By Robert J. McCarthy
The campaign for the 60th State Senate District is already under way -- almost seven months before Election Day -- with ads on television sponsored by Republican incumbent Mark J. Grisanti.
Entitled "Would You?", the spot that began airing Tuesday features local citizens reacting to the question: "Would you support using taxpayer money to pay college tuition for illegal immigrants?" -- the essence of a failed proposal advanced earlier this year by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Grisanti calls the reactions of those citizens "negative."
"I'm proud to have taken the lead on stopping this ill-considered proposal. I also strongly opposed the governor's plan to pay college tuition for prison inmates," Grisanti said Tuesday. "Finally, I also honored my pledge to oppose taxpayer funding of political campaigns by voting against that portion of the state budget.
"This ad is the first of many that will continue to highlight my fiscally conservative voting record in the Senate," he added.
Grisanti is expected to face a tough Republican primary this year, with attorney Kevin T. Stocker already campaigning and County Legislator Kevin R. Hardwick contemplating a challenge. Hamburg Trustee Laura Palisano Hackathorn is expected to receive the Democratic endorsement, while some Democrats have not ruled out the possibility of another Democrat entering the race.