Masks and Fringe Candidates
As one candidate for the 25th Congressional District quit this week, two more made it clear they were serious about challenging Republican Rep. Jim Walsh. But you might not recognize the party names on their petitions.
Douglas Hummel has picked up voter lists and petitions and is trying to get enough signatures to challenge Walsh under the banner of the National Working Americans Political Party, Onondaga County Election Commissioner Helen Kiggins said. He needs a daunting 3,500 valid names for that to happen.
Hummel founded the NWAPP out of dissatisfaction with the established parties' record on issues important to working people, according to his Web site, http://home.twcny.rr.com/nwapp.
Meanwhile, Christina Rosetti, the New Age author who briefly considered a run for the Democratic Party line, said she also plans to petition for an independent party line. She will call it the Republican Democratic Party. Rosetti said she also submitted petitions with enough signatures to force a primary for the Working Families Party line.
The party endorsed Democrat Dan Maffei last month.
Maffei's most energetic primary opponent, Paloma Capanna, dropped out this week. She joined Maffei at the grand opening of his campaign headquarters Tuesday to show support for his run against Walsh.
Capanna brought a bag of gag gifts for Maffei, including a stack of Lone Ranger-type masks. "It's a superhero mask," she explained. "I brought an eight-pack because you're going to need them against Jim Walsh. Keep one in your car, keep one at home, give one to (campaign manager) John Balduzzi."
Hmmm, the Republican Democratic party? I'll take the high road here and not make the obvious joke.