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Dyster Polling Starting Already for 2015 Candidacy?

October 14, 2014

Councilman Glenn Choolokian named in poll as possible mayoral rival for Paul Dyster.

Over the past weekend an automated phone poll was launched in an attempt to take the pulse of candidate Paul Dyster.

People receiving the call informed the Reporter that the poll had six questions: How do you rate the mayor’s performance? Would you vote for him again? Do you think it’s time to give another person a chance? How do you rate Mayor Dyster’s leadership? Is Paul Dyster accessible to residents? Who do you prefer for mayor in a field of Paul Dyster, Johnny Destino, Glenn Choolokian, Charles Walker and Robert Restaino?

This poll is concerned only with potential Democratic candidates for mayor.

At the close of the poll the recorded voice states, “This poll was not paid for by a political candidate or party and was conducted by Damon Associates.”

Was the poll ordered by Democratic operatives as a means to assess the chances of Dyster winning a third term? Or did Republicans conduct the poll so that they could determine who is likely to be the Democratic primary winner?

Either way, it is clear that the poll is meant to determine if the bloom is off the Dyster rose?

Every candidate elected multiple times inevitably reaches the end of their shelf life before the end of their final term as they “wear out their welcome.” Their end could be due to failings of the candidate, bad luck or the inconvenient timing of events beyond the elected official’s control.

In the end it doesn’t matter what causes the drop in popularity. That drop, once it begins in an almost imperceptible fashion, picks up momentum with the officeholder eventually suffering political death by a thousand cuts.

It’s possible the poll was ordered by Buffalo businessmen that supported Paul Dyster from 2007 until now. Are those Buffalo supporters preparing to set candidate Dyster aside in favor of a new, more likeable mayoral candidate in 2015?





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