America last night voted for change. A number of key national and local elections slid from the grip of the Republican party and into the hands of the Democrats, a trend not lost on local politicos.
“The color of choice tonight is blue,” said Chenango Democratic Committee Chairman Catherine Ulfik at the party’s Broad Street headquarters.
Many local Republicans attributed the Democrats’ advantage to national issues plaguing the party, such as the deteriorating situation in Iraq. “I think we’re seeing a tsunami effect of democratic voters coming out. It’s been an uphill battle. A lot of our politics are local; not everything is tied to Washington,” said Assemblyman Cliff Crouch, who reclaimed his GOP seat last night.
Thomas Morrone, Republican Committee Chair for Chenango County, congratulated a number of local Republican victors and expressed disappointment over the congressional race between Michael Arcuri and Raymond Meier. “Arcuri and Meier had a great run. I just hope Arcuri will be able to deliver like our Sherwood Boehlert,” said Morrone.