Mr. Richards should continue to campaign because he has a good chance of winning.
How Alex White changes his strategies is irrelevent. He has no chance of winning.
Replacing Joe Morelle? There are plenty of Democrats in Rochester who would be willing to do it.
Will David Gantt clean out City Hall and replace them with his people? Yes.
Will Chief Sheppard go? Yes.
Will Mr. Gantt's chief acolytes get jobs at City Hall. Yes. Many of them are already on the city payroll.
The business community? They will continue to do as they have always done. Nothing will change there.
How much influence in Rochester's government will Mr. Gantt have? Mr. Gantt will be the most powerful man in Rochester, and control it just like he has controlled his candidate's campaign with an iron fist from start until the finish.
Yes, Mr. Richards should stay in the race.
He has the Independence and Working Family Party lines. Mr. Richards will probably get the support of the Republicans as well in the November election. Adding that to his already sizable Democratic base of support, Mr. Richards could probably win.
The Democratic primary didn't reflect all of Rochester. Mr. Gantt knows this, which is why his people are demanding that Mr. Richards withdraw.
But that's what can happen in a one-party town.
And a lot will depend on who the Republicans will choose to openly endorse, if they do it in the next couple of days.
If Mr. Richards stays in the race, the Republicans will decide who the next mayor will be.
Only in a strange situation like this are the Rochester Republicans good for anything. As much as Mr. Gantt and his people hate the Republicans, it wouldn't surprise me if they were making overtures to the Republican Party to enlist their support.
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