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Zellner to back Dobson after 'fluke' victory

   By Robert J. McCarthy

   Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner is disappointed but not exactly crestfallen over Friday's declaration of Richard E. Dobson as the winner of the Sept. 10 party primary for sheriff.

   Zellner, after all, was a strong backer of unsuccessful candidate Bert D. Dunn.

    But the party chairman said the victory by a margin of less than 1,000 votes was a "fluke" that stemmed from a text message that was revealed to show Dunn as unsupportive of top Democrats like President Obama and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

   Nevertheless Zellner said he will support Dobson in the November general election against Republican incumbent Timothy B. Howard. He said he also called Barbara Miller-Williams, who has defeated endorsed incumbent Timothy R. Hogues, to offer his support in that race.

 

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