Just under a week removed from the primary election, there seems to be little for the local Democratic Party to get excited about.
The GOP won every single Independence and Conservative primary in Niagara County. Now, this shouldn't come as too much of a shock since the county Republicans have a proven track record of success on the I & C lines, and the Democrats haven't had any luck with the two minor lines since Al Hollands annihilated the very fabric of Conservative values by giving the C line to any and every Dem in the county. Hell, I still remember when the Niagara County Conservative Party honored Renae Kimble as the Conservative of the Year! Renae Kimble!!
Anyway, I digress.
Where there should be significant concern for the Dems is their inability to hold the ACORN, errrr, Working Families line for their candidates. As I stated, the GOP won every primary for the Republicans. The Democrats, on the other hand, lost six Working Families primaries to the GOP.
Maybe you're asking why these minor lines are so critical. They represent what is referred to in politics as a "drop off line". Republicans who refuse to pull the lever for a Democrat, even though they may like the candidate, will drop off to one of the minor lines, and vice versa. If there is no drop off line, as in this case for many of the county Democrats, it hurts a candidate's chances of winning the election.
Niagara County Democratic Chairman Dan Rivera, one of the best allies the Niagara County GOP has ever had, continues to wallow in failure. In addition to losing the six primaries, North Tonawanda Mayor Larry Soos is facing a significant challenge from Rob Ortt and Lewiston Supervisor Fred Newlin is facing a double threat from Kathryn Mazierski and the popular Steve Reiter.
In Rivera's defense, he did win the Niagara County Legislature's First District primary against Jason Murgia.
But the North Tonwanda and Lewiston seats will likely determine Rivera's future with the Niagara County Dems. If he loses one of those seats, many within the Dem ranks will call for his resignation. If he loses both, many will be calling for his ass.
Should be an interesting six weeks.