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Funny moments from the Democrats' meeting...

Notes from Erie County’s political trail – this time, from the meeting inside the Hearthstone Manor on Saturday, at which Jeremy Zellner was elected the Dems' new county chairman (the vote is now being challenged in court by Frank Max, his opponent) – include some funny moments, too.

The top three humorous moments from Saturday’s 4-hour-long conclave of local Dems?

It’s wholly unofficial, of course. But here are the picks of one observer:

1.) At the beginning of the lengthy session, at which more than 1,000 Democratic committee men and women packed into a ballroom at the Depew banquet facility, paper ballots were distributed.

To use the ballots as anonymous votes, the papers had to be separated into two parts.

“There are SCISSORS up here,” one party official told the multitude. “They are NOT meant to be used as weapons.”

Um, good to know…

2.) One history-minded Democratic insider – who may or may not have been a former legislator – whispered to a reporter early on in the day’s wangling:

“This is just like the party jockeying after Stalin died…”

3.) Cheektowaga’s Max, who ran against Zellner for the party chairmanship, made a speech at the opening of the day’s events that managed to work catharsis and Catholicism into the same few sentences. Max’s take:

“As soon as this election happens, I’m hoping everybody unites,” Max said. “Sometimes it might help if you forgive a lot of people. It’s called ‘absolution’ in the Catholic Church. A lot of Democrats are good at fighting – but not forgiving.”

So Max may have been off a little where the theology was concerned…he might have had a point with the sentiment of the statement.

 Then again, he is challenging the results of the election….

 --- Charity Vogel



Elections | Erie County | Jeremy Zellner
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