Ted O’Brien doesn’t wear fur coats, or have the nickname Broadway Joe or owned a New York City bar named Bachelors III.
But that’s not stopping the Rochester-area Democratic candidate for Senate from making a guarantee that he’ll win election on Nov. 6.
A Siena College poll today showed O’Brien down eight percentage points to Republican Sean Hanna in the race to succeed retiring Sen. James Alesi, R-Perinton.
“Now that we have begun highlighting the truth as this campaign begins in earnest, I guarantee Ted O’Brien will close this small gap and pass Sean Hanna by Election Day,” O’Brien’s campaign manager Loren Amor said in a statement.
“By the time they make their decision, voters will know Ted O’Brien is the only candidate in this race who voted against every property tax increase that came across his desk while anti-choice Sean Hanna voted for the largest property tax increase in Monroe County history.”
Hanna is a state assemblyman, and O’Brien is a county legislator.
The poll showed that Hanna, through the work of Senate Republicans on redistricting this year, is benefiting from the district’s move into the northern part of Ontario County—which is largely Republican territory.
Republicans are pumping big bucks into Hanna to retain the seat. With Democrats’ fundraising woes, they will try to boost O’Brien in the final weeks of the campaign.
Republicans said they are confident that Hanna and Bob Cohen will win the two open seats in the Senate. Siena showed Cohen down 3 percentage points to Democrat George Latimer in the Westchester County race.