posted on June 27, 2012 07:15
He put up a good fight, but this time David could not slay Goliath.
Batavia’s David Bellavia lost yesterday’s GOP Congressional Primary to former Erie County Executive Chris Collins.
Final vote: Collins 60-percent, Bellavia 40 percent.
"We won six of the eight counties. That's pretty special," Bellavia told suporters in Batavia.
He won Genesee County with 62 percent of the vote, but he could not overcome Collins' totals from Erie and Niagara Counties
"I congratulated Mr. Collins and I can tell you we are going to lock shields as a party. We are going to stick in the trenches shoulder to shoulder and we will defeat President Obama and Kathy Hochul in November."
For Collins, it was a political comeback after losing his re-election bid for Erie County Executive last fall.
For most of the primary campaign, Collins ignored Bellavia but recognized him last night:
"I want to congratulate David Bellavia for a hard fought campaign. His service to our country can never be forgotten and we thank him for his service on behalf our our nation."
Collins will carry the Republican and Conservative Party lines into the November election against democrat incumbent Kathy Hochul.
Republican Attorney Wendy Long will go on to face U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the fall. Long took in 52-percent of the vote leaving her opponents far behind during yesterday’s GOP senatorial primary.
From the police blotter:
44-year-old Bradley Crandall of Lake Street in LeRoy has been charged for Drunk Driving and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.
Deputies say Crandall hit another car in the LeRoy Tops Markets parking lot.
Then, after apparently realizing what he did, deputies say Crandall then moved his car to another parking spot.
Two customers say they saw him do it.
22-year-old John Cabrera and 26-year-old Rosemary Waters were arrested by Batavia Police in the parking lot of Tops Markets.
BPD says the two used a rock to smash the window of parked car and steal a purse.