It’s been a while since we discussed local races, so here’s a thread for that. Usually at this time of the year, we have a few good primary challenges, a lot of fundraising, and hopefully somebody says something dumb enough that it will make a good campaign commercial later this Fall.
Here’s my report: In Western New York, Kathy Hochul, the Democrat who won the special election after transgender-curious Chris Lee resigned, got some good news this week. Republican Chris Collins’ primary challenger, Tea Partier and Iraq war hero David Bellavia, is going to be backed by a SuperPAC financed by Jack Davis. Davis is an anti-immigration zealot with deep pockets who’s run as a Republican and a Democrat to get Hochul’s seat in the new NY-27. That’s good news for Hochul since Collins will get beaten up in the Republican primary by a well-financed challenger, and because Bellavia might get the nod from one of the minor parties and split the vote in the general.
Other than that, all New York Democrats got a little help from Bob Turner, the guy who won the special election for Anthony Weiner’s old seat. Turner voted for the Ryan budget a few months after he made a campaign promise not to vote for it. Whenever a moderate Republican like Collins or his doppelganger in Rochester’s NY-25 race, Maggie Brooks, promises to vote against their party, Turner’s vote will come back to haunt them.
What’s happening near where you live? I’m still looking for good local blogs, so post those, too.