By Robert J. McCarthy
If there is optimism anywhere this night – Election Night – it resides at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Buffalo.
That's where the Erie County Republican Party has set up headquaarters, and anything less than a big victory will prove disappointing.
Nobody is speakiing for the record. And all Erie County Republican Chairman Nicholas A. Langworthy will say is that he is "cautiously optimistic." But there is no question the local GOP hopes to retain its two local offices and maybe even capture the County Legislature too. If they are to be successful there, the Republicans must win with Ted B. Morton against Wynnie L. Fisher in District 8 in the Alden/Lancaster area, and with Robert N. Anderson against Democratic incumbent Thomas A. Loughran in Amherst-based District 5.
And it's no coincidence that state GOP Chairman Edward F. Cox will view statewide returns tonight from the Embassy Suites, in a clear sign he hopes Buffalo will come through for his party.