A sidebar to this year's elections occured this week when independent candidate for governor Kristin Davis ask if I would like to run as LG on her Anti-Prohibition Party ticket. The candidate on her petitions dropped off at the last minute.....This was like out of the blue.
Ms. Davis and legendary GOP operative Roger Stone called me this week about the matter. They obviously wanted someone with government and political experience to boost their chances of the party getting 50,000 votes and ballot status. I had never met either of them before.
I appreciate their kind offer, but as an office holder this is not something that fits for me. There are several independent candidates vying for governor and while I wish Ms. Davis well, and I do support the 19th Amendment, my views are not consistent with the wholly libertarian views of this fledgling party.
I do support individuals trying to use third parties to raise awareness of their issues, but I am committed to my current duties as mayor.
Hopefully, Ms. Davis and all the candidates for governor will take the time to visit upstate communities including Watertown and I am always willing to impart upstate issues to them.
While Andrew Cuomo will be the next governor, the many voices that will be heard in the interim also are important.
In any event, its the first time I have been called by a madame...albeit a retired one.