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Assini calls off congressional run 

Republican Gates Supervisor Mark Assini will not run against Democratic House Representative Louise Slaughter for a third time. He was going to, but he abandoned those plans on Sunday.

Assini had organized an event for last night to announce his candidacy. But as he took the stage, he explained that the audience and media had gathered for "not quite the announcement that we'd anticipated."

click to enlarge Republican Gates Supervisor Mark Assini announces that he won't run against Democratic House Representative Louise Slaughter this year. - PHOTO BY JEREMY MOULE
  • PHOTO BY JEREMY MOULE
  • Republican Gates Supervisor Mark Assini announces that he won't run against Democratic House Representative Louise Slaughter this year.
He explained that Sunday, he'd received a hand-delivered letter from the Monroe County Conservative Party saying it was endorsing Dr. Jim Maxwell, a neurosurgeon who announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination less than two weeks ago. The letter said that the Conservative Party believed Maxwell provided the best chance to defeat Slaughter.

Monroe County Republican Committees in the 25th District had already thrown their support behind Assini, which he thanked them for. But he said the only way Republicans and conservatives can win the race is with a "unified ticket," and that splitting the ticket would hand the election to Slaughter.

"I cannot and will not be helping her reelection campaign," Assini said.

He didn't offer any direct endorsement of Maxwell. He did, however, offer a steady stream of criticism against Slaughter, from her support for the photonics institute — he's frequently criticized the effort for not immediately producing promised jobs — to what he says is her lack of engagement on the local opioid crisis and the flooding that hit lakefront property last this spring and summer.

Monroe County Democratic Committee chair Jamie Romeo sent out this statement after Assini's announcement:

"Whether it's fighting for them on the House Floor or speaking with them in the grocery store aisle, people in this district know they have no bigger champion than Louise Slaughter. To know and work with her is to realize that Louise is a relentless fighter for our community. She continues to stand with all of those working to create a fairer economy, rid the influence of big money in politics, and hold elected leaders accountable through groundbreaking ethics laws. Voters will have a clear choice in this election: another vote for the Trump agenda that puts the wealthy and big corporations first or Louise Slaughter who is a tough fighter who gets things done for her neighbors."

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