Rudnick’s Stupid Endorsement
by Geoff Kelly - posted 11:06 am, September 10, 2010
Yesterday, Andrew Rudnick dispatched his charming annual pre-election email listing the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s endorsements. Make what you will of the Partnership’s favorites—Rory Allen over Antoine Thompson, Joe Golombek over Sam Hoyt, Darius Pridgen over Curtis Haynes—but consider Rudnick’s reasoning for dismissing Haynes’s candidacy:
The current Councilman, Curtis Haynes, was appointed by the Council and has been a constant deterrent to economic development progress in the city, especially in regards to Canalside.
Haynes is an economist, for Christ’s sake, a Ph.D. You’d think a chamber of commerce would welcome someone with his expertise into government. But not Rudnick.
What has Haynes done to block progress at Canalside? What has Haynes done to block economic development anywhere in the city?
For that matter, what has Rudnick ever done to promote economic development in this region? He and his organization have protected the status quo in this region for decades, promoting sprawl and corporate welfare on behalf of entrenched interests at the expense of the region’s economic health. Here’s how one recipient of Rudnick’s email summed it up: “If he’d have gotten his way, we’d still be pumping tax dollars into Mark Hamister’s Buffalo Sabres. Moron.”
I think Rudnick doesn’t like Haynes because he’s an economist and a progressive who can debunk the nonsense that the Partnership churns out. Nothing against Darius Pridgen or Bryon McIntrye, but that seems to me a good reason to keep him around, if he’s still interested in the job.