The Other Major Races #WNYVotes

15 Sep

Allen vs. Thompson SD-60

Rory Allen is a smart, young businessman who came to the party with little name recognition, an energized base among the Elmwood Buffalo Rising types, little political experience and less money. He and a small group of people got his petitions together in record time. The plan was to get out the vote in areas that didn’t turn out last time – Thompson and his Grassroots army get the vote out on the East Side of Buffalo consistently and effectively. Allen, however, didn’t raise enough money to compete, and he didn’t really take the fight to Thompson. This was the anti-incumbent year, and the incumbent got away with nary a scratch. It’s good that Rory had a positive message, but it needed a lot more punches, and much more frequent messaging.

Kennedy vs. Stachowski SD-58

Stachowski ran in 2008 promising to be the influential chairman of the senate finance committee – and just you wait at how great that’ll be. But it never happened, thanks to the amigo revolt when the Dem majority couldn’t agree on a leader. Then it went even further down the drain during the coup. To his credit, Stack didn’t join the coup, although Pigeon and Espada were pressuring him to do so. The marriage vote? Democracy broke out in the Senate, but Stack voted against marriage equality. That energized liberals against him. Kennedy ran on a reform platform, but as a county legislator he has something of a flawed and thin resume. He has to take on Jack Quinn III, who is very well liked in the Southtowns. It’ll be the local race to watch, for sure. In the end, Stack tried to stay alive by holding up the state budget to get UB2020 rammed through. It backfired because, after all, he held up the already dreadfully late, horrible state budget.

Domagalski vs. Gallivan vs. DiPietro SD-60

Gallivan claimed victory. Domagalski says, “not so fast”. DiPietro joins the ranks of Lenny Roberto as the newest perennial candidate who takes bad advice from Jim Ostrowski. DiPietro proves that it wasn’t the appeal of tea party dogma that carried the day for Paladino – Paladino’s tough talk and name recognition brought it home for him. If there was some sort of tea party wave sweeping through WNY, DiPietro should have been a shoo-in against the former party boss and the double-dipping former Sheriff. This one is still too close to call, and I wonder how much Paladino’s last-minute endorsement of Domagalski buffeted him to such a competitive showing. Polls released illegally about a month ago showed Domagalski at single digits.

Hoyt vs. Golombek A-144

Sam eked out a victory – his third very tough primary in a row. Golombek conceded that he had lost the Democratic primary, but did not rule out continuing on to November on the Conservative Party line. It’d be sort of swell if the Hoyt-Brown/Pigeon feud would lie dormant for a while so that the mayor and the city’s most powerful Assemblyman could actually work together to do good things for the city. Nah.

Overall, Western New York is now the epicenter of Republican politics in New York State. Nick Langworthy is more powerful and better respected than state committee chair Ed Cox. The question now becomes whether this wave of anger and hatred will resonate with Democrats and Independents, and how effective Stone and Caputo will be in their effort to destroy Cuomo personally and professionally.

8 Responses to “The Other Major Races #WNYVotes”

  1. BobbyCat September 15, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    My rule of thumb: If I don’t hear a peep from any pol until weeks before an election, it means they have been idle. If they are charging hard on some initiative, they’d want to share it. Even if they their bill is blocked or voted down, I want to know about it. Fighting the good fight is….good.

    Only a week ago, Stachowoski aired a commercial telling us how valuable he has been in the legislature. Really.

    Today, I saw the first Quinn commericial about his 5 point plan to…whatever (does it make a difference?) …reshape America. I forgot about the little Quinn. He’s been so quiet for so long I thought he had been kidnapped by Gypsies and sold to Romanian herdsmen.

    I could go on, but I have ice cream in the car. The point is, these last minute commercials are pathetic. It tells me the guy has been a stiff and to vote for his/her opponent.

    On the other hand Kennedy’s commericials were very low key, without any spoken words, IMAGINE THAT!, and stood out by comparison. Somebody put some thought into them. No hard sell, no battering, no insults to the intelligence.

  2. Jim Ostrowski September 15, 2010 at 5:14 pm #

    I try to stay off your BS site but when did Roberto ever take my advice in a campaign?

    Can you ever get a fact straight?

    That other guy I worked for this year did pretty well.

    • Alan Bedenko September 15, 2010 at 5:39 pm #

      Yes, let’s pretend you never had anything to do with Roberto, PC, and that you never helped, supported, or were allied with him!

      Also, GFY. Have a great day!

  3. Jim Ostrowski September 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm #

    OK. He ran against Volker in 2006 and I had zero to do with that campaign other than calling the election for Volker at 9:30 or so.

    He ran for Assemby in 2008 and I grumbled to myself about why he was wasting everyone’s time when DiPietro had a real chance.

    And this year, as is fairly well known, I supported two candidates against him, first, for the state senate and then for Congress.

    Of course, you never admit you are wrong.

    As for the bad advice I gave Dave, what advice was that exactly? Do you tap my cell phone?

    I worked with Lenny in 2005. In 2006, he refused to change the way PC operated so, since then, I have minimized my contact with him.

    • Alan Bedenko September 15, 2010 at 7:33 pm #

      I love your recitations of fringe-wackjob political infighting, and how you’re always the smartest guy in the room. You and Coniglio have quite a fun clubhouse there.

  4. Jim Ostrowski September 15, 2010 at 8:44 pm #

    You’re always the wrongest guy in the room.

    • Alan Bedenko September 15, 2010 at 10:20 pm #

      Says a guy on no-abortion-even-for-rape-or-incest-eminent-domain-enthusiast Paladino’s payroll. Fuck off.

  5. Jim Ostrowski September 15, 2010 at 11:29 pm #

    The subject is–you making crap up.

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