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Buffalo greets Romney with a record-setting $1.25 million -- and, by coincidence, with a tough News story

Presidential hopeful and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney came to Buffalo this past week to raise money for his campaign. His events, a speech and a dinner, were essentially private and about fundraising, not winning votes here.  New York, in all its blueness, will not go his way -- but that doesn't mean there isn't support to be harvested locally.  In fact, as News Political Reporter Robert McCarthy wrote for Saturday's paper, the effort resulted in a fundraising record for Western New York, bringing in $1.25 million in just a couple of hours.  

It was coincidence, but an interesting one, that earlier in the week News Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski's story described how Bain Capital's purchase of longtime Buffalo-area company Niagara Envelope adversely affected the lives of the workers there in 1999.   Romney's role heading Bain, a private equity firm, has been much discussed in the campaign, and its political fallout is  the subject of a New York Times story today.

Did The News plot the timing of the Bain story to nearly coincide with Romney's visit, as some commenters have suggested?  Not at all.  The story ran when the reporting on it was complete, and for that reason alone.

Luckily, though, getting the Bain story out of his notebook and into the paper allowed Zremski to focus on the Supreme Court's health care decision which occupied him for the remainder of the week, at first with coverage and then analysis.  That includes his piece on today's front page about how the ruling will play out in the hot local Congressional race between incumbent Democrat Kathleen Hochul and former Erie County Executive Chris Collins, a Republican.  Given her vulnerability in a largely Republican district, the race is one that's garnering national attention.

The political season is in full swing, with the party conventions just around the corner.  And in this season, we'll do what we always do: Publish stories when they are ready -- neither planning the timing to hurt a candidate nor holding them back to protect one.

If that timing sometimes seems awkward, keep in mind that there's always -- to use the phrase from  "Macbeth" -- tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow.

The tables are likely to turn, and then turn again.

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