Given the pro-Democratic climate in this election year, and the opportunity for Auerbach to ride in on Heins coattails, what made it such a tight race for this Ulster Democrat?
Hein, by the way, had the endorsement of all of the local union organizations in the area and won by a 10,000 vote spread.
Auerbach thought he was a smart guy months ago as an IDA member, masquerading as a supporter of prevailing wages for the construction trades right up until the question was voted on. He chose to ignore the facts and figures of the prevailing wage issue at hand and voted - with a big smile - to delete it.
Soon after, Elliot announces that he will be running for Ulster County Comptroller.
During every election year, organized labor is sought out for endorsements, We carry many, many votes across our vast array of local organizations and thousands of voting members. AND WE HAVE LONG MEMORIES.
Jim Quigley got the union endorsements and Elliot Auerbach became the poster boy for people who B.S. and then smile while they vote against the working people.
The race is not over and who knows who the winner will be. The extra time, money, sweat and debt that we helped make neccessary for Auerbach was well worth it. If Auerbach supported working people he would have been what Hein is today. A winner. No doubt about that.
Either way, organized labor has made its point.