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Maelstrom in WNY: Grisanti & Giambra Control 60th While Field gets Ready For 2013 | Commentary

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Maelstrom in WNY: Grisanti & Giambra Control 60th While Field gets Ready For 2013

Mark Grisanti will be proclaimed as the winner in the 60thSenate District, it’s just a matter of time. When the final word comes in Grisanti will have a familiar name in local politics to thank, Joel Giambra. It is said that Giambra is Grisanti’s cousin, but not sure if they are really blood cousins or political cousins. That is because like Giambra, Grisanti switched from Democrat to Republican to gain his office.

Giambra worked feverishly behind the scenes for Mark Grisanti and had many familiar faces from his days in the Rath Building working as well. Gimabra now works as a lobbyist/political operative for Park Strategies and the Grisanti victory over Antoine Thompson is a huge feather in his cap.

Grisanti will remain a Republican as a State Senator because strategically it’s the best place for him to be while serving in Albany. The Democrats are controlled and dominated by downstate while the Republicans are much more of an upstate power base. Grisanti will get much more lovin with the Republicans than Dems.

What should be great theatre is what happens in two years. The redistricting that will take place may make the 60thDistrict a more accommodating area for Republicans. Right now Democrats hold a 100,000 voter advantage, but speculation is that Senator Maziarz may end up with Niagara Falls in his 62nd District. More Republicans in the 60thwill increase Grisanti’s chances of being re-elected, but if the District remains as is expect another familiar name to enter the race, Francine Delmonte.

Delmonte lost because John Accardo upset her in the Democratic primary and then ran a very wishy washy race in the general election; leading to speculation that Accardo was a front man for the Maziarz controlled Republican Party in Niagara County all along.

Delmonte could run again in two years for her old seat and have a shot, but the 60th Senate has her drooling. With the Democratic majority and city of Niagara Falls in the 60th, Delmonte would have a very friendly voting bloc.

Antoine Thompson could be spoiled goods and look for him to receive a state appointed position from his pals in Albany. Thompson has been a loyal supporter of the downstate Dems, to his own demise and should get paid back handsomely.

Despite this rehashing of old familiar names, the new star on the horizon will be Mark Grisanti. The young, good looking Joel Giambra clone should have a bright first year, especially with the Republicans back in charge. From there who knows where Joel will run him next?   


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