March 24, 2008

Breaking News-Maziarz To Remain In Senate

Niagara Times has learned that New York State Senator George Maziarz will not seek the 26th Congressional District seat that Tom Reynolds will be retiring from. Although no decision has been made on who the GOP will support for the seat, Niagara Times has been told that the candidate will be a "hometown boy", meaning that a candidate will be brought forward from Niagara County.

With the decision by Maziarz, this certainly opens up the field of potential candidates. While the Democratic field seems to have fallen into place, we want to know who you'd like to see represent the GOP for the Congressional race.

21 comments:

Larry S said...

This is pretty shocking news. I think everyone presumed that Maziarz would take the plunge. I'd imagine that once word of his decision spreads, there will be plenty of candidates on the GOP side throwing their hats in the ring.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see Mike Tucker take a shot. Of course it would be a long shot, but it would be interesting to have a Congressional candidate from Lockport. None of the Dem candidates are overly impressive to begin with so I think this race will be wide open.

Pete M said...

This may be shocking news, but it's also good news. Maziarz is an excellent Senator who has delivered for his district time and time again. I'd have hated to see him go, even if it was to Congress.

rob clark said...

Even I`m surprised. He was the best GOP candidate. But I think the next best "Local GOP Guy" Has to be Tim Demler. He`s shown what he can do. Just look at how Wheatfield has grown since he took office.

Sweaterman said...

I am extremely happy that Senator Maziarz is staying in the NYS Senate. He is a great leader for us in Albany and can continue to represent good Republican values in this state.

I for one would like to see Mike Powers run for the Congressional seat. He would be a breath of fresh air in Washington.

Anonymous said...

Word on the political street is that GM was not getting a good reception from other GOP politicos worried about holding this Senate seat.

Add to that the fact that GM's state war chest is not readily transferable to a Federal run and the decision was really not hard to fathom.

Cracker Jack said...

I am thrilled that Senator Maziarz is staying in the NYS Senate. He is a great representative for Lockport and Niagara County. As for the Congressional seat, my pick would be Mayor Mike Tucker. He understands how to get things done for his constituents!

Big Daddy said...

I have heard from good sources that this is truly a family decision and the fact that Congress has become 10 months a year away from home was too much. Anyone who knows George knows he values the one on one contact with consitutents. Take that away and the job just isn't fun any more and that's what would happen in Congress.

cg466 said...

What a bunch of Kool Aid Drinkers.Good King George is a chump. I am a an Independent who leans Right,I wont Vote for him.Next thing you will be saying Danny Skalarski is a great leader.

pirate's code said...

cg466 said: "What a bunch of Kool Aid Drinkers.Good King George is a chump."

Well, glad that's settled. So many facts in that statement to support your argument, makes me wonder why more than 70 percent of the voters pull the lever for GM every cycle.

Anyway, since it appears neither Maziarz nor your other nemesis, Sklarski, are running for Congress, who do you, CG466 -- the wise, right-leaning, non-koolaid drinking, seer of all truth -- think should run? 'Cuz I think that was the point of most of the posts here.

My 2 cents -- with Maziarz out of the running, it is extremely unlikely either the GOP or Dem candidate for this seat will be from Niagara County.

Mike Tucker would be an excellent candidate, but you'd have to wonder about his name recognition outside Lockport and eastern Niagara County. Likewise, I don't think Demler is as widely known as Demler thinks.

Anonymous said...

Why is he such an excellent senator? Unless you love high taxes, no new jobs, etc. Oh but i forgot he got you a new SUV for the town of niagara, that sits in the driveway on colonial drive, the town can't even afford the gas it takes to drive it to tops market. Boss hog will never leave his gerry mandered district as long as 51 percent of the voters work for the state.

Barney said...

Wojtaszek will run

rob clark said...

Hey anonymous...lighten up on the Town of Niagara. First off King George didn`t get us the "Tank". Congresswoman Slaughter did.(and it not that bad on fuel)

2nd...What Sklarski ever done for us in the Legislature but vote against cutting taxes, then vote against taxes themselves..I personally like him as a Councilman. I voted for him as one . But he is to political as a Legislator. He just does as he is told.

3rd...Delmer is known better than you think. Mike Tucker who? Butr lets facew it , rightnow its Jon Powers race to lose. He has to much backing for anyone to match. He`s young , a war vet. and unlike every other candidate he knows what its like to live paycheck to paycheck. Thats whats important right now. Most people in this area are living like that. He knows what are our needs really are. Plus he won`t be in the minority.

Finally I think that there were to many factors against Maziarz. He really never has had anyone run against him for senate. He doesn`t have a big war chest. And finally he`s on so many committee`s in the senate that he`s making way to much money. On top of that he`s a possible candidate for Senate Majority Leader if something should happend to Bruno

rob clark said...

Sorry a big war chest for congress.

pirate's code said...

rob clark -- Why, exactly, is it Jon Powers' race to lose? Because he's a war vet? Meaning absolutely no disrespect to his service to our country, what it is about that service that makes him more qualified than anyone else to serve in Congress? And, I don't mean to underplay the importance of resolving our Middle East messes, but doesn't that paint him as a one-issue candidate? It seems to me that being a one-issue candidate is one of the things that doomed Jack Davis.

And, don't overlook the fact that Davis has said he will spend up to $3 million of his own money if he goes again this time. That has to look awfully attractive to party leadership -- not having to raise a dime for a candidate so they can focus their efforts elsewhere.

It may be Powers' race to lose on the Dem side, only because he jumped out to an early and fast start. He was an attractive candidate for some simply because he wasn't Tom Reynolds. But the game really begins now for both sides, with Maziarz opting out.

Speculating on why Maziarz is out is just that...speculation...but saying it's because he doesn't have a war chest to run for congress ignores the fact that no one does until they actually run for congress. I doubt there would have been an issue in raising money for Maziarz.

pirate's code said...

And, rob...it's "too many factors" instead of "to many."

Sorry, can't help it. HG Wells once wrote, "The greatest passion on earth is to edit someone else's draft." I suffer from that disease.

Anonymous said...

Jon Powers has no name id, no message and is a one trick pony that won't even win the Democrat party. In case you're wondering, WNY voters aren't driven by the war abroad, but by the terrible economy at home. I don't think some substitute teacher like Powers has the answers. As a matter of fact, even his campaign rhetoric on the topic is laughable. He deserves respect for serving, but not a vote for Congress. Learn the ropes, Jonny, in local office. Our problems are too severe to trust a substitute teacher in Congress.

rob clark said...

PC, thank you gor the english lesson. Its a blog. HG Wells probably would talk the same here.

Unlike some of us on this blog, I have had a couple of conversations with Mr. Powers. He is more than a one trick pony. Like I stated he knows what its like to live paycheck to paycheck. Also whats with all this talk of he's only a substitute teacher. He's still a teacher. Some one who helps mold young peoples minds. You would think thats the kind of person we would want in Congress.

pirate's code said...

rob -- I'll lay off the editing comments, but you may have missed my point vis-a-vis Mr. Powers. I was not questioning his positions or his background, I was merely questioning the notion that he has somehow earned the nomination because he's a war vet. Promotion of his candidacy solely as a war vet is what will have him perceived as a one-trick pony and, so far, that's most of what we see about him.

His service to our country speaks for itself. If were giving him advice, I'd tell him to play up his other issues because, sooner or later, people will want to know what he plans to do if he were to win.

For those who hate Tom Reynolds...now that he is out of the race, simply being "not Tom Reynolds" is not good enough.

rob clark said...

PC, I don`t it. Atleast you seem to have a sense of humor. Unlike some of the rest of us.

I do see your point. I too wish for this race to start talking about the " issues".

rob clark said...

Sorry I don`t mind it.