The Informer: Screw up edition

Welcome to The Informer's screw up edition.

First, we hear from Carl Paladino, Republican candidate for governor:

"I am so confident of victory in the New York Republican Primary that I spoke hastily this week ... and said I would be gone if I did not win the Republican Primary. Many in the Tea Party movement and more of my supporters expressed extreme displeasure immediately. They want me to carry the fight for reform into the fall with the Taxpayers Line. I owe it to them and our state to examine the circumstances after the GOP primary, when I believe this issue will be moot.

... It is tragic that the New York State Conservative Party violated their birthright by designating a liberal Republican, so the formation of the Taxpayers line is required. Therefore I will preserve all my options until after the Primary."


The Informer is chastened to report our first screw-up. It was reported here that state Assembly candidate Christina Fadden Fitch would oppose John Sharon, a senior assistant county attorney, in the Sept. 19 Republican primary for Joan Christiansen's open seat in the 119th District.

It now appears Fadden Fitch changed her mind. Now she says she'll run in November on the Conservative Party line. In 2008, Fadden Fitch ran unsuccessful campaign against Christiansen.


Ex-county legislator Dave Stott, a Democrat, was all huffy on the radio last week in response to state Sen. John DeFrancisco-R who had been complaining yet again about the Democrat-controlled Legislature's infamous inability to pass a state budget. "C'mon, John, don't play innocent," Stott scolded. "I can still see you on YouTube holding the Bible when they swore in Pedro Espada." Stott's observation would have been a lot more fun if he said it to DeFrancisco's face.


Republican Ann Marie Buerkle has been conducting a stealth campaign across the heartland of the 25th Congressional District in her bid to overcome her better-financed rival, Democrat U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei. Buerkle's been seen at nearly every public event stretching from suburban Syracuse to suburban Rochester and she's been meeting daily with groups of supporters. The response among women has been reportedly strong.

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