Embattled State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti, coping for almost a week with the aftermath of a barroom brawl late last Friday at the Seneca Niagara Casino, has received one encouraging bit of political news.
A source close to the senator said Thursday that Grisanti, a Buffalo Republican, will receive the Independence Party line in the November election. The source called the information "solid."
The development comes as Grisanti struggles to retain the Conservative line he earned during his successful campaign in 2010 in an overwhelmingly Democratic district. Conservatives now say it is unclear if he will gain the often-crucial line again in 2012 after he voted to legalize same-sex marriage in 2010.
Former County Legislature Chairman Charles M. Swanick of Kenmore, a one-time Republican who returned to the Democratic Party several years ago after leaving County Hall, is also reported to be exploring a candidacy against Grisanti on the Democratic line. Swanick has had a long association with the Conservative Party.
Still, the Independence line looms as a positive development for Grisanti after it was left vacant in 2010.
--Robert J. McCarthy