Today is the Democratic primary for mayor of Buffalo, with only 2 candidates in place for the overall election, Councilman Mickey Kearns and Mayor Byron Brown. Besides having a political party and work address in common, both Brown and Kearns began their respective city jobs on the same day.
Endorsements have trickled in for the past few months since the two announced their campaigns, the one conspicuously absent endorsement being that of the Erie County Democratic Committee, headed by Len Lenihan. The committees unwillingness to commit, as reported last June in The Buffalo News, has nonplussed many area Democrats. Somehow, Lenihan’s comment of “…we will support the winner,” made some voters feel less than confident in the committee and the candidates on this side of the race. If the committee couldn’t take a stand, with their vast knowledge, how would they?
Still, others believe that endorsements, from the wrong party or individual, can be a blessing or mean a kiss of death where voters are concerned. The potential for any endorsing party to return for later favors is a prevalent and often real fear among the electorate. Then again, many voters are independent thinkers, not guided by party or endorsement, but the individual track record and qualities of any given candidate.
That said, the following are just some of the endorsements given to each candidate:
Nosotros (Hispanic organization)
Assemblyman Sam Hoyt
Police Benevolent Association
Carl Paladino (developer)
Matthew Ricchiazzi (former potential candidate)
Goin’ South (South Buffalo political organization)
Working Families Party
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo
Congressman Brian Higgins
Andrew Rudnick (Buffalo Niagara Partnership)
Buffalo Teachers Federation
With both candidates throwing around the oxymoron “dirty politics,” what’s left to do? Find your polling place and VOTE!