Western New York Tea Party groups are endorsing Johnny Destino for New York State Senate District 62, against 18-year incumbent George Maziarz. Members of TEA New York, the Niagara Patriots, the Erie County Patriots and Primary Challenge met Wednesday afternoon at the Wheatfield Community Senior Center in North Tonawanda to announce their endorsement.
Rus Thompson, spokesman for TEA New York, the largest, most active TEA Party in Western New York, said, "Senator Maziarz has failed to do anything to cut the size of government, reduce taxes, reduce utility rates or eliminate the commuter taxes his constituents have to pay daily traveling across the Grand Island Bridges. ... Senator Maziarz has failed and the TEA Party rejects him and his false agenda."
Destino will run a republican primary against Maziarz on Thursday, Sept. 13.