October 31, 2007

Niagara Falls Mayoral Race

This was a race that wasn't really on the radar screen. After all, Niagara Falls is such a heavily dominated Democratic city, not many people gave Candra Thomason a realistic chance against Paul Dyster. That all changed last evening.

Candra Thomason lived a candidate's dream last night - she managed to get her opponent to make his most horrific statement of the campaign, and she did it in front a packed house of city residents and media.

In case you missed it, after an evening of Thomason going after Dyster, Thomason finally got Dyster to take the bait. In her final comments, she took Dyster to task for having his business outside of Niagara Falls (Kenmore) while saying he wants to encourage business in the city. In essence, accusing Dyster of being hypocritical.

Dyster's response? “My business has supported my family for 16 years because it’s located in a sensible place”. Holy cow! Did he just say that?

Now, one might think that the statement was taken out of context. But in hearing the audio of the statement, there was no gray area. He said what he meant and meant what he said.

I don't see how anyone could interpret his comment to mean anything other than Niagara Falls is not a "sensible" place to do business.

Is that one comment enough to derail Dyster's train? Probably not, but the race certainly just got much more interesting.


Millionaire Jack Davis said...

Dyster sounds like he is getting a little too cocky. He should have had this race wrapped up weeks ago. The real question is does Thomason have enough time or money to get this message out to all the voters, not just those at the forum?

watching said...

Maybe people should look at the campaigns, consider them as a preclusion, a reflection, on how Dyster and Thomason will run the city. You know, look at the campaign strategies as if they were a sneak peek into the way they both would conduct a business and then use that as an apt measure for how they will lead the city.

Way I see it, Dyster not only worked hard and nonstop, he networked, made money without going into debt or borrowing, and ended up comfortably in the black.

If campaigns are indicative of how to run a business, then will Thomason run an already economically challenged city close to broke? Will she sit back the way she has in her campaign, waiting for the Republican "machine" to bail her out? I didn't see any true commitment, no dedication, in her campaign business.

I watched the debate. Frankly, I found Thomason desperate, snide, and negative. Nonprofessional. I kept waiting to hear: Na na na na na with her tongue stuck out.
Anyone watching saw her true character. I lost a great deal of respect for her.

I find it amazing that the only thing Thomason and others could find to criticize is the fact that Dyster, in trying to support his family, did what any good business person does. He went to where his market is.

I haven't seen Thomason produce anything substantial in her debates except for promises that weren't backed up by anything. No documented facts. She said, "I have a plan." Uh huh. And, I have a bridge to sell.

If people want to criticize someone, look at Ernie Palmer running in Lewiston. He works for and in Niagara Falls. Maybe he should support the Niagara Falls taxbase and move. He takes his money out of the city and supports Lewiston's infrastructure. How come that's okay?

Dyster brings his money back to Falls, pays property taxes, volunteers time, and creates cultural amenities, ( a sign that cities are viable are its cultural amenities) yet he's faulted because he makes a living.

In my opinion, Dyster's a class act. Maybe that's what the real problem is for Thomason and those who support that type of candidate.

Larry S said...

The point of the post wasn't who is the better candidate, it was simply that Dyster made a huge misstatement. No one's talking about character, who'd be a better Mayor, etc.

Sinply that a week before the election, Thomason got Dyster to say something I'm sure he wishes he didn't say.

Anonymous said...

Dyster opened his business in Niagara Falls, intending to serve the Niagara Falls and Buffalo markets. What he found was that his customers were actually coming from further south - Hamburg and Orchard Park. So he moved to Tonawanda to be central to his market. The fact that Dyster was willing to adapt to succeed encourages me, because i believe our city must do the same.