesn't. It is also a source of frustration for the Greens, who, unlike the phony-baloney Independence Party........

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