Diedre Scozzafava may indeed be a typical Albany politician as the Dems say in their latest TV ad, but there really is not another Albany scandal as implied by the ad.
The attack ad sponsored by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee looks like the type of ad Republicans cobbled together to use against Darrel Aubertine.....Unflattering photos, catchy graphics, sorta true but not illuminating.
The tax break she voted for was the extension of the Empire Zone program for which her brother's business did get consideration. To be fair its a program championed by many local pols and bureaucrats because it provided an out to rescue select businesses from New York's horrific tax code. (This just came to me.....is there an EDZ in Plattsburgh ? And was it used in the alleged creation of those 2,000 jobs....?)
There were lots of abuses of the system engineered by crafty lawyers good at corporate shirt changing. That was not something that involved Scozzafava.
Then there are the 190 tax hikes she supported....Mostly, according to the WDT, just votes for home rule bills that allowed local governments to impose or extend sales and bed taxes.
Legislating creates a record....which is open to interpretation. The other candidates don't have a record, so without exhaustive opposition research, we know little about them.
Now Scozzafava's record is fair game and most of us have a pretty good feel for what she is all about. I also know her as a neighbor...."one of us" if you will.
Is that enough of a reason to vote for someone ?
Only time will tell...if the more numerous voters in the western end of the district go with "one of us" she wins.....If one of our own isn't good enough, she loses.
The election is really all about her.