Yes, you read the title of this post correctly. Scott Leffler and Tom Christy hosted Primary Election Night coverage on WLVL and WECK last night and did what I thought was a pretty good job. They were joined by Niagara County GOP Chairman Henry Wojtaszek who offered insight across the races.
Leffler played it pretty fair, offered good analysis and brought a sense of humor to the coverage. Christy worked hard trying to keep up with numbers across all the races and offered some very interesting comments of his own.
Hopefully, a few of the technical glitches that come with simulcasting across two stations will get worked out for the general election. Also, the guys should have a little better understanding of some of the districts...for example, when they were trying to remember what other counties beyond Erie comprise the Dale Volker Senate seat. Best to have that information ahead of time.
Those are all minor compared to what really was some quality coverage. A couple of highlights for me:
1) Wojtaszek responding to what he thought of Brian Grear's vote total by saying a dead candidate would have gotten more votes. Leffler self-admittedly was left speechless on that one. (81-19 Maziarz over Grear is almost unbelievable.)
2) Christy saying that Alice Kryzan's win had absolutely nothing to do with former Congressman John LaFalce's endorsement. When Leffler pointed out that LaFalce is 1-0 in races he endorse, Christy quipped that was far better than his Congressional record.
3) All three commentators discussing the impact of Kryzan's now legendary commercial depicting the bickering between Davis and Powers. They all agreed it was one of the best they saw.
4) Wojtaszek calling out Rivera's record for the night -- 0 for 3 --as Dan invested Dem dollars in Powers, Hobel and Grear.
Good stuff guys. Good stuff.