Where, oh where, was Congressman Chris Collins when Steve Bannon flew into town last week to rally Trumpkins on behalf of the Congressman most likely to be in jail a year and a half from now? Bannon’s track record on congressional rescue missions for legally challenged candidates is not what you would call great, including as it does the defeat of accused pedophile Roy Moore in last year’s Alabama Senate race and the defeat of convicted felon Michael Grimm in his Republican House primary in New York City this past June. Continue reading
Two weeks to go until a very momentous election. This one feels different than most others in recent memories because we have been talking and watching and hearing “mid-terms,” “mid-terms,” “mid-terms,” for, it seems like, years now. The build-up has been tremendous, on all sides. I can hardly wait. Continue reading
It’s all over but the sentencing. Former Erie County Democratic Chairman Steve Pigeon has pled guilty to a bribery charge in State Supreme Court and to a charge of an illegal campaign donation to Governor Cuomo in federal court. State sentencing is scheduled for December. Federal sentencing will occur in January. The two guilty pleas each carry sentences of approximately one year. How those sentences will be coordinated and finally resolved remains to be seen. I speculated in a previous post about where Pigeon might prefer to serve his time, if he has any say in the question. Continue reading
Candidates in the September 13th primary elections were required to file campaign financial reports on August 13th for transactions and receipts through August 9th. That is four weeks beyond the last reports.
Here’s a summary of what the candidates raised and spent during that four week period, and what they had left in their accounts as of August 9th: Continue reading
Last week’s indictment of 27th District Congressman Chris Collins and others on insider trading charges has encouraged another look at the possible competitiveness of a district that has been the most overwhelming Republican one in New York State. National House race political gurus have moved their reviews of the district from strong Republican to leaning Republican. That’s not a major shift thus far, but the consensus appears to be that Democratic candidate Nate McMurray’s chances have improved from where they stood just ten days ago. Continue reading
Tuesday’s primary elections were some of the most anticlimactive political events that I have ever seen – a very boring day. It was like Erie County voters collectively sighed, “whatever!”
The race for Mayor of Buffalo in the Democratic primary seemed pre-ordained for a long time. Mark Schroeder and Betty Jean Grant gave spirited efforts. Schroeder’s TV ads were very well done and he put the best effort into telling voters what he would do in the next four years. For the most part Schroeder and Grant’s attacks on Mayor Brown’s record were professional and controlled. Continue reading
Steve Pigeon, for his entire life, has been totally immersed in politics, from his childhood campaign activities in Missouri to work in the seats of power in Albany and Washington. The past two years, however, have not been fun.
Allegations of election law violations have swirled for many years, finally boiling over with state and federal legal actions. The raid on Pigeon’s home by state and federal authorities two years ago was followed by state bribery and extortion charges and the 2016 guilty plea by the state judge caught up in those matters. Continue reading