Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke, who is running for State Assembly, held a news conference in the midst of Erie County budget hearings Tuesday to propose a new local law that would limit the ability of Erie County vendors to contribute more than $100 to any candidate running for election or re-election. But it was his kids who stole the show.
With his 7-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter sitting nearby, Burke took the lectern to say the goal of his proposal was to end "pay-to-play schemes," especially on the heels of the bid-rigging scandal associated with the Buffalo Billion.
"Public trust is shattered right now," he said.
But as soon as he ended the news conference, his son, nicknamed "Pat-Pat," slid behind the lectern and started speaking.
"Hi. I'm Patrick, and I want to be just like my dad," he told the assembled media. "But my sister is a real pain – because she's a hater."
The sister, Maggie, then wrapped a rather forceful arm around her brother, which did not stop Pat-Pat from again laughingly referring to his sister as a "hater," before Burke ushered the two out of the room.