She may be on a minor-party line, but Christina Fadden-Fitch isn't going down without a fight.
The Conservative Party candidate for the 119th District Assembly seat being vacated by Democrat Joan Christensen, Fadden-Fitch has issued a scathing broadside against Democrat front-runner Smilin' Sam Roberts.
Roberts is expected to coast to victory on the strength of the 119th's overwhelming Democratic enrollment against Republican John Sharon, Green Party candidate Michael Donnelly, and Fadden-Fitch, who lives in Liverpool. Democratic voters in the 119th outnumber Republicans by a whopping 44 to 27 percent.
But Fadden-Fitch is pitching country hard ball to the city slickers now at bat in Albany.
Roberts, she says, has received "significant support" from state Sen. Kevin Parker of Brooklyn. Parker was arrested in 2005 for attacking a traffic officer. He has also been in trouble for an altercation with an aide, said Fadden-Fitch. "There have been civil lawsuits for defamation and assault, and in April of this year he irrationally lashed out in a Senate hearing at State Senator John DeFrancisco in an ugly incident, accusing him of racism.
"He's a prime example of Albany dysfunction."
Assemblyman Keith Wright, leader of the New York County Democratic Committee, is also one of Roberts' buddies, said Fadden-Fitch. Wright is closely associated with Speaker Sheldon Silver and Rep. Charlie Rangel.
"Roberts will be taken under Wright's wing if elected," Fadden-Fitch said, "and Roberts will be expected to vote with the NYC Democratic block supporting him."
She admits that Roberts "has a likeable personality, but we can't be sending representatives to our state legislature based on smiles and friendliness. We have to send them based on their commitment to act independently and decisively for the needs of our district."
Sam Roberts - a retired General Motors tool-and-die maker - responded to Fadden-Fitch's charges. He characterized her statements as "the type of antics we can't afford in this election. I take pride in running a fair campaign, and I'm proud to have been named a 'Hero of Reform' by NY Uprising and support Andrew Cuomo's reform plan. I remain focused on the task at hand - fixing Albany so that we can turn Central New York around and create a better business climate to help grow good-paying jobs, because everyone deserves to earn a decent living."