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Tuesday Sept. 9, 2008, was Primary Day across New York State. Wednesday Sept. 10, 2008 elected officials, Democratic Party County Chairmen, the Buffalo News, radio talk shows, Union leaders, Retired U.S. Army Generals, Bloggers, et al, across New York State were shaking their heads and asking themselves, “What the hell just happened.”

What happened was testimony to the fact that a person with intelligence, a legitimate plan, and a desire to stick with the issues can win an election even though they had been considered a minor irritant in the big congressional picture.

Victory sure can be sweet.

At approximately 10:40PM Tuesday night, the Associated Press called the Democratic Party primary for the 26th U.S. Congressional District seat for the state of New York. Alice Kryzan was declared the winner. Western New York and National Democratic Party politics had been shaken to the bone.

Let me tell you about Alice. Alice is a 60 year old retired Environmental Lawyer. She is soft spoken, carries a big smile, is intelligent, concerned, imaginative, hard working, confident and fearless. She has a message of hope for one of the most depressed areas of not only the State of New York, but, the United States as a whole.

Lined up against her was locally popular industrialist and two time endorsed Democratic Party standard bearer for this same congressional seat, Jack Davis. Mr. Davis promised to spend up to $3 million of his own money to win this race.

The third candidate was the 30 year old Jon Powers. Mr. Powers was the media and blog darling of the campaign. He was in Newsweek magazine for starting a kids charity while a serving in Iraq, War Kids Relief. Every single time he was written up in the media it was, Jon Powers, Iraq War Veteran. A piece of free advertising from an adoring media who like most had come to the conclusion that service automatically qualifies you for politics and guarantees your success.

Powers was endorsed by Viet Nam and other Veterans groups, members of the U.S. Senate John Kerry and Bob Kerrey and Pennsylvania Congressman Patrick Murphy, retired Generals Wesley Clark and Paul Eaton, all 7 Democratic Party County Chairmen in the congressional district, the minor Working Family Party, the New York State AFL-CIO and over 30 individual labor unions, four large PACs, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Red to Blue Program, and nearly every Democratic/Progressive blog in the state one of who routinely cross posted on the Daily Kos and Huffington. His campaign had raised over $1,000,000 for this primary run.

As for miss Kryzan, she had her family, her friends, her neighbors, her law associates, local environmental groups, a respected now retired long time Congressman John LaFalce, the National Organization of Women PAC, and two small local blogs - Buffalo 14228 (Amherst, NY) and Women With Opinions (Rochester, NY). The total amount of money she had raised and was prepared to used for this campaign, $444,000. That was less than half the money Powers controlled and roughly one-seventh Davis commanded.

What happened that caused her to win. In the end the voter found out that she was the only candidate in control of herself and her campaign. Davis and Powers took a battle axe to each other. As the campaign wore on they became more and more childish and more and more self-destructive,. Near the end it became obvious that neither of them offered much and neither belonged in Washington. There's was a battle of imagine and "form over substance" The voters of the district would have none of it and decided enough is enough. They chose Alice. She was the statesman amongst the group. She had control of the situation.

What really makes this refreshing is that both Mr. Powers and Mr. Davis have only recently become Democrats after being lifelong Republicans. Mr. Davis switched 4 years ago as a result of his disagreement over federal trade policy. Mr. Powers changed 3 years ago over Iraq. Not that he was against the war in Iraq. He was against the way the war in Iraq was being handled.

In the end a Democrat won a Democratic Party primary.

If you are interested in helping Ms. Kryzan campaign against a Republican by the name of Christopher Lee click on KryzanforCongress.com. By the way. Mr. Lee has a personal fortune of over $100 million dollars and will try to spend his way to victory.


Posted by Mike Wrona at September 11, 2008 8:45 AM
Comments
Comment #262626

OK - I keep changing Victury to Victory and it is just not happening.

Posted by: Mike Wrona at September 11, 2008 9:16 AM
Comment #262630

I looked this woman up….we need more of her in government!

Posted by: Jon at September 11, 2008 9:51 AM
Comment #262633
What happened was testimony to the fact that a person with intelligence, a legitimate plan, and a desire to stick with the issues can win an election even though they had been considered a minor irritant in the big congressional picture.

No. Maybe once in a while someone like that can win a democratic party primary. Not a general election. Huge difference.

Posted by: Schwamp at September 11, 2008 9:56 AM
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Mike

It is nice to see stories like this one. It just goes to show that people can be responsible in spite of all the deceptions that are thrown around at campaign time.

Sshwamp

Back in the springtime we here in Illinois replaced retired Dennis Hastert’s spot with a democrat. The once Speaker of the House Hastert. The person running against our candidate was a multi millionare business person. That was a special election, but never the less the equivalent of a general election. So yes it can happen in a general election.

Posted by: RickIL at September 11, 2008 10:21 AM
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If she wins in the fall, she will go to Washington where she will quickly become another cog in the corrupt Democratic machine. Her other option, become another Kucinich, ignored, for the most part, by the machine.

Posted by: jlw at September 11, 2008 11:21 AM
Comment #262640

Well there are actually a small number of Democratic Congressmen and women who are seriously trying to make a real difference. Alice Kryzan will remember where she come from.

Posted by: Mike Wrona at September 11, 2008 11:53 AM
Comment #262653

A liberal lawyer running for office. Not that original.

Posted by: Liam at September 11, 2008 1:12 PM
Comment #262657

Great story Mike!
Maybe there is hope for
America. We need more people like her.

Posted by: Mike the Cynic at September 11, 2008 1:32 PM
Comment #262668

What’s so special here?

A left wing lawyer wins the Democratic nomination in a conservative district because the moderate democrats destroyed each other. And we should care because?

Methinks you got Palin envy and wanna say that this lady is Palin-like in her appeal when she’s actually just another lawyer and left-wing tool running for office. Nothing unique here at all.

Posted by: Liam at September 11, 2008 2:12 PM
Comment #262711

On NY politics, apparently, RFK jr had a deal with Spitzer, to appoint him to HRC’s senate seat if she was elected to higher office. Since none of that is going to happen, I am wondering if there is any talk of RFK jr running for governor of NY in 2010:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1O4uw3vQ4Y

RickIL, on Oberweis vs Foster, it ain’t over yet, but I hope the milkman loses.

Posted by: ohrealy at September 11, 2008 6:03 PM
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“What happened was testimony to the fact that a person with intelligence, a legitimate plan, and a desire to stick with the issues can win an election even though they had been considered a minor irritant in the big congressional picture.”

If you replaced the word “minor irritant” with “threat” and replaced “in the big congressional picture” with “to the Democratic control of the word feminism”, you would have:

“What happened was testimony to the fact that a person with intelligence, a legitimate plan, and a desire to stick with the issues can win an election even though they had been considered a threat to the Democratic control of the word feminism.”

And you would be talking about Sarah Palin.

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