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September 13, 2012

Labor jumps into Senate fray


Tonawanda News —

The origin of Moriarty’s campaign, such as it is, came into greater focus this week with the emergence of several pro-Moriarty mailers to party members earlier this week. The unsigned letters used the Working Families and UAW logos “falsely,” a party official said. Witryol also is endorsed by the UAW New York State Region 9 CAP.

Moriarty is one of several potential candidates for 62nd District state senate who were interviewed by a Working Families endorsing committee earlier this year, according to Lenney, the party’s upstate political coordinator.

Like all interviewees, Moriarty was asked for his pledge to not challenge the endorsee if he wasn’t selected. Lenney said Moriarty made that pledge — and then broke his word by filing petitions to fight Witryol for the party line.

If Moriarty wins today’s primary he would likely sap votes away from Witryol’s overall tally in November.

Working Families officials again raised the suspicious circumstances under which Moriarty’s designating petitions were passed. None were carried by Moriarty himself or any fellow Working Families party member, they were carried exclusively by notaries public and commissioners of deeds who all happen to be Republican party functionaries or associates. 

Among those responsible for getting Moriarty on the ballot were Glenn Aronow, a former member of veteran GOP state Sen. George Maziarz’s staff; Michael Carney, Niagara County deputy GOP election commissioner; Patti Weiss, a member of the county Republican executive committee; James Sobczyk, Niagara County auditor and a Conservative party operative; and Niagara County Legislator Tony Nemi, an Independence party member who caucuses with the GOP majority.

Witryol, who spent time “door knocking” at Working Families homes Wednesday, trying to undo misinformation contained in the unsigned, pro-Moriarty campaign literature, said she would not comment on Ortt’s alleged connection with the race.

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