PLATTSBURGH—Mayor Don Kasprzak was one of the first Republican officials to openly endorse Doug Hoffman over Dede Scozzafava (before her candidacy collapsed) in his bid for Congress, and is warning there might be “challenges” for other Republicans who were late to, or have not yet arrived at, the party.
“Oh, I’m pretty sure there’s going to be some challenges for those people to deal with after this election, and I’ve got some ideas, but I don’t think I’ll talk about them until after,” Kasprzak told me at the Homestead Restaurant in the rural section of the town, where he introduced Hoffman to about a dozen people lunching.
Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, who had originally backed Scozzafava’s candidacy, came out yesterday in support of Hoffman. Others, like Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, say they’re still undecided. I asked Kasprzak if he would be backing challengers to anyone for either elected positions or party positions.
“No, not at all,” he said. “I’ve always had my own agenda which is basically taking care of a majority of the people that I represent, so I have no problem with that. But I think the people in this district and especially in this region recognized some of the things that should change, and they will.”