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Duffy now backs Lovely Warren
Rochester, N.Y. --- Throughout the Democratic Mayoral Primary campaign Lt. Governor Bob Duffy backed his close friend and successor, Mayor Tom Richards.
Richards political future now appears in question following Tuesday nights 16-point defeat to City Council President Lovely Warren. And now Lt. Governor Duffy is on the record as backing Warren.
"Tom has to make a decision about what he wants to do and be it far from me to say what he's going to do but clearly Lovely Warren is the Democratic candidate and she's going to get our support and the support from the party coming up, Duffy told 13WHAM News on Friday. I've spoken to her since, I talked to her Election Night, I talked to her yesterday again, she knows that.
It was evident that the decision was not easy for Duffy who, as Rochesters Mayor, brought Richards out of retirement and into public service to serve as Rochesters City Attorney.
"I'll be clear, I supported Tom. Tom came back out of retirement to work on my team and did an outstanding job in my time as mayor, he did a great job the last 3 years as Mayor, said Duffy. It was clearly a choice of loyalty and friendship there but during that process I always said extremely positive things about Lovely.
In Warren, Duffy also sees a situation that he can relate to.
I ran a very similar campaign and primary back in 2005. I ran against the Democratic establishment at that time as well, Duffy recalled. "I ran against a candidate, Wade Norwood, who Lovely Warren supported. Lovely Warren did not support me, (Assemblyman) Dave Gantt did not support me, the Democratic Party did not support me but once I won the next day they were all there. That is the way the system that is the way the process works, that's the way it will work here.
She has great potential to be an outstanding Mayor, Duffy continued. She has to work hard for November, there's still an election coming up, clearly she should feel very proud of what she accomplished with this primary victory over a very, very high quality opponent in Tom Richards.