Some forum posters took issue with the headline, “GOP’s Castelli surprises in 89th District win,“ on the 89th Assembly election, noting that it shouldn’t have been a surprise that Robert Castelli, the Republican candidate, would best Democrat Peter Harckham, a county legislator.
In the traditional sense, looking at the history of the district, Castelli’s victory could be classified as a “surprise.” The 89th has been a Democratic stronghold for the past 17 years. The district covers the City of White Plains, the Village of Mount Kisco and the towns of Harrison, New Castle, North Castle, Lewisboro, Bedford and Pound Ridge. Plus, Harckham won the bucks war, entering the race with a $61,800 warchest, plus $5,500 from the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee. Castelli raised $21,000, and the state GOP kicked in, paying for a few of his mailings, according to the candidate.
But, in the current climate, Harckham’s edge in money and voter registration numbers can easily turn into deficits. Rob Astorino, and Scott Brown, have shown that. Plus, Harckham currently holds political office. Castelli, a former Lewisboro Town Board member, was likely more convincing when he, like Harckham, pitched himself as the “outsider.”
Here’s some forum posters’ perspectives on the election:
Just goes to show: It’s about the message – not the money!
I volunteered on Castelli’s campaign and learned firsthand that sitting on the couch shouting at the tv doesn’t help things change but getting behind the right candidate does. Please do what you can to support the candidates you believe in!
Any candidate these days would—and should—run against Albany’s dysfunction. (See the Editorial Spotlight interview with Harckham and Castelli here. And, yes, as forum posters pointed out, the Editorial Board endorsed Harckham, saying ”. . . in his tenure as Westchester County legislator (Harckham) has demonstrated that he has the ability to reach out across the aisle and work with those who hold opposing points of view.”)
Castelli will be back on the election trail this fall, if he runs for a full term (this election filled the vacancy left when Adam Bradley became mayor of White Plains.) We’ll interview him and his challenger(s) again, and it will be interesting to hear what new perspective he’ll gain on Albany.