By John Duke
While watching my favorite political shows on Sunday, Deface the Nation and Meet the Depressed, I decided there was no way I could vote for either major party candidate. I couldn’t vote for Trump because for some unknown reason all the fair and balanced television stations are telling me not to. Why else would NBC (Nothing But Clinton) CBS (the Clinton Broadcasting Station) ABC (All aBout Clinton) and CNN (the Clinton News Network) tell me not to vote for him. Plus, I can’t vote for Clinton because she doesn’t like Roman Catholics and I am one. And since I want my vote to somehow count, I’m voting for Bernie Sanders!
The question now becomes, “will Byron Brown be able to help his candidate, Amber Small, in the 60th State Senate District (North Buffalo, Kenmore, Tonawanda, Grand Island and the Southtowns)? Small has 2 opponents, County Clerk Chris Jacobs, whom she is currently running a smear campaign against, and Green Party Candidate James DePasquale, whom she’s trying to keep off the ballot to limit voters choices.
If DePasquale’s name seems familiar to you it’s goes back to the Roc Mar, Milsher Days when he bowled with friends John Masiello, Tony’s brother, and Ben Galletti, sometimes known as King Ben because he holds court at Casey’s on Amherst Street on week nights.
DePasquale’s a new comer to WNY’s world of rough and tumble politics. He is an environmentalist, not known for politics. He decided to campaign from the Green Party line when no one else did. Basically he’s a one issue candidate who hopes to clean Hoyt Lake. According to DePasquale, “ he is the only candidate who can win this year without being elected if he is able to focus the other candidates attention on the environmental disaster Hoyt Lake has become. State senator after state senator as well as mayor after mayor have promised to clean Hoyt Lake and then each forget their promises once they’re elected.”