Hi, there. I write a blog.

7 Nov

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Well, I lost. Matter of fact, I got creamed.

It’s not fun working that hard – and having others work that hard for you – and losing, but that’s what happens.

We awaken this morning with a new County Executive and a re-shaped legislature.

I awaken this morning very tired, disappointed, but looking forward to a new day. Everyone’s been very supportive and it’s been gratifying to have many, many people come up to me and thank me for running, and congratulate me on a good effort in a very uphill race. It’s quite an experience, the whole thing.

Like dropping lit at 9pm in a torrential downpour the night before election day. Six of us did that, and it absolutely sucked. There is no way one I can truly express my appreciation to people who will go out in the cold rain and do that for me.

Yesterday, I was out at 7am handing lit out in Cheektowaga. I was surprised to see that my opponent’s people had put eleven signs out front. I had two. Eleven? “Gee, Marge, I don’t know who I’m gonna vote for. Well, that guy has more signs at a 5:1 ratio, so I’ll go with him”. There was a bitterly cold wind blowing, and it was an awkward position because people were coming into the polling place from two separate parking lots, so I was shuffling between the two.

I returned to Amherst HQ on Wehrle around 9, and by this time BuffaloGeek had joined me. We were sent out to pull turnout numbers from Amherst polling places, and we did that & called them in.

We tuned in to Bauerle, and heard he was doing a remote broadcast from DeLacy Ford in Elma. It was decided that we would try to crash the party and get on-air, since he was talking election. Down we drove, encountering that sleety stuff that looks like snow but hurts when it hits your skin. There, in a corner, was Bauerle doing his show. I don’t know if he recognized me right away, but the penny dropped after about a minute, and he said, “I think we have a candidate here”. He gave me a couple of questions about my race, we made a joke about Bill O’Loughlin (I’m fed up!), and we milled about a bit longer until he went to break and we could properly greet & thank him.

By this time the weather had really turned, and the car did some spinning on its crap summer tires on the way back on the I-90. The rest of the day was filled with phone calls, checking turnout figures through Clarence, voting around lunchtime, and white-knuckling it on rapidly deteriorating wintry road conditions and aforementioned crap tires.

I stood out front of a Cheektowaga polling place starting at 4pm, and it was much colder and raining on and off. I was good there for about an hour before I bailed because there weren’t a lot of people coming in, (and many of those who were were blowing me off), the rain was worsening, and I figured there might be something more to do.

I left Amherst HQ and got some more turnout figures, and grabbed some dinner to have with my family at home before heading downtown for the big Ellicott Square party. Babysitter came by at 8, and we were downtown at 8:30. Within 10 minutes of the polls closing, Joe Crangle had called it for Collins on Channel 4. I was interviewed by WNED’s Mike Desmond live on air, Geek interviewed me for my beloved WNYM, and Chrissy Casilio (whom I had met at last week’s Clarence candidates’ forum) interviewed me for WBEN. My wife and I chatted with her for quite a while, and she’s a very bright young woman with a huge future.

Kathy Hochul demolished the nasty O’Loughlin. Keane gave a very heartfelt speech. David Rivera, who won the Niagara District Council seat, came with a festive, impromptu Puerto Rican day parade.

I wasn’t really in any mood to give any kind of speech, and it was getting late (11pm was as late as I wanted to be there), and the numbers – at first halted by a BOE computer glitch – weren’t looking any better once the glitch was fixed. Plus, I argued – I don’t see any other legislative candidates giving any speeches.

But I relented just before 11, and they got me up on stage with Mike LoCurto, Tom Loughran, Maria Whyte, Betty Jean Grant, Lynn Marinelli, and Kathy Konst. These speeches were short & sweet, so at least I had a template with which to work. Len Lenihan gave me a really wonderful introduction, and I gave a short speech acknowledging how uphill my battle was, and that no one said it would be easy. I thanked my wife, my supporters & campaign workers, and the people downtown who helped me out. I heard my voice booming across the hall, and figured I have to work on my impromptu speechifying in this setting.

The WNYMedia boys and girl were doing an amazing job last night, getting extensive on-camera interviews with just about everyone, and the stream not only worked, it worked well and it worked on my Mac. That’s pretty big. Huge difference compared with last year.

So, 72 – 28% is a rout, but I fought a good, honest fight, and I made my opponent take notice. Maybe next time.

Thank you guys for your support, criticisms, and comments.

36 Responses to “Hi, there. I write a blog.”

  1. steve November 7, 2007 at 7:19 am #

    You did something most of the rest of us don’t have the stones to do…put your name (and thus your life and reputation) on a ballot. You did it with class and a sense of humor.

    Be very proud of that.

    Congratulations.

  2. Terry November 7, 2007 at 7:41 am #

    You came, you saw, you failed to conquer…but you fought the fight and gave voters a choice…..that’s what it is all about. And, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again…..

  3. Buffalo Blood Donor November 7, 2007 at 7:43 am #

    Alan,

    You’re probably about a generation ahead of the using using the Internet as a primary method of getting the word out, but you set a good example of what is to come. You did a great job educating at least a few people on how informational the Internet medium can be about uncovering and detailing the issues rather than bloviating or broadbrushing them – as is done in most other media.

    Even though you came out on the wrong side of a landslide I want to thank you, Jim Keane, O’Laughlin and others for losing so badly that all of the big races were called by, oh, 9:10 and I was able to go to bed early.

    BBD

  4. Jefferson November 7, 2007 at 8:01 am #

    If at first you don’t succeed…….

  5. Mike Miller November 7, 2007 at 8:21 am #

    Alan, I second Steve’s comments. There’s no shame in losing… just don’t let it deter you from trying again.

  6. Bill Altreuter November 7, 2007 at 8:44 am #

    I hope you take another whack at it too. Politics ain’t beanbag, but you got out there and worked hard at it. Just the fact that you were prepared to do that should work to keep the system a bit more honest.

  7. Chris Duggan November 7, 2007 at 8:53 am #

    Congrats on a hard fought campaign.

  8. hank November 7, 2007 at 9:36 am #

    Alan
    You have my congratulations on a well waged campaign.
    There’s never any shame in losing when you know you ran a above board campaign on the issues, and gave the Sheeple a chance to make a change.
    I was really hoping that the voters would treat their rectal cranial inversion and put a fresh face in the leg, but I should have known better.
    This shit keeps up, when I “come home for good”, it will be at Forest Lawn. They ain’t burying me here. If that’s all the NY Property I’m ever gonna own, so be it.
    Better luck next time Pal

  9. Andrew Kulyk November 7, 2007 at 9:46 am #

    Alan… years from now when candidate hopefuls use the interent as a primary tool of executing all campaign elements, they will look back on WNYM, your online presence and campaign tactics as the marker of how to do it right.

    I was proud to help out on your campaign… I was very disappointed in the outcome, I thought we’d do better.

    The weather was a perfect storm for the Repubs.

    I’m collecitng up your signs in Cheektowaga… gotta store them for the rematch in ’09!

    The best.

  10. Kevin Hardwick November 7, 2007 at 9:48 am #

    It’s very easy to sit in the stands and heckle the players on the field. You did something most people never do. You got down on the field and gave it the good fight. The fact that you fell short should not detract from this accomplishment. Congratulations, Alan. I’m proud of you.

  11. Russell November 7, 2007 at 9:50 am #

    I’m sure you learned a whole lot from this experience and I hope you won’t squander that. You worked hard, but this probably wasn’t the right race for you. If there is a future run, and I hope there is, I think you would be much better served if you ran more as an outsider. That’s how people win in districts where enrollment is stacked against them.

    For now, enjoy the extra time you’ll probably find yourself with and enjoy much more time with your family. They deserve it.

  12. Russell November 7, 2007 at 10:02 am #

    No doubt you learned a whole lot from this experience and I hope you won’t squander that. You worked hard, but this probably wasn’t the right race for you. If there is a future run, and I hope there is, I think you would be much better served if you ran more as an outsider. That’s how people win in districts where enrollment is stacked against them.

    For now, enjoy the extra time you’ll probably find yourself with and enjoy much more time with your family. They deserve it.

  13. STEEL November 7, 2007 at 10:04 am #

    You shouldn’t have come out against sprawl. That’s not your constituency. 🙂

  14. Russell November 7, 2007 at 10:04 am #

    Sorry for the two posts. It didn’t show the first time.

  15. Jim Ostrowski November 7, 2007 at 10:07 am #

    You deserve a lot of credit for giving the voters a choice and at least one new idea that stands out: using open source software.

    I’ve been there; I know how you feel.

    But congratulations are still in order.

  16. lulu November 7, 2007 at 10:22 am #

    Thank you for your service to our community, BP. Enjoy some time with your family and friends and add this experience to the long list of cool things you have done while on this earth.

    Oh, yeah, and change those tires!

  17. jen November 7, 2007 at 10:32 am #

    I hope you try again.

  18. Michele Johnson November 7, 2007 at 12:03 pm #

    Im very proud of you.. 🙂

  19. Fed-Up in WNY November 7, 2007 at 12:26 pm #

    Sorry I’m getting to this conversation late, but better than not at all. 😉

    If no one knows how or what goes into running an election, your viewers have seen it through you. From experience, it takes a lot of money, a lot of time and a lot more than just your friends’ help & support to win.

    Instead of sitting back you did what most can’t or won’t (hadn’t had opportunity), you put your name on the ballot. Taking a stand like that is worth more than just blogging about what should change in Erie County. With your 4,522 vote last night, Congradulations from Southbuffaloblogger and I. 😉

  20. Mike Walsh November 7, 2007 at 1:27 pm #

    I would look at your campaign experience as an investment in marketing. You now have name recognition and that’s half the battle. The odds were against you from the start, almost overwhelmingly so. I think the results were pretty decent considering that.

  21. LC Scotty November 7, 2007 at 1:31 pm #

    Alan,

    I thought you did very well, and you are now one of the few who can stand up and say that they really did try and fix things instead of just bitching. I hope you do consider another run.

  22. Jenn November 7, 2007 at 1:47 pm #

    You ran a good race, Alan. As a resident of Erie County, I’m grateful to you for challenging the status quo. I’m sorry you didn’t win.

  23. WIGS November 7, 2007 at 3:16 pm #

    BP, at least you put the effort forth. You got almost 1/3 of the vote which isn’t too bad against an entrenched incumbent.
    I was rooting for ya even though I can’t vote (Canadian student and all). I hope you run again and kick his butt outta office.

  24. Hawk (Not Hank) November 7, 2007 at 5:44 pm #

    BP, You should be proud of our effort and that over 4,000 people voted for you. Hell, you got almost as many votes as some winning legislators in Buffalo. You just got caught up in the Collins tidal wave in an area that came out to vote for the Republican. Any other district and you would have had a much higher percentage.

    You talked issues and brought up problems with Ranzenhofer. Maybe he will be a better legislator for it (though doubt that).

    Good job and I think this isn’t the last time we will see your name on the ballot, at least I hope so.

  25. Chris from OP November 7, 2007 at 5:45 pm #

    Try maybe getting the Independence or Working Family’s nods next time….

  26. Buffalo Hodgepodge November 7, 2007 at 9:01 pm #

    Alan: 1. You are the man. 2. The other angle to your story that was poorly covered is the fact that you are a Buffalo import. If people from here and who claim such loyalty to the region were as steadfast in their active engagement with the community as you, an immigrant to our region, are — WNY would be a much better place.

  27. sayvanderlay November 7, 2007 at 9:53 pm #

    What everyone else said. CE in 2015!

  28. BobbyCat November 7, 2007 at 10:32 pm #

    Two words:

    1) Plastics

    2) Name recognition…as in Ranzenhoffer.

    You fought the good fight. Congrats.

    ok, 15 words.

  29. Christina Abt November 8, 2007 at 6:33 am #

    In the depths of a losing election night and in the gray of the following dawn, there is no way to feel good about giving every ounce of yourself to a cause and being rejected.

    But about three months into the new term when county government is in political gridlock and you are still able to make a difference from the outside in….you will realize that perhaps the loss was really a victory for you and for the community that you will continue to serve in your very special pundit way.

    Take heart and keep fighting the good fight!

  30. Kevin Pritchard November 8, 2007 at 10:35 am #

    Alan, you’ve done a great service to the community here, but you add to the list of people dispelling the myth that bloggers just sit back, rip people from the comforts of their living room, and add nothing to society.

    I know it’s overplayed and a bit hackneyed, but as Teddy Roosevelt said:

    The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

    Too many people refuse to take risk for fear of failing. You are not one of them, and you should be proud.

  31. BuffaloRox November 8, 2007 at 1:13 pm #

    BP,

    Congrats on running in a campaign in a district where everything was stacked against you. The silver lining for the rest of us is that you will now hopefully have more time to blog. Any new cars got your attention?

    BR

  32. BuffaloGeek November 8, 2007 at 7:34 pm #

    As one of those unfortunate six that was out with Alan the night before the election, the memory of that evening I will have is not being in the rain, but sharing a beer and a laugh afterwards.

    Alan, you are a good man who ran an honest campaign. There is much to be proud of after this experience. Sure, things could have gone better, more money could have been raised, more hands could have been shaken, but it doesn’t matter. You made an effort, the best that you could. You put your reputation on the line and subjected yourself to constant badgering on your blog. 🙂

    In the end, you might have failed to win office, but you gained the respect of the community and built a platform from which to run in the future. When you do, I will be there to support you every step of the way. You are my friend and I am proud to know you.

    Congratulations on a well fought race.

  33. George Stevenson November 8, 2007 at 10:01 pm #

    Alan:
    Stay at them. Stay motivated. You will make a difference.

  34. Greg November 10, 2007 at 12:42 pm #

    in an area where incumbents rarely lose, for someone to come in with little to no name recognition and run a grassroots campaign I wouldn’t say it was too bad of a result

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