The news that former Niagara Falls City Council member John Accardo has decided to run a primary contest against do-nothing State Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte is great news...for John Ceretto. The lone announced Republican challenger of DelMonte, Ceretto will be the beneficiary of what will likely be a hard-fought and expensive primary between DelMonte and Accardo.
Accardo will be a formidable candidate. He is a proven vote-getter with a well known name. More importantly, he has the ability to raise the resources necessary to win this race. DelMonte will certainly have the resources; after all, Sheldon Silver isn't going to let his lapdog from Niagara County go down without a fight.
All of this works to Ceretto's advantage. A bruising primary will only expose DelMonte's multitude of weaknesses, setting the stage for what could be a new representative for the people of the 138th. Lord knows they could use one.