Corwin In Good Position For Conservative Party Nod
The New York Conservative Party could pick their nominee for the 26th District special as early as this week, and after sitting down with Iraq War veteran David Bellavia on Wednesday the party's chairman still sounds sold on Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, who got the GOP nod last week.
"We had a good meeting. He's a pleasant individual. [Bellavia] laid out his case and I discussed with him some of what I see as his problems," Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long told Hotline On Call. "I made it very clear that I felt that [Corwin] had a leg up on him because she's had our endorsement before."
Corwin has been endorsed by the party in her previous state races, and according to their legislative rankings she is the second most conservative lawmaker in Albany. Long also pointed to the fact that the Monroe County Conservative Party voted last week to endorse Corwin as another positive for her campaign.
Long said the party's executive committee, who will make the decision, could meet later this week or early next week to vote on their nominee, in part so that no one is "looking over their shoulders" and "so that we can clarify where we stand."
After being passed over for the Republican Party nomination, Bellavia has said he would try to run on the Conservative Party line, but also hasn't ruled out petitioning onto the ballot to run in the yet-to-be-called special election to succeed former Rep. Chris Lee (R-N.Y.), who quickly resigned last month after a report that the married congressman had replied to a personal ad on Craigslist with a shirtless muscle photo of himself.
In an interview with Hotline On Call, Bellavia still struck a positive tone after his meeting with Long, saying he felt the Conservative Party's process has been more open and fair than the Republicans', which Bellavia and his supporters have said happened too quickly.
"I was impressed that he took the meeting, that he honored his word," said Bellavia. "I had a really good talk with him for over an hour. Thus far, it's been a pretty fresh breath of air."