Maria Whyte moves forward, good uncle Jeremy Jacobs, Karla Thomas no longer in Grassroots
Legislator Maria Whyte is moving on and looking forward to her bid as the Democratic candidate for Erie County Clerk still vacant since Kathy Hochul won the special election for 26th congressional district on May 24, 2011.
I spoke with Whyte on one of her campaign stops on Labor Day out in Grand Island. I asked her what she thought about Gov. Andrew Cuomo failing to fill the still vacant Erie County Clerk seat. She listened, stared at me for a second and told me how nice it was for people to be interested in what’s going on in local politics.
She said she was moving forward with her campaign though disappointed that Gov. Andrew Cuomo didn’t appoint her to the vacant Erie County Clerk seat yet.
But she was moving forward confident she had the support of the constituents in heavily Democratic Erie County even after Len Lenihan decided he was not stepping down as the Chairman of the Erie County Democratic Party essentially putting the nail into her political campaign this season, as well as, others.
And perhaps it wasn’t a bad idea when Whyte had first consider running for City of Buffalo Comptroller some say it would have been a more politically manageable race and within her campaign budget that five weeks ago Bob McCarthy Buffalo News reporter wrote “…weighed in July 15 with only $18,295 on hand.” McCarthy said Whyte’s candidacy has failed to excite state-wide honchos as well.
So what’s a poor girl to do? Well, Whyte said if she doesn’t win her plan B is to return to school to study law. Yet we need not lose hope in her campaign as Whyte still moves forward shaking the electorate hands and handing out her palm cards too, something her self-financing competitor School Board member at-large Republican candidate Christopher started earlier.
It doesn’t hurt Jacobs either for his uncle Jeremy Jacobs of Delaware North Companies to be among Gov. Cuomo’s top local campaign donors. So that $80,000 or more funds he spent to capture a merely $5,000 stipend Buffalo Board of Education at-large seat two years ago might just pay off for him.
How nice it is to distract a Democratic Governor just enough to make him look the other way…leave a Democratic seat vacant to give a Republican candidate a nudge.
I was in the cafeteria in City Hall on Wednesday Al Thompson said hello. I looked at him and responded aren’t you the chairman of Grassroots and he said, “yes.” Then, I asked if Karla Thomas–the former Commissioner of Human Resources– still a member of the group. Thompson said, “no.”