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.