Amherst Republicans lost for a few simple reasons
The recent Buffalo News front page story titled, “What happened to Amherst’s Republicans?” regarding the recent election that yielded, for the first time in 50 years, what will be an all-Democrat Town Board, provided me with more than a few chuckles.
Forget all the statistics and local pols quoted in this story. In this election they played a marginal role, at best, in explaining the outcome. From the point of view of the man in the street, the reasons the Republican Town Board candidates lost are legion and much less complicated. A few of the major causes for their defeat follow: Their campaign manager, Joseph Heins, couldn’t make up his mind if he wanted to be the campaign manager or run for office himself; Heins’ constant clarion carping about why his candidates would not take part in any meaningful debates throughout the entire campaign; the outlandish amount of campaign contributions to the Republican candidates caught the attention of the 36 percent of eligible voters that bothered to vote as never before; the only attack mailer that I am aware of was put out by the Democrats, with just the right touch, tying, correctly, the opposition as “Trump” groupies with no attempt to refute the assertion.
Heins was right about one thing, he was quoted as saying in this story: “Amherst voters are savvy and don’t typically vote straight party line all the time.” He should have taken his own observation into consideration when developing his campaign strategy.
Edward F. McKee