Tuesday, July 11, 2006


This could be trouble:

Although Maffei no longer has a Democratic primary opponent, he might face a September challenge for the Working Families Party line.

Christina Rosetti, a writer and registered member of the Working Families Party from LaFayette, said Monday she submitted petitions with enough signatures to force a primary against Maffei for that party's line. The party committee designated Maffei as its preferred candidate last month.

Let's hope this isn't true. I never thought Christina Rosetti was going to be able to get the signatures to get into the Democratic Primary, turns out I was right, but I didn't realize she was registered in the WFP. I think a Democratic primary would be preferable to this, there's so few members of the WFP that it is a very volatile situation. This is a purely selfish and annoying move by a fringe candidate with no chance of winning. She needs to have the class that Paloma Capanna and Ken Howland showed in stepping aside.


At 10:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a Ralph Nader moment.. how much support does this workers liberation party or whatever its called actually have

At 11:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My God, we non-Republicans never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. We ask ourselves how Walsh can get by with years of calling himself a moderate yet vote for the far right...how Walsh can get by with shoving pork in our faces, but structurally change nothing in 18 years...why no one questions the fact that he no longer checks with us before casting life and death votes...how this man can coast by on his incumbency for so long...and here is why. Cause individuals take these elections as a time to make a statement rather than make serious changes. Is 6 years of Republican dominance in all three branches not enough? So the Dem isn't the ideal platform for the WLP...he has raised 100s of thousands and has the potential to give Walsh a serious run...if we can call him our undisputed nominee. We need to apply pressure where we can and use logic everywhere: WE HAVE A CHANCE IF, AND ONLY IF, WE UNIFY!

At 11:51 AM, Blogger The Watcher said...

1st anonymous, I take it you aren't from NY. It's not as simple as you think because in NY you can run as the candidate of multiple parties. The Working Families line almost always goes to the Democrat and delivers about 2-3% of the vote. The problem is most of that 2-3% will go to whoever is on the line.

At 12:08 PM, Blogger TLB said...

Well I am not from NY at the moment but am as much of a native as anyone can be and I take my family to 'cuse every six weeks or so to see greater family. Anyway despite that background I never figured out NY politics. One of the odder things is these far flung parties. What purpose do they serve.. we do not have a parlimentary system after all. There has been criticism of these parties in the "fixing Albany" columns in the NYT (I cannot remember the details). So based on the threat this theoretically poses to Demoncratic victory as hinted at in this thread, plus the lessons from Ralph Nadar, this is a problem to take seriously.

At 12:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's not forget the Working Families Party endorsed Maffei, not Rosetti. Those active in the party obviously feel Maffei will represent their interests during the campaign and has a realistic chance to represent those interests in Washington. I can't imagine the the rest of the party would see it differently.

At 1:49 PM, Blogger The Watcher said...

3rd anonymous, I agree that Dan Maffei is still the favorite in the primary, but with low turnout the race can be hard to gauge.

At 1:15 AM, Anonymous Wolfman said...

All the comments that were unfairly directed at Capanna a few weeks ago can now be fairly directed at Rosetti. Chris Rosetti is not a real candidate; she has not filed for office. Her views are so completely out of the mainstream that she was kicked out of ITHACA COLLEGE for cryin' out loud! Rosetti is an egomaniac looking for attention; and some suspect she may be mentally ill. Maffei will probably still win the WFP primary, but with such low turnout, Rosetti could conceivably do some damage solely by rallying the moonbat vote.


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