Amedore’s Non-Concession Concession (Updated)
Republican George Amedore just released the following statement in the wake of this morning’s Ulster County ballot count, which pushed Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk over the finish line with a slim 19-vote victory in the 46th Senate District race:
“I want to thank the constituents that I’ve had the honor to serve, as well as those who supported me in this campaign.”
“I am proud of the honest and clean campaign that I and my team ran in this extended race. I was supported by the hard-working upstate families who are faced with tremendous challenges in these trying times.”
“The time for politics has ended and the time to govern is at hand. As a small businessman born and raised in upstate New York, I understand the everyday issues. I believe our representatives need to action behalf of those who call upstate their home. As I’ve done throughout my life, I will continue to advocate for the people’s needs and hope for a brighter future.”
This statement is a little nebulous.
The tone is certainly one of a man admitting defeat. But it makes no mention of Tkaczyk winning, and also doesn’t use the words “concede” ot “loss.” Nick Reisman, who was down in Kingston for this morning’s ballot counting, has reached out to Amedore’s spokesman Kris Thompson seeking clarification. So far, he has not received a response.
UPDATE: Thompson got back to Nick and says the Amedore camp won’t be taking any additional action to challenge today’s results. Also, Thompson says Amedore called Tkaczyk earlier today.
I guess you can’t blame Amedore for being put out about this turn of events. Not only was the 46th SD drawn especially with him in mind, setting up what was supposed to be a can’t-lose race, he’s now out of a job, because he gave up his Assembly seat to run in has ended up to be a losing campaign for the upper house.
The Senate Republicans released a statement that’s a bit more definitive:
“While we are disappointed that George Amedore has fallen a few votes short of being elected to the state Senate, the otucome of this race doesn’t change anything. Senate Republicans have already partnered with the Independent Democratic conference to form a majority coalition that will keep moving this state foward, and we’re off to a great start.”
IDC spokesman Eric Soufer, who told me earlier today that today’s development doesn’t doesn’t change the IDC’s coalition deal with the Republicans and won’t send its five members back into the arms of their erstwhile Democratic colleagues, released a statement from IDC leader Jeff Klein congratulating Tkaczyk, but saying little else of substance.
“Congratulations to Cecilia Tkaczyk on her victory today. Even though her road to victory may have been long, the privilege of representing New Yorkers is well worth the wait. All of us in the IDC are pleased to welcome Cecilia to the Senate and look forward to working with her to move New York forward.”
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