I have been a member of the Amherst Democratic Committee for over 20 years. This group has done many positive things for Amherst and given us some excellent candidates in the past.
Everything in the world changes and that includes the ADC. The biggest change the ADC has gone through has been the new Chairman, Jerry Schad. Schad is a man who lives in fear of losing the job Dennis Ward gave him in the Legislature.
At the major meeting of the Erie County Democrats where Jeremy Zellner was elected Chairman of the Erie County Democratic Party Jerry Schad came up to me and gave me these directives if I wanted to stay in the ADC:
When the ADC has their monthly meetings I can’t ask any questions during the meeting.
If a member is addressing the group and I know he’s lying, I am to keep my mouth shut.
I can’t do anything that might “prolong” the meeting.
I didn’t agree to any of his inane rules. I simply walked away as he continued spouting out rules I needed to follow if I expected to remain a member of the ADC.
Wednesday evening, 2/20/13, the ADC held a meeting. I spoke a minor word “joke” which didn’t upset the meeting in any way. The committee members voted for a person to be our candidate. Everyone voted in favor of this person.
The meeting ended a few minutes later and as I was putting on my coat, out of nowhere a sweaty, red-faced person appeared in front of me. It was Jerry Schad and he said he knew what I was trying to do with my one word comment. He said I was trying to cause chaos in the meeting.
Schad then began a sort of mantra saying, “Look in my eyes, look in my eyes.” He said it at least four more times and then said he would find a way to quiet me at the meetings. Again I walked away from this scary man who didn’t want to lose the $48,000 job given to him by Dennis Ward.
Jerry Schad has lost his sense of what is really important in life and seems to have made money his GOD. Jerry please take the time to find yourself and not be led down the path to self-destruction.
No member of the ADC should be ordered not to ask questions or not to correct a liar if you know he is lying during any meeting. Jerry Schad’s idea of a well run ADC meeting is have it short with no conflicts.
Jim Tricoli, Editor of Amhersttimes.com