Jan 2, 2014|
Kevin Hardwick; Pt III
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-- college political science professor Kevin Hardwick a series of Republican member of the Erie county legislature. -- talking about the year to come in the world of local state politics. In the last thing we can you touched on the sexual harassment charges. Against a pew Democrat assembling Dennis cameras act. But there's a little more to discuss their while watching here this -- attorney Terry Connors says that there is at least one reason. Why did if you Democrat hasn't come forward and hasn't spoken out about this. In this situation given the fact that eight we haven't seen all the allegations yet there may be others that. They are telling us are coming forward how do you how do you know I guess -- denied that. And frankly some of these allegations taken out of context may have some truth but they may not constitute sexual harassment they may not constitute. Hostile work environment -- under the circumstances. It doesn't help -- -- to a specific yes I said that no I didn't do that yes I did do that. What do you think should he engage in the the media firestorm attendant at orchard he just be quiet hands up and the background. Well I think I think from a legal standpoint that's probably good advice mean -- Connors is an excellent attorney. From political standpoint it's. Obviously not the -- -- ago. You know in -- and the I think. Tell you one of the things that upsets me many things upset me about this one of the things upsets me the most. Is the fact that there are a lot of good people that we send Albany that we -- in the Washington. You know I went at some swearing in ceremonies yes Iran into members of the assembly one Democrat one Republican. Ran into John Serrano from Lewiston at. The Grand Island swearing in ceremony ran in the mine -- assemblyman Robin -- injure Democrat from my. Tunnel Wanda -- the city I don't want the swearing in ceremony you know two more decent man you couldn't ask for. Com but yet these guys are having to deal with the you know the one of their colleagues has caught up in this. And they feel I am sure they feel like they have the answer for it and they're under scrutiny I mean it's it's just. Terrible because. You know it just gives the politicians don't need another. You know strike against them in and in this gives this -- -- ever checked all his constituents and exploit I. IE I I certainly if I were one of his constituents I would expect an explanation certainly you know you would expect -- something. You mentioned the broad brushed the idea that a lot of people will look at members of the assembly different now. Talk about the year to come in terms of elections every state legislators up. There every state legislator in the governor all the entire assembly that -- tires and it plus governor all members of the House of Representatives. Locally we have the accounting clerk is a countywide office open and their five. Currently five Supreme Court seats open State Supreme -- we're going to be tripping over the candidates. Dave you're -- be busy -- hard like -- Leo it's -- -- -- Supreme Court in. Let's bring them -- because they had their so talkative and they have so much does that happen. Well again as you know the exact much there are holes when when you're judging you can't get involved -- but certainly the assembly in the senate candidates can -- and you know I mean you've got. A race I'll be watching is my own state senator mark resigning should have a tough reelection campaign obviously. He has some votes that were controversial going back to the gay marriage vote. He voted for the safe act and upset a lot of people. It's -- that you know that's going to be very interesting. Yeah race lot of stuff watched Kevin thanks -- off. Kevin Hardwick professor of political science at -- -- college and a member of the Republican side of the Erie county legislature.