Monday, February 18, 2008

More on Cappucilli's Announcement

Blah, blah, blah, meaningless platitudes:

ledging to represent everyone in the district "equally and fairly," former state fair Director Peter Cappuccilli declared himself a candidate Sunday for the seat in Congress being vacated by Rep. James Walsh.

Cappuccilli, whose potential candidacy has been talked about in Republican circles since Walsh, R-Onondaga, announced his intention to retire, made it official at a late afternoon news conference at his Westvale home. His wife, Marilyn, and his children, grandchildren and siblings flanked him as he faced a battery of cameras and microphones.

Watching politics from the sidelines all his life, "there's no question that we need to change," Cappuccilli said. "We need a change where office is held different than in the past, but with the same passion and conviction that we've had from the past."

In the coming months he will discuss the issues "and to articulate clearly my passion for holding office and for representing everyone equally and fairly," he said.

That's not a criticism of Walsh, but a reflection of how he intends to bring his style as state fair director to Washington, D.C., he said.

"I believe that Jim Walsh will never get the full credit he deserves for all he's done and brought back to this district - money, projects - and I'm looking to build upon that with my experience in business and in marketing, to build upon what he's done and to bring a different look on top of what he's already done," Cappuccilli said.

But Petey doesn't sound like he has much fight in him:

Cappuccilli said he expects to be challenged to a primary if Republican Party committees in Onondaga, Cayuga, Wayne and Monroe counties choose him this spring. If he does not win the committees' backing, he said, he'll drop out and endorse their choice.


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