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Lorigo Cracks Knuckles in Rodriguez’s Direction

Pity poor Republican candidate for Buffalo Mayor Sergio Rodriguez. The Erie County Republican Committee won’t back him, and the impotent city committee was slow to endorse. He’s even supposedly getting a challenge for the Republican nod from professional Grisanti hater and perennial candidate Matt Ricchiazzi

Because of electoral fusion, Rodriguez has the option to run on a minor party line. The established minor parties have, naturally, endorsed the incumbent. They scratch each other’s backs. So, Rodriguez has to mount a write-in campaign for the Conservative line, and may opt to pursue an independent nominating petition, which enables Rodriguez to create a one-off party line (think Jack Davis’ “Save Jobs Party” and Chris Collins’ “Taxpayers First Party”). 

The independent party line is to be called the “Progressive Party”, according to this blog post, and would enable Rodriguez to reach out to Democrats (who outnumber Republicans 7:1 in Buffalo) without requiring them to fill in a GOP box on their ballot. 

But notice this passage: 

None of this, however, is sitting well with Erie County Conservative Chairman Ralph C. Lorigo, a strong Brown backer. The chairman said he likes Rodriguez, but the effort will not help his relationship with the often influential minor party.

 “That could potentially destroy a relationship that can be built in the future,” he said. “It would be difficult to fight, but we would.”

Nothing like a minor party boss trying to intimidate and bully a hard-working, young Republican candidate for Mayor 0f Buffalo. That people like Ralph Lorigo have any political power whatsoever is the root of New York corruption and dysfunction. Ask yourself why the so-called “Conservative Party” might be backing the Democratic mayor instead of a Republican challenger. Ask yourself whether that’s based on principle or something completely not principle at all. 


  • Hank Kaczmarek

    Well put Alan. First off, I don’t think there IS a Republican Party in Erie County. And I know for CERTAIN there is no CONSERVATIVE Party. For a Conservative to support a total asshat like BB is the antithesis of Conservatism. I applaud Mr. Rodriguez for his run for the Mayor’s office, especially since the last Republican Mayor of Buffalo was elected 53 years ago. And I urge the Democrats to give what he has to say a listen. I would recommend to Mr. Rodriguez that he run on the issues and try to downplay any party affiliation. ANYONE would be better than the tool who sits on the 2nd floor of City Hall presently.

  • Scott Whitmire

    ” That people like Ralph Lorigo have any political power whatsoever is the root of New York corruption and dysfunction.
    Ask yourself why the so-called “Conservative Party” might be backing
    the Democratic mayor instead of a Republican challenger. Ask yourself
    whether that’s based on principle or something completely not principle
    at all. ”

    We don’t often agree, but this is spot on. The GOP in NY is a dysfunctional, atrophied mess.

    • Ridgewaycynic2013

      And as a self professed Democrat, let me observe there are a LOT of times them Dems aren’t any better.

    • Tori Poczkalski

      This is why I suggest more people get involved and fight for what is right! Instead of complaining about it.

  • Tori Poczkalski

    WTG Sergio! You have a lot of backers from all parties :-)
    I personally didn’t understand the so called endorsement from the Conservative Party… But now days it dose not matter what party you belong to… People are more likely to vote on the issues that concern them the most… Crime, Education, Poverty and Jobs… so many people have left the city, this is a FACT that the Mayor can not deny.
    God Bless Sergio for telling the truth that the people need to hear.

  • Minnow

    This guy, Sergio, is full of crap. He defaulted his student loans because he thinks America owes him something. He only paid up when he was forced because of the campaign. He can go cry about being bullied but we don’t care. We don’t owe you anything Rodriguez!

    • JJP14201

      You’re just mad because someone had the nerve to challenge the Democratic party in Buffalo.

  • Minnow

    I question his service record too! He does not look or act like a Marine!

    • JJP14201

      Have you served Minnow?

  • Brian Graz

    I repeat a previous point… “The GOP in NY is a dysfunctional, atrophied mess”.

  • Robert Patrick Moscato

    If I was a redisent of the City of Buffalo you can be sure Sergio would have my support. It is a shame but the National GOP is following in the footsteps of the NYS GOP. Being the lapdog for the Democrats who run things.

  • Mike

    The independent party line is to be called the “Progressive Party”

    ============================================
    How special to use the dishonest label of “Progressive” which is the term preferred by the CPUSA and DSA to hide one’s Marxist/communist roots. Saul Alinsky deception at its finest.

    • http://www.buffalopundit.com/ Alan Bedenko

      Fuck you.