Aging television newscaster Rachel Barnhart was defeated in her attempt to unseat incumbent Harry Bronson for the 138th State Assembly seat tonight.
Nobody knows what prompted Barnhart to run for political office.
Perhaps Barnhart was hoping to use her local fame on television as did Rich Funke to defeat Ted O'Brien for his state senate seat two years ago.
It didn't work.
Barnhart isn't nearly as pretty as Rich Funke is.
She also miscalculated where the gay community is concerned.
Assembly District 138 includes Rochester's gay ghetto. Bronson, as an openly gay man, had that sewed up. Any hetero candidate who wants that district had better suck up to the gay community big time, literally and figuratively.
Elaine Spaull has been extremely successful in that respect.
If Barnhart counted on her being a woman to get the Lesbian vote, she was sadly mistaken. One of Bronson's main supporters was locally prominent diesel dyke Bess Watts.
In fact, Watts was Bronson's only supporter that Rochester's weekly liberal newsrag, City, bothered to interview when they threw their endorsement into his lap.
To do Barnhart some justice, she did manage to scare the shit out of Bronson. He wasn't expecting to be challenged for his own party's endorsement and was put into attack mode earlier than he would have liked.
Now that his adrenalin is flowing, he can easily go on to defeat his Republican challenger in the general election, two time loser Peterson Vazquez.
Vazquez won his primary tonight by a handful of votes. He can now go on to becoming a three time loser, since Bronson beat the shit out of him twice before.
Some people never learn.