The NYS Senate Race: Opening Act Completed – Time for the Headliner!
by John Duke - posted 2:02 pm, September 25, 2010
If you read Artvoice last week (09/16/10) you learned that Antoine Thompson had garnered 13,487 votes to his opponents’ 10,751 in the democratic primary for state senate. A plurality of over 2,000 votes. But there was considerably more opposition this year than there was when attorney Mark Grisanti challenged Thompson in the Democratic primary two years ago. Grisanti managed 6,838 votes in 2008, while Thompson pulled in a whopping 18,083. So Thompson attracted 4,500 fewer votes this year, while 4,000 more people went to the polls to vote against him.
Democrats in Niagara Falls came out to beat Thompson 61 percent to 39 percent; in Grand Island it was 80 percent to 20 percent; and in the City of Tonawanda Democrats rejected Thompson by an 84 percent to 16 percent difference. Also of note were the high numbers of voters that came out in these normally slumbering districts. Thompson also lost 62.5% of the eight districts in the City of Buffalo. But Thompson was able to win the City of Buffalo by 4,000 votes because of the two districts (out of 11) where he is popular: Masten and Ellicott.
In Artvoice Daily, I weighed in on Antoine Thompson and the then upcoming primary elections: “Thompson has proven himself bad for business, bad for the environment, and bad for the families of Western New York. He believes that regardless of his track record, he will be reelected because you won’t come out to vote. If you don’t vote, he will win. He is counting on the votes of less than 1/1,000th of New York State’s population to support him. He will get approximately five percent (roughly 15,000 people) of the 60th Senate District to vote for him. He won’t get less and he can’t get more.” Thompson received 14,000 votes. “If more than 10 percent vote, he is in danger; 16 percent or more and he is toast.” Less than 10 percent came out to vote. “He is completely vulnerable if you aren’t lazy.”
Grisanti is again challenging Thompson, but it will be different this year—it will be in November’s general election as a Democrat running on the Republican and Conservative lines. Thompson supporters can’t rest easy in this race. Primary Tuesday produced an epidemic of Democrats across the region coming to the polls to try to vote for Carl Paladino in the Republican gubernatorial primary—which of course they could not do—and many of them will come back in November, and they will not be disposed to vote for Thompson. Add in a probable high local turnout for independents and disenfranchised Democrats.
Within 72 hours of the primary, Thompson’s next scandal was reported in the Buffalo News. It was titled: “More Wasted Money!” The article detailed how Thompson funneled $400,000 to a New York City billionaire rather than giving it to the City of Niagara Falls to use for demolition of abandoned buildings. The following day the Buffalo News reported; “Falls fire claims life of 8-year-old boy!” The story was about an eight-year-old boy who died in a fire in Niagara Falls in an abandoned building.
In this week’s Riverside Review, Iggy Provanzano writes,; “Antoine Thompson has become more than a state-wide embarrassment; Antoine Thompson has become hazardous.”
Once again, for your listening pleasure – “Taxman Thompson” by Save Buffalo