Commentary: Livin' in Liverpool July 14

Congressman sets up campaign HQ in village

The 318 Oswego St. location fared poorly for Montana Mills and Mister Lister. Both businesses tanked after opening up in our village business district.

Ever since 2008, however, the single-story structure at the corner of North Willow Street has proven effective for each of the politicians who have rented it as a campaign headquarters.

Democrat David Stott used it to unseat Republican County Legislator Jim Farrell two years ago. Then in 2009 Republican challenger Judy Tassone turned the tables on Stott after leasing the same location.

Maffei rents L'pool hot spot

One of the main reasons it's such a prime spot for candidates is that its frontage directly faces incoming traffic from Onondaga Lake Parkway and is easily spotted by motorists heading out of Liverpool on Oswego Street and Old Liverpool Road as well.

Now incumbent Democratic Congressman Dan Maffei is renting the space from its owner, Chuck Hafner, and is using it as his headquarters for his first re-election campaign. In 2008, Maffei handily wrested the 25th District House of Representatives seat away from Republicans who held it for a quarter-century.

Maffei, who lives in DeWitt, rallied his troops here June 12 and 13 to officially open the office. He and his supporters also got the ball rolling with a petition drive and door-knocking campaign.

The first-term congressman is being challenged this November by Republican-Conservative candidate Anne Marie Buerkle, an outspoken opponent of abortion and a participant in recent "Tea Party" events. In a Tea Party speech in Rochester, Buerkle urged voters to "take back our country."

Buerkle courts Tea Partiers

Apparently Buerkle believes that Democrats such as Maffei, under the leadership of President Barack Hussein Obama, have stolen America out from under the conservatives who really deserve it.

But Maffei sounded every bit like a conservative himself when he delivered a pro forma Memorial Day speech here at Johnson Park on May 31. His brief remarks overflowed with praise for the armed forces.

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