This may be an indication how serious the Democrats are about winning the 61st Senate District: Candidate Joe Mesi has raised nearly $140,000 from outside-district sources, while getting only not even a fraction of that from within the district ($350).
This, according to the Buffalo News.
Mesi's campaign says the next finance filing, which will cover donations received after Sept. 29, will show a lot more in-district fund raising.
Mesi himself, incredibly and suspiciously, was not available for an interview, according to reporter Tom Precious
Meanwhile, they hit Ranzenhofer with this:
“We’re dismayed Mike Ranzenhofer continues to rely on cash from government contractors seeking subsidies and sweetheart deals,” said Emma Wolfe, a Mesi spokeswoman.
Is this where this once admirably issue-based campaign turns nasty?
When we've written about Mesi, our Democratic readers haven't shown much interest in him. When I talk with people around the district, they also note that Mesi isn't generating much interest in the area. I wonder why that is? He's a credible candidate, whom state Democrats obviously want to win, with the kind of off-beat bio that can resonate with voters. Why the big yawn so far?
Has Mesi made any public appearances in Genesee County yet. My perception, though potentially unfair, is he's been pretty much a no-show around these parts so far.
If you've met Mesi, tell us what you think of him?
Meanwhile, the New York Times is reporting that Gov. David Paterson is on a mission to help Democrats win control of the Senate.
Mr. Mesi’s race in particular is considered a must-win for Democrats in their quest for a Senate majority.
“I think four or five months ago, David was not where he is today,” said Senator Eric T. Schneiderman, a Manhattan Democrat. “I think he’s concluded we’re going to win and that he has a better shot at mobilizing the state against the challenges we’re facing with a Democratic Senate.”
Do you think it's good for one party to control all levers of power in Albany? To me, as much as I distrust the two-party system, I'm even more leery of a one-party system.
Here's a new TV commercial from Ranzenhofer (nothing new from Mesi on YouTube):