Former Thompson Staffer: Antoine Should Run Again
by Artvoice Staff (@Artvoice) - posted 10:38 am, April 13, 2012
Last Friday evening and again on Monday afternoon, WGRZ-TV raised the possibility of former State Senator Antoine Thompson challenging incumbent State Senator Tim Kennedy. Channel 2 also brought up some of Thompson’s more damaging misadventures, including this one: Two years ago State Senator Mark Grisanti’s campaign, helped by the news media, took Thompson to task when he and his chief of staff—Mark Boyd, who made $86,000 per year—took a week off while the legislature was in session to spend time in Jamaica.
We asked a Democratic political operative who worked on the successful campaigns of both Thompson and Grisanti what he thought of Thompson’s prospects. We were surprised by his response.
John Duke, of the First Amendment Club, thinks people should look at what Thompson has been doing during his time off. “Thompson has been engaged in real estate business and is the publisher of a top-shelf, high-quality weekly newspaper, Black WNY,” Duke said. ” Thompson belongs in government and that voters will see it that way. No one should have a problem going into the voting booth a pulling the lever for Thompson because of what some one else may or may not have done.”