4 hours ago
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
The Mayor and higher office
To everyone's surprise (not) Kingston Mayor Jim Haggerty has entered the race to succeed retiring state Sen. Charles Lemmond. It's funny that there were no stories about his official announcement in the local rags today, yesterday both papers had pre-announcement stories. The CV story wasn't on the website but was in the print version and the TL write up was available in both. The Times-Leader had this write-up:
Kingston Mayor Jim Haggerty will throw his hat in the ring in the competitive Republican race for retiring state Sen. Charles Lemmond's seat. Haggerty plans to announce his candidacy tomorrow at his Kingston law office.
"Obviously, we'll get into greater detail on Wednesday," Haggerty said Monday night.
"What I can say now is since Sen. Lemmond's announcement, there has been a tremendous outpouring of support for me to run for this office because of the tremendous record of success in Kingston under my leadership," he said. "After looking at the district and the race, we"re convinced it"s a campaign we can and will win."
Don't you just love politicians who talk about themselves in the third person? We are not amused.
The Citizens Voice (not on web) points out he spent big bucks for TV ads in his re-election bid for Mayor of Kingston against token opposition. And he admits it helped gain name recognition in the six counties that make up the 20th senatorial district.
Four other Republicans have announced their intentions to run for the seat: Russell Bigus, Dallas Township, Lisa Baker of Lehman Township; Ronald Chvotzkin, Jackson Township home; and Dallas resident David Madeira.