UPDATE: According to the Kryzan campaign, Alice Kryzan will not appear on the Working Families Party line in November. More on this later.
After Alice Kryzan won the Democratic primary here in New York's 26th congressional district, people kept asking when Jon Powers would come out and endorse her. To me, that question was a tough one to answer. I didn't believe Powers was entitled to come out and endorse her. This is a new age of politics. These are much longer campaigns we are running and this becomes personal for the candidates. It would take a long time for a candidate like Powers, who was considered a candidate for the seat in early 2007 and officially declared in June 2007, to come out and support Kryzan - if he wanted.
Then came the announcement 10 days ago that Powers endorsed Kryzan for Congress. Powers endorsed Kryzan in an e-mail to supporters and had high praise for Kryzan. In short, Powers said of Kryzan:
The choice between the two candidates campaigning for the 26th Congressional District is clear for Western New Yorkers, and that is why I am endorsing Alice Kryzan.
Alice will fight for the middle class and work to bring a new generation of jobs back to Western New York. She has signed on to the Responsible Plan to End the War in Iraq and will take care of our returning veterans.
This was a difficult primary fight for Powers. It took a toll on him personally. It was a huge mental and physical investment and to not come out on top really knocks you down. But Powers was very classy in his decision to endorse Kryzan. But it didn't stop there.
Today Powers hit the campaign trail with Kryzan, stopping at four locations in the 26th congressional district. In a press release from the Kryzan campaign, Powers again praised Kryzan for her efforts to bring change to Washington D.C. and fight for the middle class:
"Both Alice Kryzan and I care deeply about the future of Western New York. In Congress, I am confident that Alice will address the economic struggles facing working families, make health care more affordable, and fight to bring our troops home safely, securely and soon. We are facing serious challenges in Washington and I believe Alice Kryzan will fight hard for the people of Western New York."
Kryzan is a strong, intelligent candidate. She has faced a relentless negative campaign from her Republican opponent and the NRCC. But she has fought through all the mudslinging from the Republicans and, to date, has ran a very positive campaign on the issues.
Kryzan received another piece of good news today when she was endorsed by The Buffalo News, the largest newspaper in the 26th district. Kryzan recently stood with seniors on Social Security and health care. She also has a thorough plan for creating jobs and boosting the economy in the 26th district.
As a resident of the 26th district (and former supporter of Jon Powers), I am very excited about Alice Kryzan and what she offers this district. Tom Reynolds has done nothing for this district. He hasn't represented us in Washington D.C. and he has failed to break away from his party and do the right thing on issues like the economy, Iraq and health care. We know Alice Kryzan will fight to create jobs in the 26th district. We know she will fight for better health care and better access to health care for all citizens. And we know that she will fight for an end to the Iraq War as a signer of the Responsible Plan.
We have needed responsible progressive leadership and representation in this district for a long time. When we elect Alice Kryzan as our congresswoman, that is what we will get in return.