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Davis Campaign Manager Warms to Tea Party

“But I have no problem standing by that [editorial],” he continued. “The beauty of Jack’s message is that he attracts people from union Democrats to Pat Buchanan John Birchers.”

Davis sought the Republican nomination in the special election to replace Rep. Chris Lee (R) in the western New York district but was not selected by county GOP chairmen, who favored Corwin. But New York’s quirky election laws allow third-party candidates to create ballot lines of their choosing if they collect enough signatures in a brief time period.

That’s what Davis did to secure the Tea Party line. Iraq War veteran David Bellavia, who is the favorite of the region’s largest tea party group, may also be on the ballot under the “Federalist” line. However, his signatures have yet to be certified by the state.

Democrats have long-shot hopes that the Republican infighting will provide a path to victory for their nominee, Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul, in the 26th district, which is among the state’s most conservative.

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