Thursday, January 16, 2014

Left Seeks Valesky Challenger

Fed up with what they see as the IDC’s inability to deliver on its promise that a power-sharing deal with the GOP would result in passage of key progressive agenda items, Central New York liberals are quietly seeking a primary challenger to Syracuse Democrat Sen. David Valesky.

Multiple sources confirmed that Valesky – the lone upstate member of the IDC (Sen. David Carlucci hails from Rockland County) – is in the liberal crosshairs, though efforts to find someone willing to run against him in September (or June, if the Legislature manages to agree on moving the state primary date to coincide with congressional contests) have so far not borne fruit.

At least two names have been floated as potential primary opponents to Valesky: Former Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll, currently serving as president and chief executive officer of the state Environmental Facilities Corp.; and Assemblyman Sam Roberts.

Driscoll issued the following statement through a spokesman: “I have not been been approached on this matter, and I’m solely committed to the important work we do at the Environmental Facilities Corporation.”

Roberts did not return a message left at his legislative office seeking comment.

A Democratic source said Roberts is actively seeking someone to take on Valesky, though he is not likely to run himself, since he would have to give up a safe seat to do so. “He has been talking to a lot of people lately,” the source said of Roberts. “He’s really pissed, but not pissed enough to run on his own.”  Continue Reading

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