Tue August 27, 2013
McCarthy previews mayoral debate
With polls showing incumbent Byron Brown with a sizable lead in the race for Buffalo Mayor, Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy believes tonight's debate on WBFO and WNED-TV could produce some surprises.
Candidates Bernie Tolbert, Sergio Rodriguez and Byron Brown will debate tonight at 8 p.m. in the WNED-TV studios. The event can also be heard on WBFO.
McCarthy says to keep an eye on Republican challenger Rodriguez, who "has been a very active candidate for somebody with no money."
In an earlier debate, Rodriguez gave a performance that was "lively" and "pugnacious."
With the Democratic Primary approaching on September 10, McCarthy expects Democrat Bernie Tolbert to take an aggressive approach as well.
As for Mayor Brown, McCarthy gives strong reviews to the effort by his campaign team. If Brown were to be upset in the race, McCarthy says the mayor's team won't be to blame.
Tonight's debate is being produced in conjunction with WGRZ-TV, in cooperation with the League of Women Voters of Buffalo-Niagara.