DiPietro campaigning on behalf of Collins?

DiPietro: "What everyone's worried about is downdraft"

Mike Baggerman
October 05, 2018 - 3:00 am

David DiPietro speaking with supporters outside East Aurora Village Hall. October 3, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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EAST AURORA, N.Y. (WBEN) - In the heavily-red 147th Assembly District, incumbent David DiPietro is the favorite to retain his seat. However, the assemblyman this week held a get out the vote event as he squares off against Luke Wochensky.

The assemblyman told WBEN that he does have some concern about his race due to the indictment of Congressman Chris Collins. Collins is running for re-election despite the federal indictment of securities fraud and lying to the FBI. 

"When the head of your ticket literally is under indictment, you're going to see people fall away from all sides of the aisle," DiPietro said on Wednesday. "That's something all of us in (Collins' district), and there's a number of assembly people and senators that are feeling that type of heat. That's why we're taking it very seriously."

DiPietro said he doesn't want his campaign to be caught up in the Collins controversy but did say that a get out the vote campaign for himself would lead to people voting for Collins. 

The assemblyman said there's an increase in democrats, the "blue wave", who want to vote in NY-27. However, he noted there will be an increase in republicans voting for Marc Molinaro in the governor's race against Andrew Cuomo. DiPietro said those two examples "counteract", but still wants to campaign to ensure people come out to vote for him.

Political science professor Kevin Hardwick said that DiPietro runs the risk of giving Wochensky name recognition.

"I would think a lot of people think DiPietro (has no opponent)," Hardwick said. "Maybe that's why they're doing this because they do want people, good republican voters, to come out because they'll need it in the Collins race."

Hardwick said it's the first time that he's ever heard of a downballot candidate holding a get-out-the-vote campaign on behalf of a politician in higher office. 

DiPietro, meanwhile, said he's not concerned with giving Wochensky name recognition ahead of next month's election. 

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