Rumor has it that former Republican Grant Valentine is preparing to mount a Democratic Party primary challenge against incumbent Senator David Carlucci. Rockland County Democrats are livid at Carlucci for not supporting home-rule legislation for a sales-tax increase and many want him out of office. Valentine ran unsuccessfully in a 2010 Democratic primary against Carlucci.
Valentine is a former Republican who once led the county’s Frederick Douglass Council. Frederick Douglass was a prominent 19th century African-American intellectual and a Republican.