New York State Senate candidate Don Hobel has decided not to seek the Democratic nomination for the line that he had previously expressed a desire to seek, even circulating Democratic petitions for the position.
Hobel seems like a pretty amiable gentleman. He frequently attends Wheatfield and County Leg meetings, always willing to offer his opinion. He has been a champion for transparency in government, often talking about the need for politicos to be upfront with the public.
So in reading the Buffalo News story in which Hobel states that he will no longer seek the Democratic line for the Senate seat, one cannot help but wonder if Hobel has any comprehension of the depths of his hypocrisy. As stated previously, Hobel circulated petitions for the seat, and submitted those petitions. Fine, most people are allowed that right.
With his withdrawl from the Dem line, the Democratic party leaders now have the opportunity to replace Hobel on the ballot, most likely with candidate Brian Grear. Once again, not a problem, this scenario plays out frequently in politics.
Hobel explained his decision to withdraw from the Democratic line: “Back a couple of months ago when they didn’t seem to have a candidate, [Niagara County Democratic Chairman] Dan Rivera asked me to run,” Hobel said. “A couple of names have surfaced that would run better campaigns than I.”
The problem with this situation arises when Don Hobel, champion of transparency, continues to explain how this scenario came to be. Hobel said the deal was in the cards for him to circulate the nominating petitions, then withdraw, from the time he agreed to have his name placed on Democratic nominating petitions for the Senate seat held by 13-year Republican incumbent George D. Maziarz.
In essence, he agreed to place his name on a nominating petition and have people circulate those petitions. He himself circulated those petitions to registered voters within the Senate district, all the while knowing that he would be withdrawing his name for consideration at some point.
Is this legal? Of course it is. Is it ethical for the man who stands at virtually every Leg meeting chastising the Leg for their lack of transparency to perpetrate such a fraud upon the voters who signed his petition? When you stood on the doorstep of someone who was signing your petition, Don, did you tell them that you had actually already cut a deal with party bosses to withdraw your name for consideration? For someone who is such a champion of transparency, I'm sure you were completely upfront with each and every person.
Then again, instead of being a concerned citizen working for the betterment of the community, you could simply be a shill for party bosses cutting back room deals.