The dirty Seawright campaign for reelection finds a new low, turning to tactics she condemned when attacking opponents in May.
By David Stone
“We must assure freedom of choice for the voters of the Upper East Side, Yorkville, and Roosevelt Island.”
Incumbent 76th state assembly member Rebecca Seawright said that while accusing her Republican opponent of Soviet Union-style tactics.
Lou Puliafito‘s great sin…?
Raising objections to her filings for reelection.
Notwithstanding that her political next door neighbor Dan Quart did exactly the same thing, vying to run unopposed…
And the Seawright campaign now goes the same route, trying to push progressive Patrick Bobilin off the ballot. The fishing expedition seeks technical errors in his petitions, not winning policy arguments.
Oh, and just for the record, the Republican was right. Her election petitions had multiple major errors, and the Board of Elections tossed her.
Rebecca Seawright’s Dirty Campaign in Perspective
When Seawright ran against a field of male opponents to replace Micah Kellner in 2014, she had a smart, easy going appeal . It was much like Hillary Clinton before oppo attacks targeted redefining her.
I covered that first race and voted for her. A less polarizing representative who knew how to work with others was just what we needed.
But that patina is gone.
Over three terms, she evolved from a progressive eager to make a difference, especially for women, into a Cuomo camp follower.
Her record of accomplishment is undistinguished, and that helps explain a campaign rooted in tactics, not policies.
“She’s filed a general objection with the Board of Elections,” Bobilin confirmed.
“It signals to me that our campaign has momentum with a 100% volunteer effort of about 50 petitioners collecting nearly 4,000 signatures in just 3 weeks,” he added.
Seawright, aided by a formidable party machine and a campaign in motion for months, gathered only 5,100.
Bobilin also sees her attack as “hypocritical,” given her prior statements condemning the same tactics, but a major party operative said worse:
“I wouldn’t put anything past her,” he said.
If her latest dirty campaign attack fails, Seawright faces challenges from both Puliafito and Bobilin in November, but if it succeeds, she’ll have successfully sat on both sides of the fence.
At the expense of constituents’ trust.