30 May, 2006

Momentum Builds For Faso As Erie County Pulls A Switcheroo

With the Republican state convention just one day away, the John Faso campaign is picking up steam.

Faso announced that the Erie County GOP endorsed him yesterday. That news is huge because Erie County's delegation holds sway over 5.64% of the votes at the convention and the county had previously been in the William Weld column. So, that's a swing of more than 11 points.


Earlier this year, former county party chairman Bob Davis endorsed Weld, then announced he was leaving the post.

The new county chairman James Domagalski announced the Erie County Republican Committee's endorsement of Faso yesterday.

Here's the UrbanElephants.com endorsement tally BEFORE yesterday's annnouncement. Do the math and that puts Faso in the lead.

Also, Capitol Confidential is reporting today that Assembly Minority Leader Jim Tedisco has thrown his support behind Faso. Tedisco is the highest ranking Republican to weigh in the race so far.

ERIE GOES FOR McFARLAND IN THE SENATE RACE

Erie County went the more moderate route in it's choice for Senate. KT McFarland's campaign announced that the Erie County Republican Committee endorsed her candidacy for U.S. Senate. McFarland also picked up the endorsement of the chairwoman of the GOP in Jefferson County, Sandra Corey.

McFarland is coming closer to the 25% support she needs at the convention to get her name on a primary ballot, where she would face John Spencer, who has already won the endorsement of the Conservative Party of New York State.

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