With no NHL season and local professional hockey teams starting their seasons, the Mayor of Glens Falls wants everyone to know he doesn't support Matt Doheny for Congress.
Mayor Jack Diamond is a Democrat and has ordered that the local hockey team run a disclaimer during pubilc address announcements paid for by the GOP campaign as part of a campaign sponsored event with the team.
As coincidence would have have it, in Watertown, the Privateers open up Friday and Mr. Doheny, a hockey player when growing up in Alex Bay, is holding a similar event for his supporters at a local restaurant and then going with his fans to the game at the Fairgrounds Arena.
I think people are smart enough to know teams sell shout-outs during time out and sell all sorts of promotional stuff like ads on dasher boards. That's a big part of their business model as the players are paid.
A candidate buying an ad package during a game is not municipal backing of a candidate any more than any other ad you see means anything more. But its political season, and I am sure the pressure is on to make sure the candidate and party who didn't support the team are not offended.
Obviously, political demonstrations at city events could be overdone and doing so would probably cause more resentment than benefit. However, a candidate supporting a team hardly requires a disclaimer. Attending an off site rally and then going to a game to be seen at a community event does not cross a line.
A few years ago, an opponent of mine bought display ads on city busses and finished third in the primary. Go figure.
Mayor orders disclaimer on Doheny advertising at Civic Center