More than a quarter of respondents to this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll say Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks is their pick to replace Eric Massa as the 29th Congressional District representative.
Massa’s decision to resign from office was effective Monday. He took office in January 2009 after defeating incumbent John "Randy" Kuhl Jr. in the November 2008 election. Massa had lost to Kuhl two years earlier. In this week’s Snap Poll, Kuhl received support from 11 percent of respondents.
Brooks was favored by 26 percent of respondents. Democrat David Koon, an assemblyman from Fairport, and Republican Thomas Reed II, the former mayor of Corning, tied for second place with 16 percent apiece. Reed announced last summer that he would run for Massa’s seat this year.
The 29th District includes parts of Monroe and Ontario counties and all of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties.
Of those who participated in the poll, some 42 percent identified themselves as Republicans.
Roughly 910 readers participated in this week’s poll, which was conducted March 8 and 9.
Who is your pick to replace Eric Massa as 29th Congressional District representative?
Maggie Brooks (R), Monroe County executive
David Koon (D), state assemblyman from Fairport
Thomas Reed II (R), former Corning mayor
Michael Green (D), Monroe County district attorney
Randy Kuhl (R), former 29th District representative
Susan John (D),state assemblywoman from Rochester
Ellen Polimeni (D), Canandaigua mayor
Shawn Hogan (D), Hornell mayor
What is your political affiliation?
I must say how disappointed I am in Eric Massa. If his allegations are true that Obama was forcing him out because of the health care bill, then why resign now? It makes no sense. He has totally abandoned his constituents at a critical time. There is no guarantee the governor will call a special election, which means we could lose a vote on this important issue. Again, what is wrong with this man? For a veteran who often thumped his chest, where is his courage to do the right thing? He has let all of us down yet again. Personally, I don’t think he ever had the right stuff to represent his constituents and the fact that he is leaving with his tail between his legs proves it. Let’s hope the next representative has the right stuff.
-Robert W. Hurlbut, president,
The population of the 29th is a complex mix of rural, small city and upscale suburban communities. Somehow, Massa’s mix of life experience in the military and liberal ideas made him a viable candidate. Massa also rode the wave of President Obama’s and Democratic success in many races across the nation, which is unlikely to repeat this year. … Of all the names listed, Ms. Brooks is the only one to meet those criteria. The real question is, if Ms. Brooks were to run and win, who would take her place as county executive?
-Frank Orienter, Rochester
Something just doesn’t make sense about this whole thing. Something just doesn’t smell right. I’ve always been opposed to Eric Massa, but I also had a great respect for him. He held open meetings with the tea party people and stayed until every question was answered. Why does Mr. Massa need to leave before the (health care) vote? Something just doesn’t pass the smell test.
-Clifford Jacobson, WebHomeUSA.com
(Gov. David) Paterson could appoint himself as the replacement and then resign as governor. It sounds really crazy, but not any crazier than anything else going on in Albany.
-Doug Lyon, Lyon Capital Management
I thought I had voted for a good man and a Democrat when I voted for Massa. I’m not sure I was correct about either assessment. Susan (John) has been a terrific advocate for women and children in particular. She has accomplished things in a political atmosphere in which one wonders how anyone could be productive. She would be a great representative from our district, should she decide to run.
It saddens me to see the ongoing "drama" of our political landscape in New York. We are in the worst financial condition we have seen for generations, yet our political "leaders" do slim to nothing to lift us out of this mess. The residents of New York are the true victims. It’s a sad day for New York.
Politics in New York is an embarrassment.
I don’t know all the other players. I trust Maggie Brooks; I don’t want to lose a terrific Monroe County CEO. I can’t vote for Mike Green because we need his strength and dedication as DA.
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