Jackson and Paladino: Dancing Again
by Geoff Kelly - posted 10:05 am, September 14, 2009
I am listening to Carl Paladino on WBEN as I type this, and recalling that the last time Carl visited AV’s offices, he nearly came to blows with Bruce Jackson. Time does not, in fact, heal all wounds but it does create strange bedfellows. On Friday, Jackson—who has endorsed Mickey Kearns for mayor of Buffalo—sent out an email urging the recipients to vote for Kearns in tomorrow’s primary. Rather than explain why, he attached Paladino’s letter to the Buffalo News in support of Kearns:
Next Tuesday’s Democratic primary will decide who will be mayor of Buffalo for the next four years. The two candidates are incumbent Mayor Byron Brown and South District Councilman Michael Kearns. I am writing to urge you to vote for Mickey Kearns.
I am not writing as a UB faculty member for more than four decades, or as the editor of Buffalo Report for the past seven years, or as the author of more than one hundred articles on civic issues for Artvoice and the Buffalo News. I am writing as a long-time Buffalo resident who loves this city, whose children grew up and went to school here, who hates what has happened in and to the mayor’s office in recent years, and who believes Mickey Kearns can and will make a difference.
I’m asking you not only to go out and vote for Mickey yourself, but to do what you can to take everyone in your household with you. And to pass this letter along to at least 10 friends, asking them to do the same. Byron Brown has amassed a huge warchest; perhaps we can use email and our own networking to restore some of the balance.
I could offer many reasons why you should vote for Mickey Kearns, but Carl Paladino—a man I’ve had strong disagreements with over civic issues in the past—has made the case as well as anyone might. This time, Carl and I are in complete agreement. I will attach his Another Voice essay, “Kearns offers alternative to city’s poor government,” which appears in today’s Buffalo News.