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Alesi Dumped Re-Election Plans Days After Poll

Posted By Joseph Spector On January 21, 2013 @ 2:00 pm In Other | Comments Disabled

Former Sen. James Alesi spent nearly $10,000 on a poll last May just days before he announced he would not seek re-election, campaign-finance records show.

[1]Alesi, R-Perinton, Monroe County, had been adamant for more than a year [2] that he would seek re-election—despite the enormous criticism he faced in early 2011 for suing a pair of constituents after he trespassed on their property and broke his leg.

But then on May 9 last year, Alesi abruptly announced he would not seek re-election. [3]

Campaign-finance-disclosure reports show that Alesi spent $9,956 on a “voter survey” May 6-7 by The Tarrance Group, a national Republican polling company based in Virginia.

Alesi apparently didn’t like results. At the time, he said his decision to not seek re-election was in large part due to fear that if went ahead, he’d face a primary and that would risk the GOP losing the “seat in a new district.”

In the end, Alesi’s decision gave way for Assemblyman Sean Hanna, R-Mendon, to run for the seat. He lost to Democrat Ted O’Brien in the general election.

Alesi was one of four Republicans to vote in favor of same-sex marriage in 2011, but his undoing, most local officials said, had more to do with the lawsuit than the same-sex marriage vote.

Alesi burned through $132,755 [4] of his sizable $468,372 warchest over the past six months, including $10,300 to two other GOP senators who backed same-sex marriage and money to various local organizations. He received an infusion of cash from same-sex marriage supporters across the country.

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[1] Image: http://statepolitics.lohudblogs.com/files/2013/01/alesi1.jpg

[2] had been adamant for more than a year: http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2011/05/20/alesi-will-seek-re-election-next-year/

[3] he would not seek re-election. : http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2012/05/09/alesi-wont-seek-re-election-to-senate/

[4] Alesi burned through $132,755: http://www.elections.ny.gov:8080/plsql_browser/efs_summary_page?comid_in=A03276&rdate_in=15-JAN-2013&reportid_in=J&eyear_in=2013