Anti-Incumbent Sentiment Sweeps New York State

September 15, 2010 Updated Sep 15, 2010 at 6:31 PM EDT

By Laura Gray

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September 15, 2010 Updated Sep 15, 2010 at 6:31 PM EDT

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After 30 years as a State Senator, William Stachowski is out. Erie County Legislator Tim Kennedy is in as the Democratic contender for the 58th district state Senate seat. Kennedy ran on the anti-incumbent sentiment sweeping New York state. In his concession speech, Stachowski told us, "I believe it was the anti-incumbent spirit. If you don't think it's here living in Erie County, just look at what Paladino is doing."
"There's sense of corruption, and a sense not paying attention." Canisius College professor Michael Haselswerdt says a tough economy means it's a bad time to be an Albany veteran. "Somebody that's an outsider is going to appeal (to voters). They're really not happy with anybody. I don't know if they think anything can happen. It's a lot of frustration."
Haselswerdt believes incumbents will still dominate in the general election, but could lose more than usual. So what does this mean for Republican Assemblyman Jack Quinn III of Hamburg? The son of former U.S. Representative Jack Quinn is set to battle Kennedy in a mostly Democratic district in November. Haselswerdt tells us, "It's going to be tough race because there's no reason not to like Kenned at this point. So maybe Quinn will give us a reason, but it's going to be a tough race."
Haselswerdt says the lesson learned from the primary last night is that no opponent can be underestimated, and every candidate will have to prove that he or she can bring change.