Niagara Times has learned that North Tonawanda Council President Brett Sommer will be holding a press conference later this week to announce his candidacy for the 26th Congressional seat on the Republican line. Current Congressman Tom Reynolds has announced his intention to retire at the end of his current term. Sommer plans to make his announcement at the Third Ward Club in North Tonawanda.
Sommer, reached by phone last evening by Niagara Times, was noncommittal. "At this time, I am reviewing all of my options", said Sommer. "Obviously the decision to seek a United States Congressional seat is not a decision to take lightly."
Asked if the jump from North Tonawanda Councilman to Congressman was unrealistic, Sommer stated, "Some may say, but should I decide to move forward with my candidacy, I feel that the experience I've gained and the relationships that I've developed will go a long way."
North Tonawanda Mayor Larry Soos was skeptical of a Sommer candidacy. "Brett as a Congressman? Come on, what the hell does he know about dealing with the sub-prime mortgage crisis?"
Sources close to Sommer indicate that this has been a long-time dream of his. "Brett's always wanted to be a Congressman", said one insider who requested anonymity. "He actually has a very close personal relationship with Senator Schumer. They worked together to save the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station during the BRAC hearings."
Okay, no more. Happy April Fools Day. Yes, none of this is true.