Collins Concedes

9 Nov

The View from Poloncarz HQ

Long story short: He had fun. Also, “The public has spoken. I don’t quite know what to make of that”.

Right before that quip, Collins wonders aloud that he doesn’t know what else his campaign could have done. I’ll analyze this more – and more in-depth – later, but I think a lot of it had to do with communication and messaging.

Collins was always perceived as aloof and arrogant – he was an asshole, but a lot of people figured, he’s our asshole. But he couldn’t afford not to attend functions where he would listen and speak directly with voters. He stayed away from candidates’ fora, he avoided televised debates (only one was actually shown on TV), and instead kept himself safely ensconced among sycophants both locally and on Fox News.

Make no mistake – this was the Corwin campaign without the Mallia incident.


24 Responses to “Collins Concedes”

  1. Ward November 9, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    And the Corwin campaign with a way better looking spouse.

  2. DJ November 9, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    What I took away from his concession speech was that he is really worried about his poor staff of “20 – somethings”. Don’t worry Chris, I’m sure they will all betaken care of…

    In addition to him coming off as the arrogant jerk he is, IMO Stefan M’s incessant whining didn’t do him any good either.

  3. New Smyrna November 9, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    I listen to the Collins concession speach and did I miss it when he said “congratulation”?

  4. Fat Tony November 9, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    I said to a friend a week or so ago Collins needs a commercial where he shows some measure of humor and the ability not to take himself so seriously since the narrative was he might have done a good job but he’s an asshole. Then I saw the concession and realized he’s totally incapable of laughing at himself at all. The twenty-something wonder boys who also fucked up the Corwin race obviously didn’t do him any favors with this concession speech.

    Lack of grace in defeat means he is not only finished now but will never have a second act. I hope Mark Poloncarz leaves the best of Collins alone, undoes the really dumb stuff like the child care issue and moves this community forward.

  5. Good Grief November 9, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    The unfortunate thing is that I don’t think many people elected Poloncarz because they like him for County Exec. Its just that Collins has been that bad, ideologically, politically and personally.

    I voted for Poloncarz, but I have to say that I wish I had more hope for a good County Exec. It has been so long since I have had a City Mayoral or County Executive candidate to get excited over. Its depressing. When is there going to be a shift in politics as usual around here.

  6. jhorn November 9, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    Couldn’t even manage a pro forma congratulatory phone call to Mr. Poloncarz, classless to the end. Don’t think the transition will go well.

  7. MJC November 9, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    For all his vaunted financial advantages, I was surprised to see that Collins seemed to have the same number of commercials, ads and signs as the Poloncarz campaign. This signals to me one of two realities:

    (1) Collins grossly underestimated how much he needed to do in order to defeat Poloncarz (and this is further evidenced by the dearth of public appearances); or

    (2) Collins simply didn’t care enough about winning to spend that money or time. He completely half-assed this election and allowed the Poloncarz team to outclass him on every level.

    After both this and the Corwin campaigns, I would have to imagine that local Republicans are glad to be rid of these underachieving douchebags.

  8. Good Grief November 9, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    Well maybe he ran his campaign like a business… 😉

  9. Mr. F.N. Magoo November 9, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    Watching Collin’s concession speech, I couldn’t escape the impression that we won’t have him to kick around anymore. He really seemed hopeful that things will go hideously wrong so we can see how right he was.

  10. peteherr November 9, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    He did quote the Cub Scout motto in his concession speech. Points for that, right?

  11. STEEL November 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    That would be right our of the current GOP playbook

  12. Fat Tony November 9, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    Considering I don’t follow much in the towns but found BP’s stuff on Clarence pretty interesting, what the hell happened there last night? What this a complete surprise?

    • Alan Bedenko November 9, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

      Too early to tell. Is it a surprise? Not necessarily. It reveals that the only way a Democrat can run in a Republican stronghold is to get a 3rd party line that isn’t the WFP. For a variety of reasons, none of them really about governing or substance, Bylewski was unable to secure the IP or CON line.

      In fact, I’d argue that the IP’s hand is weakened in Erie County given Poloncarz’s win. We’ll see how that plays out.

  13. John Weiss November 9, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    Gads! I’ve never heard of this guy but he *looks* like an asshole. Glad you all got rid of ’em!

  14. James Meyers November 9, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    Mr Collins as I look at the RATH Building it looked like a Political Grave Yard, Yes you treated people like shit since you were Elected. People were tired of feeling like you were a KING and you your Commisioners thinking everyone was your SERVANTS. You begged for the people to help your Commisioners ,your help ! SCREW you , You POS you didnt care about the people you layed off from the County, The Libraries doing with out with other things as well being cut, So fFUCK your people they are just as worthless as you are.

    So in ending this Collins you have been FIRED!

  15. John K. November 9, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    I think first off that Collins won four years ago mainly because his opponent, Jim Keane, was a weak candidate. Voters wanted someone “new”, and Keane had been around Erie County politics for decades. Democrats should have won in 2007 just like Dennis Gorski won, because the County was so badly mismanaged under a Republican Executive. Then you look at Collins’ record; while he didn’t have a major scandal there were a great number things that were poorly done with NO admission of culpability or change. I think of the Holding Center, the WIC program, the culturals and libraries, and the lack of compliance with legally required reporting. Then lastly you look at the lazy, poor campaign Collins ran. This really should have been his victory, but he took it all for granted and showed that his arrogant public persona has a basis in truth. Good riddance!

  16. Interested Citizen November 9, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

    There was another vague comment in his consession speech that was interesting. He said he is staying here in WNY (darn!). The Corwins are moving to NJ, so what he was probably doing was taking a shot at them. And the
    Rep establishment is already meeting to figure out how to get rid of Langworthy — so much for the boy wonder!

  17. Hank November 9, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    When is there going to be a shift in politics as usual around here.

    The R Party in EC is a joke. a drop of red in a sea of blue within the county.

    NOBODY is going to vote for someone who threatens an end to the Gravy Trains that prop up all Civil Service Jobs, Welfare Programs, and the like. So the answer is, Even if a squeaky clean, intelligent, affable, and experienced candidate appeared, They would get just as many votes as Tarquin Lim Bim Fim Bin Bus Stop Ftang Ftang Olay Biscuit Barrel, of the Very Silly Party.
    No votes at all—not a sausage—BUGGER ALL!

  18. jimd November 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

    I never listen to Tom Bauerle except for days like this and he didn’t disappoint. What a jerkoff. If he is in any way indicative of the local Republican party, they will always be a red drop in a sea of blue. Talk about being tone deaf!

  19. Rob November 9, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

    @18: Collins ran in 2007 on a platform of smaller government, lower taxes, running government like a business, etc., and won by almost 2:1, thereby replacing the previous Republican CE, who ran on basically the same platform. Thanks for continuing your unbroken streak of never saying one true thing on this blog.

  20. MJC November 9, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

    Bauerle is little more than a poor copy of whatever is currently working on AM talk radio. He used to be mostly about light talk, typically reminiscing about Buffalo memories or something. Then we was told to imitate Rush Limbaugh when that was the big thing. Then, when Glen Beck blew up, he was told to double down on the insane talking points and imitate Beck.

    If, for some reason, Rachel Maddow becomes a radio superstar, you’re going to soon see Bauerle pretending he is a lesbian. He is completely unlistenable.

  21. Peter A Reese November 9, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

    Collins was the right candidate for the right time in 2007, but he really is an overrated empty suit and this time it showed.    He treated all county employees like they were the enemy and displayed open contempt for Buffalo residents.     He had no choice but to hide from people campaigning because he is thoroughly out of touch with the commoners.      Given his numerous shortcomings, the election was closer than it should have been, and Poloncarz almost dragged Whyte in on his coattails.     I will miss Sick Sigma the most, as I have almost attained my fuchsia belt.

  22. RaChaCha November 9, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    So has anyone heard from ol’ Doc Maelstrom in all this–? Will the Collins people release him from the dungeon as part of the transition–?

  23. King Kong November 10, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    Mark Poloncarz is one classy guy, a heartfelt salute to Collins even when Colllins wouldn’t call to congratulate him or mention his name in his concession speech. Dignity trumps ego in Mark’s case and it’ll be good to have that in a County Executive.

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