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Lt Gov Candidate Edwards speaks of need to focus upstate

June 4, 2010

Edwards speaks of need to focus upstate

Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Greg Edwards milked cows in law school. (Jimmy Vielkind / Times Union) 

NEW YORK — It was a moment of agreement and acclamation for the weary delegates to the Republican convention, when they unanimously nominated Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards for lieutenant governor.

He promised to keep his commitment to “faith, family and fiscal conservatism.” He referenced the intense pressure that was put yesterday on delegates, joking that one was nearly water boarded, and spoke of his ability to bring upstate concerns to the ticket, and to Albany.

“We all know that our state, New York state, the Empire State, is in deep trouble,” Edwards said. “Comedians – boy, have they had a good time with us. Comedians have made fun of the gang running our government today on every late night talk show, every radio show there is.”

“Let me tell you something: all over upstate, we stopped laughing long ago. We stopped laughing, because long before the meltdown on Wall Street, we felt that mill stone being wrapped around our neck because of the actions of Albany,” he said. “If we don’t stop that, Albany will not be a punch line any more. Because we’ll be in the worst fiscal disaster we’ve ever seen.”

He said he sees family farms failing and businesses closing “every day.”

“You have to get off the Thruway to see that,” he said. “They’re generational commitments to New York state that we need to preserve.”


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