I mentioned this briefly this morning and guessed that the big endorsement would either be Senator Chuck Schumer, Congressman Brian Higgins, or former Congressman John LaFalce.
Nice to see my instincts work.
Below is the release:
September 4, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Amherst, NY – John LaFalce, a 14-term Congressman and long-time public servant, today endorsed rising star Alice Kryzan for Congress. A respected statesman, Vietnam era veteran, and popular leader, LaFalce said;
“I couldn’t stay silent any longer with such an exceptional candidate in the field who is clearly head and shoulders above her opponents. I felt compelled to make public my support of her, especially since I am now convinced she can and should win.”
LaFalce has represented many parts of what now constitutes the 26th Congressional District. Throughout his political career as a State Senator, State Assemblyman, and 28-year member of the US House of Representatives, LaFalce got to know the District and its residents well. It is this familiarity with the region and the issues facing it that convinced him to support Alice Kryzan for Congress.
Having served in Congress as Chairman of the Small Business Committee and the Ranking Democrat on the House Financial Services committee, LaFalce’s endorsement lends considerable weight to Kryzan’s platform of experience, environmental responsibility, and economic resurgence.
In making his endorsement, LaFalce added;
“I know all three of the candidates, especially Alice. There is no doubt in my mind that Alice Kryzan is exactly what the doctor ordered for Western New York. She has run a positive and responsible campaign we can all be proud of, and she has the intellect, experience, judgment and passion to get things done in Washington. America and Western New York face serious problems, and we need serious people to solve them. I am convinced that Alice, a lifelong Democrat, will be an exceptional Congresswoman. It is my pleasure, and duty, to give her my endorsement.