With the announcement by Niagara Falls Democratic Party Chairman David Houghton that the committee has decided against endorsing incumbent Robert Anderson for re-election this year, city Republican Party Chairman Robert Krause is offering Anderson the support of the city's Republican committee. The Democratic committee decided to throw its support behind city council candidates Alicia Liable and Don Zambotti.
"For as long as I've known Bob Anderson, I've always believed that he has the best interests of the city at heart," said Krause. "For the betterment of our city, we need to put party politics aside and put the most dedicated and most qualified individuals in office. In my eyes, Bob Anderson has earned the right to continue to work for Niagara Falls."
Krause also questioned the wisdom of pushing the only African-American member of the city council to the curb.
"Frankly, the decision by the city Democratic Party to cast aside Bob Anderson is an insult to the minority communities of Niagara Falls," said Krause. "Bob's departure would leave a huge void in minority representation in Niagara Falls. It's unconscionable that the Democrats would not take that into consideration when making their decision."
Krause believes there may be some payback from the Niagara Falls Democrats underlying their decision not to support Anderson for re-election.
"Bob has never been an overly 'political' elected official," said Krause. "During his years in office, he's always acted in what he believes to be the best interests of the city, regardless of political backlash."
"The bottom line is that Bob Anderson is the right choice for Niagara Falls," said Krause. "The veteran leadership, insight and experience he brings to the council cannot be overstated. I am proud to offer him the opportunity to run with the support of the Republican Party."