The race for the 54th Senate District has become a real battle for those looking to represent a crucial district in the Finger Lakes.
New York State Senate candidate Floyd Rayburn this week has been fending off attacks on his credibility in the business space, after opponents used a labor violation from over a decade ago to discredit him. While he contends that no errors were made and the issue is nothing more than a technicality, it once again captures the tone of this race.
Just a few weeks ago a number of candidates were bumped off of the ticket, citing other technicalities within the petition process. A number of signatures were deemed invalid after issues were raised with them. Geneva City Supervisor Charlie Evangelista, U.S. Veteran Joe Geiger, and businessman Bobby Massarini were all knocked off the ballot – and even were hit with lawsuits in case those efforts did not pan out with the New York State Board of Elections.
Since then, some candidates have called for election reform in New York. Others have suggested Canandaigua Supervisor Pam Helming has made actions like this a pattern. A pattern of downstate influence has been suggested by many watchers of this election, citing the need for major changes in how politics happens in New York State.
Numerous attacks have been lobbed on all sides of the race for the 54th, but over the weekend a website was found highlighting the labor issues that have been raised thus far in the race.
An incredible amount of money has been moving around the race for the 54th District, which was one major reason why Geiger said that he would no longer contend in the race when he pulled out. While Geiger believed that he had a case against those who challenged the signatures on his petition – the decision to not fight the allegations came down to financials, as it would have cost thousands in legal fees.
The same type of scenario took place within the Massarini camp, who said on Inside the FLX earlier this month that fighting what he called the “establishment” would have cost thousands that his campaign did not have.
Rayburn on the other hand has lent $185,000 to his campaign, which has been nearly entirely self-funded.
Check out FingerLakes1.com’s complete coverage of the New York State Senate race in the 54th District:
– Manktelow campaign has $48K in bank, spent $12K thus far
– 54th District: Cast set for Sept. 13 Republican primary
– Joe Geiger talks about why his campaign for the 54th Senate District ended abruptly
– Two Democrats kicked off ballot in Cayuga County-area state legislative races
– VIDEO: Interview with Canandaigua Supervisor Pam Helming on Inside the FLX
– VIDEO: Interview with Ontario County Supervisor Charlie Evangelista on Inside the FLX
– VIDEO: Interview with Lyons Supervisor Brian Manktelow on Inside the FLX
– VIDEO: Interview with businessman Bobby Massarini on Inside the FLX
– NY Senate candidate Floyd Rayburn defends against claims he didn’t pay workers