March 21, 2008

Run George, Run

The announcement by Congressman Tom Reynolds has the political world buzzing that State Senator George Maziarz will jump into the race as the GOP candidate. Maziarz has said he will take a little time to think this over and arrive at a decision in the near future, probably some time next week.

We only have one thing to say, "Run George, Run." Niagara County would have one of its own serving in Congress and no one would work harder for the people of WNY than George Maziarz.

All the Dem candidates are backbenchers...and Jack Davis is a whacko. We can't afford on the job training...our problems are too serious.

We recognize this is a tough decision, but George, we need you in D.C.

28 comments:

Fat Tony said...

I am 100 percent behind Sen. Maziarz running for Senate. Anyone who has ever called his office looking for help knows that he can be counted on. I agree with Hobbes, Run George, Run!!!!!!!!!

Panthers75 said...

Everyone in WNY knows that if you need something done, you go to George Maziarz. He has the best reputation out of any of our state delegation.

If he chooses to run for Congress, he has my vote.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to know what planet Jim Hayes is living on. After alienating virtually every high level Republican with his refusal to help the GOP by running for Rath's seat, he now thinks he's going to get any GOP support for Congress? I wouldn't circulate this guy's petition for dog catcher.

Mr. Pink said...

This can't be an easy decision for Senator Maziarz and his family, but I hope he does it. Niagara County would benefit greatly

gop shill said...

Let's be honest here. The only reason this seat would have been in play is that Tom Reynolds got caught up in too much and was vulnerable. If George does this, it's a slam dunk GOP win. If George doesn't run, then you have a bunch of backbenchers on both sides and anything can happen.

Larry S said...

Maziarz is widely known as one of, if not the hardest working Senator in New York State. That's why Bruno doesn't want to lose him. But, Wojtaszek would be a solid candidate to fill the seat because of his ability to raise money. These races, combined with a likely Sheriff's race should make for a pretty interesting election season here in Niagara County.

Mr. Pink said...

Shill,

I think your handicapping is probably right on. After Senator Maziarz, the race would be between GOP enrollment edge vs. a Democrat year.

Let's just hope George runs and the point is moot.

rufus said...

Lots of posts so early in the morning. I'm a fan of George Maziarz but I kinda hope he stays where he is. In many ways, the business in Albany affects us so much more than the stuff in DC.

Then again, I can't remember the last congressional member from Niagara County...can anyone out there help me? Bill Miller in Lockport in the 60's?

pirate's code said...

George Maziarz has a difficult decision to make, not only for himself. The domino effect of a decision to run for Congress is not to be taken lightly, I think.

George is extremely well-qualified and eminently capable. His track record in the Senate is second-to-none. I will support him whatever his decision.

If he does run for Congress, I believe he wins. If he does, it makes for an interesting time in Niagara County politics.

Rufus -- Henry P. Smith III (GOP) from NT may have been the last in Congress from Niagara County, holding a seat that was districted out of existence in 1973. Smith followed Bill Miller. The seat was absorbed into other districts and, essentially, Smith was followed by John LaFalce.

pirate's code said...

Sorry, rufus, should have been more clear. Henry Smith served in Congress from 1965 to 18973. The 1970 census led to the redistricting that eliminated his seat.

Miller, of course, gave up the seat when ran with Goldwater in 1964.

Smith was the mayor of NT just prior to running and winning the congressional seat.

I know this because the intertube is a wonderful thing, and because my brother was, for a short time, Smith's paperboy.

pirate's code said...

That's "1973" of course. Not sure who will serve in 18973.

Frank DeGeorge said...

In a week of scandal and prostitutues it's nice to talk about a public servant who actually serves the public. Maziarz would make a great Congressman.

rob clark said...

I for one aren`t so sure of having King George in DC. Lets face it, he will be in the minority. Something he`s not used to. We al know that h doesn`t play nice with others. As much as I hate to admit it right now he`s better placed for WNY in the current Senate Majority.

Still he might just be looking jumping that sinking ship. After the special election in the north country earlier this year the State Senate looks more and and more like it will become a Democratic Majority. I have a feeling that Bruno`s time has finally come to an end.

As far as to King George`s replacement to run for his seat, god help us all if its Wojtaszek. I think that on the Republican side you will probably have Tucker or Demler running for that seat. Or both.

Anonymous said...

Senator Maziarz may be very good at not raising suspicion among the public that he is likely (or has been) engaged in acts that are in violation of the public trust. It may however be a just experience for him to experience what it actually feels like to be a "Minority".

Fat Tony said...

Rob, you've made some thoughtful posts. I'm disappointed in your King George rhetoric. For those of who had to endure the do-nothingness of LaFalce for decades, the idea of a Congressman who will actually pay attention to small issues and help people...which is udeniable about George...would be welcome.

And these anonymous posts are outrageous. Perhaps rather than blog, the Niagara County Democrat Committee should be returing the huge campaign donations it has taken from known prostitutions rings.

pirate's code said...

Rob Clark -- The logic of your argument is troubling. The best way to assure that nothing ever changes is to buy in to the theory that an otherwise qualified candidate shouldn't run for an office because he or she would be in the minority if they won.

As for Maziarz not getting along with others, ask Louise Slaughter who she would prefer to work with among Niagara County pols.

If George were to run, Henry W. would be a candidate who could win and would, I think, do well. But, Mike Tucker also would do well. Demler? Isn't he still running for Lt. Gov.?

The same issue arises on the Dem side, since the Senate hasn't yet switched majority. Would Francine give up what some consider a relatively safe seat for an election where she would, at best, have a 50/50 shot at winning? Would Dan Rivera finally have the stones to put his name on a ballot? (Talk about your "god help us all" moment.) Let's face it, the Spitzer mess has caused "common wisdom" about the future of the two houses in Albany to slink out the back door.

rob clark said...

Dear Fat Tony and Pirates code.....thanks. ( I think) I`m just trying to offer the other side of the coin here so to speak. But lets face it he is "KING". As for the NC Democratic Committee posting here as anonymous, they won`t read this site. And I wasn`t involed or really interested in politics when LaFalce was in office.

But I`m a supporter of Congresswoman Slaughter. She is one who gets things done . She has taken good carew of the Town of Niagara while in office for this area.

Fat Tony said...

I was more impressed with Slaughter early on than I am right now. She's in a major power position in DC and yet has delivered much. There was a time when she was a real pit bull on issues, but I don't see that any more.

And people tell me she's really still about the Rochester end of her district and not us.

Barney said...

Dan Rivera runing for anything seems funny to me. And I'm really surprise that he has not returned the "dirty money" yet. Do the right thing Dan.

pirate's code said...

rob clark -- While I don't particularly agree with way "King George" is often used in reference to Maziarz, I agree that there can be little argument that he is the county and (perhaps) regional leader of the GOP right now. Not in a formal sense, in all due respect to county and local party chairs, but certainly in the broader sense that he is the person the party looks to on many issues.

Frankly, he's earned it. I would guess that even his strongest detractors will admit that he's extremely smart, very motivated, and one of the hardest workers this area has seen. He tends to surround himself with people of similar description.

Like him or not, like his politics or not...that's a pretty good prescription for success.

Anonymous said...

Please run George, it would be great to rid ourselves of the boss hog of niagara county. I just hope he loses, then it would be a win win for us, since he wont be able to hang on to his seat here. Good ole henry W. wants his current seat, so your safe for now hobbs.

Anonymous said...

Yea Glenn Arro.....eer I mean Hobbes. Your safe for now

rob clark said...

Fat Tony, she has done alot for the Town of Niagara. The police dept. and the volunteer fire dept. have both recieved alot of FEMA money because of her. Enough to purchase over $400,000.00 worth of equipment for both depts.

the other anonymous said...

Gee, that Dan Rive..um, I mean "anonymous," what a funny guy. Talk about your boss hog...!

Anonymous said...

yes rob clark, drive down colonial drive and you can see what our tax dollars bought, a huge suv they drive on sunday to tops market. Its so big it wont fit in any garage, i feel so much safer now.

rob clark said...

Funny thing about that SUV, it looks and fits pretty nice in the Town Garage. Not on Colonial Drive.
Its come in handy so far for alot of differen't agencies. So much so that now the county see's the need to have one as well. Only it won't be purchased through a grant like our was.

But back on to the subject at hand.

Anonymous said...

Oh yes the SUV saved us from Bucky, and it is parked on colonial drive fetching milk.

rob clark said...

Okay fetching milk is kinda funny. Jealous?