Rob Ortt Johnny Destino Gia Arnold
For those who are confused about the State Senate race that looms large now that Sen. George Maziarz is retiring, let me try to explain:
'George Maziarz was in it before anyone else was in it…in it for 19 years.
Then Gia Arnold was "in it to win it" from early this year. That was until earlier this month when she admitted she had an affair and then she was suddenly out of it. And out of her marriage.
Johnny Destino had been primed to run for senate and get into it but backed off in light of the Maziarz juggernaut and then got out of it. But when Maziarz suddenly dropped out of the race Destino - who used to be a Republican before he was a Democrat and used to be a friend of Maziarz before he was an enemy of Maziarz – decided to get back into it.
Suddenly Destino was bound and determined to get in and win…just like Gia Arnold was before she got out after getting in.
While all of this was taking place North Tonawanda Mayor Rob Ortt used the Maziarz departure to make his own entry into the race. His entry generated an outpouring of support as he received the Republican Party blessing of the Niagara, Orleans and Monroe county chairmen.
But now - surprise! - Gia Arnold is back in it to win it due to "the tremendous outpouring of support" for the confessed adulteress as news of her sexual affair re-routed her political affairs.
So we now have Arnold who was in it to win it and then out of it, but is now back in it challenging Ortt who wasn't in it until Maziarz was out of it on the Republican side with Democrat Johnny Destino who was supposed to be in it from the start but wasn't really in it until Maziarz hit a rock in the road and then got out of it.
So, if Ortt should capture this senate seat he will have to vacate his mayor's seat…a seat that he was in before he was in the race for senate.
If Gia Arnold loses the Republican primary she will be out of the race as she goes back home but not back home to her husband because she got out of the marriage while she was getting into the senate race.
If Destino wins he will go to Albany as a Democrat who was a former Republican after having defeated either Gia Arnold or Rob Ortt who were always Republicans but not always in the race for the seat of George Maziarz…a seat Maziarz held for 19 years before leaving it up for grabs to Arnold, Destino and Ortt.
Now, do you understand the race for the 62nd Senate District?