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You Only Have to Beat One Person

by on April 10, 2012
David Bellavia

Not being Kathy Hochul could lead to winning a congressional seat. The insipidly prototypical liberal will face a challenge in the erstwhile NY-26 from someone who might be able to beat her by simply not being her.

Just like the biggest appeal for all the Republican doofuses aspiring to be president lies in not holding ideas that are quite as horrid as Barack Obama’s, the district’s House hopefuls ought to run on the opponent’s record. They’re best advised to go negative and stay there. Pointing out her dreary incompetence will be the key to removing Hochul before she can ever get used to calling it the 27th District.

Potential challengers can be remarkably flawed just as long as they are better than the alternative. Yay democracy! One of the specific contenders is pleased that some prominent politicians have recently announced publicly that they’ve joined his cheerleading squad. That should get them invited to all the coolest parties:

On June 26th, voters in new 27th Congressional district will head to the polls to pick the Republican who will go head to head against Congresswoman Kathy Hochul, a Democrat who represents the current 26th district.

The two front runners in the Republican primary are former Erie County Executive Chris Collins and David Bellavia, an Iraq war veteran from Batavia, who in the past week has picked up four endorsements.

“We’re very confident that at the end of this process, of the eight counties, we’ll have the majority of them,” said Bellavia.

What’s the holdup? An aforementioned sadly familiar face is hoping to be the alternative option for the opposition:

Bellavia’s major opponent, Former Erie County Executive Chris Collins, who has a strong voter base in Erie County, says of his campaign, “I don’t think it could be going any better.”

What a non-political answer! This run-up is apparently stocked with petty intrigue, just in case you wonder why more people can’t get excited about who represents them:

A source tells Channel 2 the endorsements might be more about Collins than Bellavia; Political payback for Collins support of former Republican Congressional candidate Jane Corwin, who ran against Rep. Hochul in the 26th district special election.

“There may be some truth in that, but at the end of the day it’s the voters and residents that matter,” said Collins. “If the political insiders line up behind my opponent, to some extent that’s a positive for me.”

Yeah, those insiders are dirtily rotten. Of course, Collins wasn’t an outsider when he was the country’s highest-ranking official, and he’s one now only because he lost. But circumstances are different now because it’s a few months later.

On the other hand, Bellavia didn’t help to keep this district out of Hochul’s hands in the first place. Specifically, he responded to Republican rejection in 2010 by endorsing demented old man Jack Davis to be the Fake Tea Party candidate. Bellavia was understandably upset, but aligning with the third-route dastard still wasn’t the healthiest way to respond.

The bypassed hopeful could at least have been classy enough to stay out of the fray for the party’s good. As it stands, Davis’s punk move helped allow the media to pretend that a lone special election to replace the scummy Chris Lee was somehow an emblematic statement against Paul Ryan’s plan to keep Medicare from wrecking the economy.

Bellavia still might be better than a nonchalant ex-executive who didn’t do much for the notion that “Republican” and “conservative” are synonyms. The GOP faithful know they’ll be at least somewhat disappointed in either possible nominee if they make it to Congress.

But that’s the chief benefit of declining to adulate politicians. Instead of feeling let down that, say, Obama turned out to be a Bizarro Midas who turns gold into dirt, Republicans know that politicians are only the most obvious embodiment of the human tendency to suck up for power. At this point, they’ll settle for representatives who vote to spend at a slightly less fantastical rate.

With that in mind, the non-Hochul possibilities would be marginally okay as long as expectations remain low. Either of the two who hope to be the hopeful would be disappointing but probably not quite as horrid.

It would probably be better to go for the war hero than the guy who managed to brick the layup last November. Of course, either would be preferable to the incumbent. Hochul’s greatest achievement has come in setting such low standards. Welcome to the America established by the man topping her ticket.

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  1. A strategy for backing Jack Davis in 2011 has paid off.

    A message was sent to the Erie County Republican Party. The people decide who the candidate is, not party elite.

    Surely, the Bellavia camp relayed to Mr. Langworthy over this winter/spring or so, the same.

    The results of the Davis pressure and Bellavia relay was exposed in one paragraph in an article found in the Buffalo News article a couple weeks ago. That paragraph acknowledged that ‘things were going to be different this time, we are going to let the people decide who will be the candidate from a primary vote.’

    Hochul’s victory is not a big deal. The Republicans still had the house majority. The district is now even easier to get back.

    What is a big deal is that a far majority of Republicans are still willing to accept endorsements from a representative body whom they don’t even know who those people are. This is what is beyond sad.

    Kudo’s to all those that teamed with Davis for having the courage to take on the system. Bellavia getting to primary is a victory for the people that has its foundation roots planted firmly from backing Davis in 2011.

    Congratulations to Davis, Bellavia, and the Tea Party Coalition of Western New York. Republicans should thank these folks for battling for reform where it matters. In the party.

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