Petitions for Congressman Brian Higgins have already been distributed to Democratic Party committeemen for circulation which began this week. Unfortunately, the dysfunctional Democratic Party organization has been unable to distribute voter lists to committee members, so signature gathering has been delayed. Emin Eddie Egriu has been reported to be in the race and he has scheduled a press conference for Monday, March 10, 12:00 noon at Pulman Place & Shepard Street (near Broadway and Bailey).
It has long been speculated that Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is interested in the seat. Brown is a young man and few politicians can survive three terms as Mayor without ending their careers. CD-26 is highly Democratic in voter enrollment and stretches from the depths of Lackawanna to the abyss of Niagara Falls, from the McMansions of Amherst to the ticky tacky bourgeois deserts of North Tonawanda, Tonawanda, Cheektowaga, Grand Island and West Seneca. If you put a pin in the map of Western New York where every African American lives and drew a district around them, 98% would be in CD-26. So it is possible to elect a black congressman. The key may be having two white candidates in the fray to split the white vote and run down the middle. Egriu’s entry into the race could provide such an opportunity.
The other night, at Joe Golombek’s fundraiser, I discussed the possibility of me running for Buffalo City Court Judge as a black candidate. Responses ranged from Greg Dudek’s overly pessimistic, “Are you out of your f**king mind?” to Mayor Brown’s more measured, “Well, you’d have a lot of convincing to do, Counselor.” So the possibility of my black candidacy is not out of the question. Fortunately, given the June/September the sequencing of the primary elections, I can run for both offices. Due to the compressed schedule, I have decided to skip the normal exploratory committee routine and call for a Loya Jirga to assist me in my decision making.