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A-144: A Chance To Oust Sam Hoyt?

by on July 23, 2010

Sam Hoyt has survived a pretty nasty election year scandal, so clearly, party loyalty makes his job quite safe. But this year’s election is shaping out to at least be interesting enough that Hoyt might have some vulnerability. For one thing, there’s Joe Golombek, who is not only facing Hoyt in the Democratic Primary, but has the Conservative Party endorsement.  His signature collection effort atleast indicates some interest in that thing called “change” we heard a lot about in a recent national election. So, Golombek will be on the ballot in November regardless.

Then there’s Brian Biggie, the Republican-endorsed candidate in the race. It is somewhat comforting the Republican Party is taking more of an interest in this race than the Buffalo  mayoral race, so at least there is that. Biggie sees the three-way race as a sign of promise for his campaign.

“Contrary to what some may believe, we have the advantage. Voters are clamoring for something different than the same old political games of hollow promises and paybacks. My campaign has the benefit of a unified call for change and I can honestly say my primary devotion is to the residents of the 144th Assembly District and not my ambition to get re-elected, or settle a score.”

Biggie has  point, but it will be no easy contest. But, he has some things going for him. There’s an anti-incumbancy sentiment sweeping the nation, and here in New York State, people are getting fed up with the rampant corruption in Albany. Sharing a ballot with Hoyt and Golombek helps, but he’ll need support from Democrats as well, and that will be the toughest part of his battle to oust Sam Hoyt.


From → A-144, Campaign 2010

  1. Sam Hoyt has survived a pretty nasty election year scandal, so clearly, party loyalty makes his job quite safe.

    I find that it helps to be informed.

    In this case, when Sam Hoyt’s nasty election year scandal broke, he was in a primary race against Democrat Barbra Kavanaugh. When he defeated Kavanaugh, there was no Republican to run against him. It’s the West Side of Buffalo. Not Williamsville.

    So, “party loyalty” is analysis fail.

    Also, it’s “Golombek”, who is also a Democrat, and endorsed by Grassroots and Steve Pigeon. I’m surprised that a Republican would say supportive things about a Pigeon Democrat.

  2. Being informed would be helpful, I agree.

    Sam Hoyt did have a Republican challenger in that election.

    I am surprised someone so “informed” didn’t know that.

  3. The fact that no one remembers his Republican challenger’s name speaks for itself. Hoyt’s race was won the moment he won the primary. Any general election “battle” he may have faced after September was purely academic.

    Ferrentinomentum, alas, never took hold against the incumbent Dem whom even the Buffalo Niagara Partnership endorsed.

  4. Actually it was just more fun letting you look it up yourself and discovering your previous claim was wrong — though I am sure you’ll argue your comment was meant figuratively.

    On the contrary, Byron Brown had “no Republican to run against him” in his last election, and his race was effectively over after the primary. Sam Hoyt actually debated Sheila Ferrentino… so even he had to recognize her candicacy.

    Bottom line, the voters had a choice, and chose the slimball.

  5. steve permalink

    The pun-dick hates to be wrong…

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