By Sam Foster
Via Buffalo News
Leonard Roberto of Alden has decided the throw his hat in the ring in a bid to challenge incumbent Brian Higgins for Buffalo's representation in congress. The Buffalo News has a bit of Roberto's background:
Roberto was endorsed by both the Erie County Republican and Conservative parties, which he has described as representing "a new direction for the conservative movement in Western New York."
"For years, I have been working to hold the political parties in our state to the conservative principles of smaller government, less taxes and spending cuts," Roberto said in a news release Tuesday.
"Now, all the work I have done — with the help of so many other concerned Western New Yorkers — is being recognized as the right direction for local Conservatives and Republicans running for national office," he added.
Roberto is the founder of Primary Challenge, an anti-incumbent, taxpayer advocacy group. He also ran for county executive on the Independence Party line in 1995 and for State Senate in the 2005 Republican primary.
Leonard Roberto will likely face an uphill battle for his election bid. Cook's political report lists NY's 27th congressional district as favoring Democrats by +4 on their PVI rating system. The district voted heavily for Higgins in 2008, 74%. You can visit his site here.