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Paid for by Citizens for a Horrible WNY

It’s not the fault of the newly constituted “WNY Progressive Caucus” that it (or someone using its mail permit) sent out anonymous, no-attribution lit blasting incumbent legislators Betty Jean Grant and Tim Hogues, and praising challengers Joyce Wilson Nixon and Barbara Miller-Williams. So long as people aligned with the breakaway Steve Pigeon faction of disgruntled nominal Democrats exist, there will be nonsense. It is ever thus. 

The literature in question accuses Betty Jean Grant of being evil and bad with money, and accuses Hogues of helping Republican towns with their roads. Smearing Grant is baseless and offensive, but Hogues is running against Barbara Miller-Williams, who collaborated with former Republican County Executive Chris Collins to give the GOP minority a de facto majority for two years. Miller-Williams sold out her district, her community, and her principles for political gain which, thankfully, was short-lived. The hypocrisy is thick as molasses. 

Do you think that these people need to reveal who they are on that literature? You’re wrong. In a state race, there is no requirement whatsoever that the sponsor of an advertisement reveal themselves. “Paid for by” isn’t a requirement. Typical New York, that – protecting shenanigans, instead of informing the voting public. 

Generally, a PAC like the “WNY Progressive Caucus” would need to disclose where its money is coming from. But here, it’s so new, it hasn’t filed anything. A woman named Kristi Mazurek is listed as the group’s treasurer. She is a commentator for WGRZ’s Sunday political show, 2Sides, and has been running the campaigns of a few Democratic legislature candidates who are challenging people endorsed by the county Democratic committee. As I wrote in August

It should be noted that WGRZ 2Sides co-host Kristy Mazurek is [Wes] Moore’s and [Rick] Zydel’s campaign manager. Query why [her former co-host Stefan] Mychajliw would have felt the need to abandon the show when he ran for public office, yet the Democrat on the show feels no similar ethical obligation to do so, going so far as to attempt to ridicule an opponent on Facebook who wasn’t interested in going on the show. 

Mazurek had taken to Facebook to ridicule Moore’s opponent Wynnie Fisher for refusing to appear on 2Sides. Yet why on Earth would a candidate appear on a show to be interrogated by her opponent’s campaign manager? It’s an insane proposition. (N.B., David Pfaff is a known Pigeon associate): 

And so, Mazurek has Palinistically taken to Facebook again to issue a non-denial denial about the WNY Progressive Caucus’ literature: 

Translation: Zellner didn’t hire / get me hired for something-or-other, and so I’m going to align myself with the people who are working to undermine and unseat him. Note that Mazurek doesn’t deny that she or her PAC sent out the anti-Hogues and anti-Grant mailings. She simply says the complaints “don’t have merit”. So, I replied: 

Reply, (right under one from Erick Mullen, who did all of Jack Davis’ ads that relentlessly went after endorsed Democrat Jon Powers in ’08): 

I have no idea what that means. So, 

There was no reply, natch.I don’t think Ms. Mazurek knows what “meritless” means.

These types of anonymous mailers come out all the time, and when anonymous, you can bet that the people behind it want to keep you in the dark. You should be insulted by them – they figure you’re an idiot; an ignoramus. Yet there’s no law that says they have to disclose who they are. 

So, if you’re outraged when your candidate gets anonymously and unfairly slammed by anonyms, you’re going to have to lobby Albany to demand that the Election Law be amended to (a) require that all campaign advertisements and literature clearly disclose who paid for them; and (b) institute a hefty penalty for any violations – penalties that are confiscatory deterrents. 

I’m sick and tired of nasty people with unclean hands making electoral politics dirtier than it has to be. If Mazurek and the people behind the group for which she is treasurer think that Tim Hogues is a closet Clarence Republican and that Barbara Miller-Williams is the reincarnation of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, then they should disclose who they are. 

By the way, if you’re a disgruntled Frank Max supporter or in league with Steve Pigeon, that’s swell – but instead of working with Republicans and the fusion parties actively to undermine endorsed Democrats, why not convince the various and sundry committee members why they should vote for Max over Zellner for party chair next time around? If you’re in league with the Conservative Party, why even pretend to be a Democrat? 

We’re a region with a lot of dummies running too many horrible governments, and at a bare minimum we should know who’s behind what. 


  • Know Saint

    Perhaps there should also be a law against REPEAT DWI convicts managing campaigns, even though you would think candidates Zydel and Moore would have more sense and not let Mazurek and Pfaff anywhere near their campaigns.

    How can someone of such ill-repute tell me who I should put into public office?

    It also sucks that Pfaff and Mazurek attempts at jokes BOMBED – pun intended.

    Have no worry though, if you see the mailers for the BMW and Joyce Wilson Nixon sides, it’s classic Pigeon, making your opponent look as if they are a United States Senator. Pigeon attack mailers ALWAYS have the unintended effect of elevating the stature of his opponent when trying to tear them down. Funny. People are saying that the anti-Hogues mailers are actually helping Hogues. That’s ALWAYS the Pigeon effect.

    And Pigeon ALWAYS waits until the deadline for filing notice of a new campaign committee has passed before starting to mail. Classic Pigeon again.

    Looks to me like Pigeon, Max and Pfaff are just USING Mazurek, and she is either too stupid or drunk to understand.

    The team of Pigeon, Max, Zydel, Moore, Miller-Williams, Nixon, and Pfaff are a WITCHES BREW in the Democratic Party, in any position in government, and upon an unsuspecting public.

    Funny, this group even includes an actual self-professed Witch.

    Which one is it?

    • Ridgewaycynic2013

      Couple the above info with the facts of Dunn’s campaign advisor having DWI woes, and all I can conclude is WNY politics is a thirsty business.

      • Know Saint

        I understand that Mazurek and Pfaff are also running the Dobson for Sheriff campaign!

      • Ridgewaycynic2013

        Christ, the WCTU would have a field day with the bunch we’ve got around here.

    • SHAgirl

      Please, alcohol & DWI is the least of Kristy’s past substance uses. You see Kristy has so much dirt & skeletons in her closet that she would not be able to run for anything. You know the meme of “I should run for office so I can unearth my 20s”? Yeah, that was Kristy starting in High School.

  • fhjfdhjkd

    Not to mention that Joyce Nixon hasn’t even registered a campaign committee with the Board of Elections and has been raising and spending money illegally for months. Or did the WNY Progressive Caucus pay for her signs and literature? Who did Tim Kennedy write his check to when he attended her fundraiser at Buffalo Live last month?

  • dglo

    Don’t know how Kristy qualifies as a political operative other than the fact that she is so full of both sh*t and of herself. And I agree with the poster who said she is either too stupid or too drunk to understand that she’s being used by the Pigeon Cabal.