Oaks out - Sweetland In.
Oaks withdraws, endorses Sweetland for 25th Congressional District
by Mike McAndrew
Monday May 05, 2008, 10:43 AM
Syracuse, NY -- Republican Assemblyman Bob Oaks ended his campaign for Congress this morning and threw his support behind Republican Dale Sweetland, the former Onondaga County Legislature chairman.
Sweetland also picked up the endorsement of the man he hopes to succeed, 10-term incumbent Rep. James Walsh, R-Onondaga.
Appearing at a 10 a.m. news conference at Clinton Square, the three urged Republicans to coalesce behind Sweetland as he takes on a heavily-funded Democratic candidate, Dan Maffei.
Walsh said he has urged two other Republican candidates seeking his job - David Gay and Mark-Paul Serafin - to also withdraw from the race and not force a primary election.
Oaks said his chances of becoming the endorsed candidate for the Republican committees in Onondaga, Wayne, Cayuga and Monroe counties were sliim. He said he considered forcing a primary election, but did not think it was in the party's interest.