AVella supporters could help Paladino
Oct 03, 2018 | 16683 views | 0 0 comments | 2002 2002 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Supporters of State Senator Tony Avella could throw a monkey wrench in the upcoming general election.

Avella lost in the Democratic Primary to former councilman and comptroller John Liu, who will now face Republican Vickie Paladino in November.

But Avella's name will still be on the ballot in November, as he also has the Independence and Women's Equity party lines.

Generally speaking, voters don't usually gravitate to the bottom of the ballot to vote on party lines outside the two big ones. Likewise, when a candidate loses the primary but is still on the ballot, they don't usually campaign to try and win the general election, they just fade away.

But on Saturday, a group calling themselves Families for Tony held a rally in Bowne Park urging Avella to continue to campaign and try and hold on to his seat in November.

And the day after the election, there were numerous posts on the Facebook page of a Whitestone civic association urging Avella to keep fighting despite his loss.

Avella has been keeping a low profile since the primary, but if he feels that there is enough support for him to run and continues to campaign, he would undoubtedly pull Democratic votes from Liu.

That would open the door for Paladino and the GOP to get back a State Senate seat they held for decades before Avella defeated Frank Padavan. That would be a huge blow for Democrats, who have their eyes on taking back control of the State Senate in a little over a month.
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