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Vince Casale

Oberacker Runs For Seward Seat

TAGUE DROPS OUT OF RACE

Oberacker Runs

For Seward Seat

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Peter Oberacker

SCHENEVUS – Partner in his father’s market, executive with a multinational food corporation, entrepreneur in his own market-research firm, town supervisor, county representative and, now, candidate for state Senate from the Otsego-County-centric 51st District.

Grounded in Main Street and Wall Street, Peter Oberacker confirmed Tuesday, Jan. 28, that he will seek to carry forward the 34-year legacy of the retiring state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford.

“It’s been reassuring to have a state senator who knows us by name,” said the 53-year-old Republican from Schenevus, That’s also “the hardest part: trying to emulate Jim Seward, how he’s been serving the district for 30-40 years in a calming, non-controversial way.

The way forward opened up Tuesday evening as Assemblyman Chris Tague, R-Schoharie, whose district includes four Otsego County towns and was seen as the leading Republican contender to succeed Seward, took himself out of the running.  He cited loyalty to his 102nd District, where he was elected less than two years ago.

In the next two weeks, Oberacker said, county Republican Chairman Vince Casale will be introducing him to the county chairmen in the other eight counties in the 51st District, asking for their support.

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Initial soundings he’s taken are encouraging, Casale said.  “It’s important for us to keep representation in Otsego County” – it’s also the geographic center of the 51st – “as we’ve enjoyed for the past 34 years,” he added.

Asked about Oberacker’s intentions, Seward said “I’ve known the Oberacker family for decades.  He has the right skill set, demeanor and experience to make a great candidate.”  If Oberacker wins the support of the county GOP chairmen, “he certainly will have my full support.  I would consider him a very worthy successor.”

Before Seward announced he will be retiring on Dec. 31, when his current term ends, Jim Barber, a Schoharie farmer and son of J. Roger Barber, state Ag & Markets commissioner in the Carey Administration, announced he was seeking the Democratic nomination.  It’s unknown if other Democrats will now emerge.

Locally, two possible Democratic contenders, former Oneonta Mayor John Nader, now SUNY Farmingdale president, and Dan Crowell, the former county treasurer who is leaving the Army Reserves after returning this month from Somalia, have both said they are not interested in a Senate campaign.

Oberacker and his two sisters were born on Long Island.  As his father, Peter Sr., used to tell it, the family’s VW bus “ran out of gas and I bought a house.” Actually, the son says, his mother’s parents lived in the area.

The son was 5 at the time and grew up locally, graduating from Schenevus’ Andrew Draper High School, then studying food sales and distribution at SUNY Delhi.

He joined his father in operating Spicy Pete’s Meats, a retail and wholesaler. When his father passed away in 1993, the son joined General Spice, then became an executive chef at Conagra, developing Wendy’s spicy chicken breast, among other products.

By the turn of the century, he was working for German-based Budenheim USA, a food-additive company.  When Budenheim laid off U.S. executives, he and a colleague, Ron Wheeler, founded their own company, FormTech Solutions.

The R&D firm located in College Station, applying research developed by Texas A&M scientists to industry.  In 2018, Oberacker, the CEO, and Wheeler, the COO/president, moved the company to the Town of Maryland, east of Schenevus.

Oberacker and his wife Carol have two grown children, Holli and Derek.

During this period, Oberacker had been calling on accounts nationwide and commuting back and forth between College Station and the family’s home on Smokey Avenue.  He was elected Maryland town supervisor and, then, in 2015, was elected to the county Board of Representatives, succeeding Worcester’s Don Lindberg.

He quickly began to accumulate responsibilities, for the past two years as chairman of the Public Works Committee, which is currently studying a possible combined highway garage at the Northern Catskill BOCES in Milford, among other initiatives.

On learning of Seward’s decision to retire, Oberacker said he was concerned that initiatives of particular interest to him – a prospective 300-job distribution center at Schenevus’ I-88 exit, and a finding a safe berth for students in the financially troubled Schenevus Central School District – would fall by the wayside.

The first step of any prospective candidate, he said, is “you go to your wife, and you basically ask permission.”  Then “I called my business partner.  He looked at me as if I’d lost my head.”  However, “they both supported me,” and the effort was launched.

Will Impeachment Vote Since Delgado’s Future?

Will Impeachment Vote

Since Delgado’s Future?

GOP: Freshman Voted Against Constituents;

Democrats: He Was Following His Conscience

By JIM KEVLIN • Special To www.AllOTSEGO.com

Antonio Delgado in Oneonta recently. (James Cummings/AllOTSEGO.con)

COOPERSTOWN – Impeachment is part of the issue.

The other part is: By voting for President Trump’s impeachment, is freshman Congressman Anthony Delgado, D-19, endangering his chances of reelection?

Yes, said Otsego County Republican Chairman Vince Casale: “He’s going against the majority of the will of his constituents, against how they voted in 2016.”

Regardless, Delgado had to do what he believes, said Otsego County Democratic Chairman Aimee Swan: “Regarding impeachment, we think that Congressman Delgado is doing a great job communicating his reasoning to the voters and we believe that he will continue to have the kind of broad support that got him elected.”

The U.S. House of Representatives was scheduled to vote Wednesday, Dec. 18 – this edition went to press the night before – on two articles of impeachment against Trump, and Delgado announced Sunday the 15th that he would vote for both articles.

His colleague to the north, U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi of Utica, D-22, reached the same conclusion, but it was a tougher one:  In 2018, He had very narrowly beaten the incumbent, Republican Claudia Tenney, 50.9 percent to 49.1 percent, and she’s challenging him in 2020.

Delgado has a little more breathing space: He beat incumbent Republican John Faso by a lesser margin, 50.4 percent, but Faso’s margin was winnowed to 46.2 percent by Green and Independent candidates also running in the 19th.

So far, Delgado is facing a Republican challenge from Maj. Gen. (ret.) Tony German of Oneonta, former commander of the state National Guard.  And perhaps a more formidable one: Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, who ran for governor last year.  Casale said to expect news about formidable entries “after the first of the year.”

Hartwick College Poly-Sci Professor Laurel Elder agreed with Casale and Swan’s formulations, summing it up as follows: “We know it’s a very divided district; there’s no way he can please everybody.”

Harkening back to 2018, however, she recalled that several Democrats in the Congressional primary were significantly to the left of Delgado.  If he hadn’t stepped forward on impeachment, he might have provoked a primary next June.

“There’s energy in the wings of the party,” she observed.

Regardless, Delgado (and Brindisi) fall into a category that is generating a lot of interest: Democratic congressmen elected in 2018 to districts – some, like the 19th, are being called “purple districts” – that supported Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Trump won the 19th by 6.8 percentile points, to Delgado’s 4.2.  (In Otsego County, Trump’s margin was greater, 51.85 percent to Clinton’s 40.72 percent, or 11.13 percentile points.  In 2018, Delgado won 48.97 percent of Otsego’s votes; Faso, 48.47 percent, or 0.5 percentile points.)

Since, statistically, members of Congress are most vulnerable when running for reelection after one term, a counter-sweep next November could put Congress back in Republicans hands just in time for the 2021 reapportionment that will follow the 2020 Census.

An indication of that significance: Both national newspapers, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, had reporters shadowing Delgado the week leading up to his announced he’ll support impeachment.

The Journal’s Natalie Andrews reported Delgado being greeted by “vote no on impeachment cries” and a single “yes on impeachment” cry on arriving at a Town Hall meeting in Highland, Ulster County. She spoke to voters similarly split on the congressman, although they all seemed to like him.

Echoing what Aimee Swan said, The Times’ Emily Cochrane said voting for impeachment “had made it all the more important for Mr. Delgado and Democrats like him to find ways to show voters they are getting  things done in Congress, which is why he is crisscrossing his district through flurries, working on local issues and connecting with constituents.”

And why Speaker Nancy Pelosi scheduled Wednesday’s impeachment vote between votes on muscular legislation, one to fund the government, the other on the new NAFTA.

Delgado’s job could depend on it; and Pelosi’s.

Rare Races Possible For Mayor, Trustees

INCUMBENTS RUN; SO MAY INCUMBENTS

Rare Races Possible

For Mayor, Trustees

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Benton
Membrino
Tillapaugh

COOPERSTOWN – Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh says she’s running for a second term in next March’s village election, adding that first-term Trustee MacGuire Benton is likely to as well.

And Joe Membrino, also in his first term, said he’s planning to run again, too.

But for the first time since the GOP debacle in 2011, the Republican Party may be running a slate as well, which would be the first challenge for Democrats who have control all trustee seats for almost a decade.

“Prior to the November election, we put the wheels I motion to start looking for candidates,” Republican County Chairman Vince Casale, who lives in Cooperstown, said Tuesday Nov. 12. “We’ve seen quite a bit of interest already.”

In the few years prior to 2011, Village Board election were highly contested, with Republicans and Democrats fielding full slates.

That year, however, Republican Mayor Joe Booan revealed in February he had opened conversations with county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin, Jr., about turning over in-village policing to Devlin’s deputies.

The reaction brought Democrats Ellen Tillapaugh and Walter Franck onto the board, and reelected incumbent trustee Jeff Katz.

Booan spent a year struggling with a new Democratic majority, then retired in 2012, when Katz was elevated to mayor.

Except for Trustee Lou Allstadt, who sought both Republican and Democratic nominations when he ran in 2013, the Village Board has remained in Democratic hands ever since.

Because of neighbors’ rancor in recent months – over a proposed apartment house backing up to Pine Boulevard, flying the Pride Flag on the community flagpole, the installation of blinking traffic signs, a proposed Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskins Robbins outlet and, most recently, provisions for dormitories in a revised zoning code – Republicans may see an opportunity.

In an interview, Mayor Tillapaugh said she’s running to see a range of downtown and infrastructure improvements come to fruition, ranging from the $5 million in Doubleday Field renovations to upgrades to the water-treatment plant.

A redo of Pioneer Park, which the mayor championed, is “going to look fabulous,” she said.

While there has been some citizen unrest, Tillapaugh said the Village Board has sought to be accommodating.  For instance, the dormitory provision was removed after the public objected at an Oct. 28 public hearing, she said.

“We had a public hearing,” she said, “and the purpose of the public hearing was to listen to the public. It doesn’t mean you are always going to change things totally to make a group of people happy.”

However, she said, the trustees did adjust the proposed code in this case, and scheduled another public hearing for 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, their next regular meeting.

“I didn’t close the public hearing until everyone had a chance to speak,” she added.  The discussion went on for 45 minutes.

Asked if the other incumbents plan to run again, she said, “I assume Mac is,” a reference to Benton.  “And hopefully, Joe too.”

For his part, Benton said, “I’m not prepared to make an announcement at this time.”  Membrino, who was out of town, called to say he does intend to run, and would be interested in being interviewed further on his return.

Membrino was appointed to serve out Tillapaugh’s trustee term when she was elected mayor in March 2018,  when Benton ran unopposed to serve the rest of Allstadt’s term after that trustee resigned.

While town elections are administered by the county Board of Elections, village elections are overseen by Village Administrator Teri Barown.

Each party must hold caucuses to nominate candidates between Jan. 21 and Jan. 28.

Independents may also run for mayor or trustee, and must submit petitions with a minimum of 50 signatures between Feb. 4 and Feb. 11.

Village elections will be in mid-March.

Democrats Back Delgado; Casale Says, ‘Do Your Job’

LOCAL PARTIES REACT

Democrats Back Delgado;

Casale Says, ‘Do Your Job’

The Otsego County Democratic Party praises Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, for his “judgment and commitment to the critical oversight role” in changing his mind and now supporting President Trump’s impeachment.

But Republican County Chairman Vince Casale said the first-term congressmen is simply “appealing to a small angry group of socialist liberals who control his re-election.”

Casale Group Make List Of ‘Top 50’ Consultants

Magazine Includes Cooperstown Firm

Casale Group Make List

Of ‘Top 50’ Consultants

Vince Casale and Lynn Krogh at President Trump’s 2017 inauguration.

COOPERSTOWN – The Cooperstown-based Casale Group has been listed as Number 31 in the “Power 50,” New York State’s most influential political consultants, in the City & State New York magazine.

In particular, Vince Casale and Lynn Krogh, the husband-and-wife team, are identified as key advisers to Marc Molinaro, both in his gubernatorial run last year and this year’s race for his reelection as Dutchess county executive.

 

Republican Chair: More Races Likely For County Board

Republican Chair:

More Races Likely

For County Board

‘A Few Potential Candidates’ Will

Run As Independents, Casale Says

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Vince Casale

COOPERSTOWN – More Republican candidates then initially thought will be challenging Democrats this fall, county Republican Chairman Vince Casale said after Thurday evening’s AllOTSEGO.com report on petitions filed.

While it appeared only two county board seats would be contested  this fall, the GOP chair said “a few potential candidates” will file independent petitions to challenge Democrats in the Nov. 5 election.

“We’re not done yet,” Casale said.

While those candidates’ names could not appear on the Republican ballot line, they presumably could be endorsed and supported by the GOP County Committee.

CASALE: ‘Gotcha’ Politics May Backfire For Democrats

CASALE: ‘Gotcha’ Politics

May Backfire For Democrats

By JIM KEVLIN • The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta

COOPERSTOWN – Democrats are in for “a huge beating,” Otsego County Republican Chairman Vince Casale said in the wake of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s non-indictment outcome of a two-year investigation of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Vince Casale, Otsego County Republican chairman

“They’ve hung everything they’ve had on ‘collusion’ over the past two years,” said Casale, who is also a political consultant in statewide campaigns in New York.  “Now they’re sitting there, hat in hand.”

Speaking Monday, March 25, the day after Attorney General William Barr issued a synopsis of Mueller’s findings, Casale characterized the whole undertaking as an extension of “gotcha” politics set in motion by President Richard M. Nixon’s forced resignation in 1974.

“History has shown that usually the opposing side want there to be a scandal more than the real truth: that there is no scandal,” he said, whether the issue is President Reagan and the Contras, or “Monicagate.”

County’s GOP Chairman Reacts: Mueller Report’s 5 p.m. Transmittal Suggests It Has ‘Little Information’

MUELLER’S WORK IS DONE

GOP Chair Skeptical;

Democrat Anticipates

Release Of Particulars

Vince Casale
Aimee Swan

The reactions of Otsego County’s top Republican and Democrat differed to the news Special Counsel Robert Mueller has completed his investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential campaign and transmitted his finding to the Justice Department.

Given the news was not released until 5 p.m. on a Friday suggests it “contains little information the author wants people to know,” said county Republican Chairman Vince Casale, Cooperstown, when asked for his initial reaction to the news.

Anti-Amazon Forces Alive – In Oneonta

FROM THE CHAIRMAN’S PEN

Anti-Amazon

Forces Alive –

In Oneonta

Don’t think for a second that  the Amazon debacle we just experienced in New York City isn’t happening right here in our community.
This was more than evident at the City of Oneonta State of the City  Tuesday, March 5, as reported on www.AllOTESGO.com. What should have been a good evening for the city turned into a complete mess.
A small group of people with an unreasonable view on the environment put a complete stop to an announcement concerning the DRI (Downtown Revitalization Initiative) and particularly the future development of the D&H railyard.
The group was reported to be about 30 people. Of this group, a few were identified and I would assume even more don’t even live in the City of Oneonta. This certainly does not represent a majority view for the city or even our community.
Let’s be frank here, the people who shoulder the burden of the local tax levy, who are raising their families and who are truly concerned about the future of our whole community, are not attending meetings most evenings.
This “rule by loud angry mob” mentality is exactly what extreme radical socialist liberals like Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez did to stop Amazon in New York City and it is being done here in Otsego County as well.
These actions WILL KILL JOBS. Period.
Not only will these extremist actions delay development and keep jobs from coming, but if you were a business person looking to move here and saw this type of reaction to business growth you would run the other way too.
Many of you may have also heard of the recent crisis in Westchester County: ConEd has said it will be cutting off service to new customers and businesses due to a lack of supply and New York’s unwillingness to work toward an increase.
Make no mistake; this isn’t a problem unique to downstate or larger areas. It is happening right here.
The next time you see one of your elected representatives or a member of the Otsego Now board of directors, ask how many businesses have been turned away due to the lack of
energy supply in our county.
(Spoiler Alert: Prepare to be shocked!)
Now don’t get me wrong, I fully believe we need to protect our environment and I have always thought myself as more of a George Pataki Republican. I support protecting and preserving green space, our air, and water, but it cannot be done at the expense of smart and sustainable growth for our future.
We need to be responsible, but also take a reasonable approach and not create an undue burden on new or expanding businesses. While it is fair and sensible to be looking at new technologies and innovative ways to produce energy, we also can’t lose sight on working to create new jobs and expand the existing tax base. Or in our current situation scare business away with external radical rhetoric.
This is also not a problem or view of one political party. The Amazon deal was led by our Democratic governor and the meeting last evening in Oneonta was hijacked from the Democratic mayor and Common Council.
We are talking about a fringe group of people and elected officials who believe in socialism and an extreme liberal agenda and wish to invoke their values and will on all of us at any cost – literally…
All of us, regardless of political affiliation or of any attribute that may traditionally be thought to divide us, must band together.
We can start by supporting reasonable and responsible candidates who care first and foremost about our county and the issues most important to us here at home, rather than fall in line and follow the lead of a small and out-of-touch cabal who actually cheer and celebrate the killing of businesses and good jobs.
It’s anti-free market and certainly Un-American.

Vince Casale
is the chairman of the
Otsego County
Republican Committee.

 

Seward Appointed Top Republican On Finance Committee

Seward Appointed

Top Republican On

Finance Committee

Newly In Minority, Senator

Vows He’ll Fight For Upstate

In September 2015, Senator Seward brought then-newly minted Majority Leader John Flanagan of Long Island to The Otesaga to confer with key community leaders. Clockwise from front are Tunnicliff Inn proprietor Frank Leo, Hall of Fame Vice President Ken Meifert, Otsego Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan, retired assemblyman Tony Casale, Bassett Hospital’s then-president Vance Brown, Flanagan, Seward, Springbrook President Patricia Kennedy, Community Bank’s Joe Sutaris, and Bank of Cooperstown President Scott White.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – Otsego County’s state senator, Jim Seward, R-Milford, today announced he has been named ranking Republican member of the Senate Finance Committee by the Republican leader, John Flanagan.

With Seward on the committee, “Our budget priorities will be widely known and well-articulated, and we will stand up for taxpayers at every turn,” Flanagan said in announcing the appointment.

State Zigged To Democrats, But County Zagged To GOP

Editorial for November 16, 2018

State Zigged To Democrats,
But County Zagged To GOP

The Wall Street Journal headline was sly: “Blue Wave Breaks Softly.”
The article reported that, as of Nov. 6, Election Night, Democrats gained 27 Congressional seats in the midterms, regaining control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
That pales compared to Democrats losing 63 in the first Obama midterms in 2010, and losing the House as well; still, even one-vote control is control. (As canvassing ensued, it looks like Democrats may end up with plus 35 to 40 new seats; still, not the GOP Armageddon some were salivating over. And Republicans increased their margin in the U.S. Senate.)

Whatever – nationwide. But when you look at New York State government, the Blue Wave broke hard Upstate, not least over Otsego County, with some unnerving implications.
The state Senate zigged, turning from enduringly Republican to Democratic, a feat accomplished for only two years in a half-century.
But Otsego County zagged: With the loss of Democratic Assemblyman Bill Magee of Nelson, the one state senator and four assemblymen representing our county are all Republicans, about to dive into a Democratic sea.
That can’t be good.
State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, who will be operating without Magee’s steady support in the Democratic House for the first time since 1991, said he’s used to working in a bipartisan manner.
In an interview, he used the term “equitable distribution” twice, hoping the Democrats will extend the concept that has allowed the state’s largesse to be enjoyed statewide.
That would be great, but we’ll see.
More of an issue than Democrats and Republicans is Upstaters vs. downstaters, Seward observed. Only three of the state’s 30 senators are from north of Westchester County. It will be interesting to see how that plays out.
The GOP county chairman, Vince Casale, addressed the legislative picture. Now in control of Assembly, Senate and Governor’s Office, he predicts Democrats will seek to legalize marijuana as soon as January, and will press for adoption of the NY Plan, Medicare-like coverage for all Empire Staters – exciting, but perhaps bankrupting.
Depending how hard and fast the Democrats push, what went around in 2018 may come around in 2020.
Meanwhile, even local Democrats are a bit uneasy. Richard Sternberg, the Cooperstown village trustee who is also a member of the state Democratic Committee, said he hopes that, since our mayors are Democratic (Oneonta’s Gary Herzig and Cooperstown’s Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch), the funds will keep flowing.
And, as architect of Democratic gains on the Otsego County Board of Representatives last year, Sternberg is looking ahead to creating a majority next year; he’s only one seat short.
Given the new Albany reality, becoming aligned with the ruling party only makes sense, his remarks suggested.

If anything, we here in Otsego County compounded the zag by voting heavily for Marc Molinaro, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Republican challenger.
Arguably, Cuomo’s done more for Otsego County than any governor in decades, Democrat or Republican, and did so by embracing an all-American principle: competition.
The governor’s concept – divide the state into 10 regions and make them compete for state economic-development funding, and may the best ideas win – was brilliant.
In the past five years, Otsego County has competed and competed well, winning millions annually through CFAs; (the next round of “consolidated funding application” grants is due to be announced in December). Plus, remember Oneonta’s DRI.

In the world of New York State realpolitik, here’s more good news in the returns.
While the county as a whole supported Republicans, Oneonta and Cooperstown are strong Democratic enclaves, supporting Senator Seward, the county’s favorite son, but breaking blue on everything else.
Oneonta, for its population, and Cooperstown, for its iconic status, are not to be ignored, whatever party controls the state political apparatus.
Whoever’s in charge in Albany, there’s a lot to be done here, so fingers crossed.

GOP – And One Democrat Gather For Pancake Feast

GOP, And One Democrat, 

Gather For Pancake Feast

Dave Bliss, Republican chair of the Otsego County Board and a Rotarian, pours coffee for state Sen. – and candidate – Jim Seward, R-Milford, a few minutes ago at the traditional Cooperstown Rotary Club Election Day pancake breakfast at the Vets’ Club. With the senator are, from his left, daughter-in-law of two months Kelly Ann, daughter Lauren, wife Cindy and son Ryan. Seward is being challenged today by Democrat Joyce St. George, Margaretville area. Inset, Democratic kingmaker Richard Sternberg joined the Republican table that includes, at left, county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin, Jr. and County Clerk Kathy Sinnott Gardner; at right is Republican County Chair Vince Casale, who is also a top adviser to Republican Marc Molinaro’s campaign against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  Devlin is being challenged by Republican Bob Fernandez, a retired state trooper who appears on the Democrat line.  Sinnott Gardner is unopposed.  “I like these people,” said Sternberg.   The polls are open across Otsego County until 9 p.m.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor Reports Marc Molinaro Picks Casale Group

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor

Reports Marc Molinaro Picks Casale Group

The Casale Group – principals Vince and Lynn Casale are shown here at an inaugural ball for President Trump a year ago January – have been chosen by Republican Marc Molinari to run his political campaign.

In today’s weekly “Morning Headlines” on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Jim Kevlin, editor/publisher of www.AllOTSEGO.com (and Hometown Oneonta & the Freeman’s Journal), reports on The Casale Group, Cooperstown-based political consultants, being chosen by Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro to manage his campaign.

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Casale: Ruffles Happy With GOP, Never Sought Democratic Backing

Casale: Ruffles Happy With GOP,

Never Sought Democratic Backing

COOPERSTOWN – Responding to his Democratic counterpart a few moments ago, county Republican Committee Chairman Vince Casale said county treasurer candidate Allen Ruffles doesn’t want a Democratic cross-nomination.

“Mr. Ruffles has only sought the Republican nomination,” said Casale.  “He has never reached out to the Democrats at all,” and he has no plans to do so now.

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