How badly will Rudnick’s endorsement hurt Mayor Brown’s reelection effort?
Is Byron Brown really the best candidate for the black community, or a puppet of rich guys at the Buffalo Club?
Today, Andrew Rudnick, the chief lobbyist for the business community for over 28 years, publically endorsed Mayor Byron Brown. Political operatives from both parties are aghast at the political maneuvering, credited to be the work of Mayor Brown’s chief political deputy, Steve Casey.
At a time when the Mayor has considerable weaknesses inside the African American community – after how unfairly he treated former Human Resources Commissioner Karla Thomas – many wonder why Casey is putting the Mayor next to a rich guy who has been a key player in Buffalo’s economic demise.
Look how far we’ve fallen in the last 28 years of Rudnick’s tenure. I don’t understand why Byron would want to be associated with helping rich businessmen get their hands on taxpayer money. The current generation of Buffalo’s leadership has squandered my generation’s future in this city, with corruption and patronage typified by Andrew Rudnick’s Buffalo Niagara Partnership….”
Rudnick just exposed himself to some very serious reputational risks in the context of Mayoral campaign in a poor, segregated, and starkly unequal city – in the last year of his career no less. If I were on his staff, I would advise him to shut his mouth and encourage him to focus on his post retirement plans.”
Many activists speculate that Rudnick’s endorsement will be used in campaign commercials and political literature that address issues of social inequality that criticize the Brown administration on education, crime, jobs, and housing.
We need someone running for Mayor of Buffalo who has the courage to talk about social inequality – and who has the fortitude to speak truth to power.