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Dems still not ready to back Dunn for sheriff

By Robert J. McCarthy

   Erie County Democrats are biding their time before moving toward their expected endorsement of Bert Dunn as the candidate for sheriff this year.

   Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner said it will be at least May 4 before the party will again consider Dunn, who is seeking the party nod along with retired Sheriff's Lt. Richard Dobson and Transit Police Lt. Michael E. Garrity. Some Democrats have privately expressed doubts over the apparent front runner for the party endorsement after he inadvertently texted to unintended recipients his dislike for President Obama and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, as well as his admiration for President Ronald Reagan.

   Dunn also has had to explain to members of the Executive Committee his many party switches, since Board of Elections records indicate he is a Republican-turned-Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Democrat.

   "Bert has got to talk to grassroots people and say to them why he is the best candidate," Zellner said Monday.

   The chairman said though he had planned an earlier endorsement meeting, he is now delaying until possibly May 4, when he plans to ceremonially open the party's new headquarters on Seneca Street.

   "We want all our ducks in a row," he said.

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