Despite a Siena poll that had Republican candidate Sean Hanna with a solid lead over Democrat Ted O’Brien for retiring State Senator Jim Alesi‘s Rochester-based seat, insiders on both sides are apparently giving Mr. O’Brien a serious chance come Election Day.
While Queens Senator Joe Addabbo, locked in one of the tightest reelection battles in New York State thanks to the Republicans gerrymandering his seat to make him more vulnerable, is apparently leaning towards opposing gay marriage again after voting for it in 2011 and against it in 2009. Mr. Addabbo pointed to his gerrymandered district to explain the flip-flop-flip, vowing to vote the will of his more conservative constituents.
Over in Brooklyn, Senator Marty Golden and his Democratic opponent Andrew Gounardes debated on Inside City Hall Friday evening. This is how it ended:
Errol Louis: Okay, I think we’re out of time, I’m going to have to leave it right there. I had more to ask you, including where to get the best pizza in your district, which is a matter of no small concern. You know what? Let’s do it real quick. Gino’s, Nino’s or Vesuvio’s, which?
Golden: All three. I got two sons, both like two of them, and Vesuvio’s is great, Gino’s is great and Nino’s is great. They got different pizzas, each one of them.
Gounardes: I grew up by Vesuvio’s, so it’s my first. But Gino’s, Nino’s, Pizza Wagon and Casa Calamari–
Golden: Casa Calamari is one of the better pizzas.
Louis: Alright gentlemen, go have a slice later.
For his part, Republican State Senator David Storobin, who has been criticizing his Democratic opponent, Simcha Felder, for insufficiently supporting of school vouchers for yeshiva education, is now being criticized by Mr. Felder for not having a family to provide him the experience of tuition payments. “There’s absolutely nothing wrong with talking about the issues, but I will not stoop down to the level of an opponent who has been spending his time attacking me,” Mr. Felder said during an hour-long campaign commercial on post-Shabbos Jewish radio Saturday night. “I hope at some point in time, God willing, he will get married and he will be able to go ahead and have the opportunity to work through paying tuition….We will keep it positive.”
Staten Island Borough President Jim Molinaro endorsed incumbent Democratic Rep. Mike McMahon in 2010, but this time around, he’s endorsing Mr. McMahon’s former rival, GOP Rep. Michael Grimm for his first reelection challenge.
In a recent debate, Republican congressional hopeful Dan Halloran dropped some Occupy Wall Street rhetoric while criticizing his Democratic adversary Grace Meng, declaring at one point, “She keeps talking about the 99% like she’s one of us, she’s absolutely not. She’s part of the 1%”