With this piece from yesterday's Buffalo News, it's evident that the race for the 138th Assembly seat is going to be an interesting one. It's also quite apparent that John Ceretto, who is challenging incumbent Francine DelMonte, is taking this race very seriously.
Ceretto was unabashed in his criticism of DelMonte's failure to bring substantive legislation to the floor of the Assembly to address the topic of sex offenders, and more specifically, Level 3 sex offenders. Ceretto puts her on the defensive repeatedly throughout the piece, forcing her to continuously explain herself. In politics, when you're explaining, you're losing.
The bottom line is that Ceretto is right. In 2005, the Senate did pass a much more stringent civil confinement law, a law that would have kept the most dangerous offenders behind bars where they belong - we checked - the bill was sponsored by Dale Volker. But the legislation never saw the light of day in the Assembly because DelMonte and her Assembly colleagues didn't see fit to lock the most dangerous members of our society in jail.
While we're impressed with the fact that Ceretto is doing is homework on the issues, we are more impressed with his willingness to wage an aggressive campaign against DelMonte because beating an entrenched incumbent like her will be a significant challenge. But, if it's going to happen, this is the year. The anti-incumbency movement is strong.
We've made our feelings on DelMonte abundantly clear over the years, so we're solidly behind Ceretto's effort to unseat her. We hope this is a sign of things to come from Ceretto, as there is plenty of ammunition to use against DelMonte.