The head of Eric Mower and Associates‘ (EMA) public affairs practice has an op-ed today in one of the country’s largest newspapers that raises the curtain on the 2010 campaign season and provides insights into lessons learned from this past week’s elections in New York.
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In the essay, EMA Senior Partner Robert J. Bellafiore says it’s too early to call Republican victories in New Jersey and Virginia a referendum on President Obama, and cautions that Republicans nationally and in New York must resolve significant issues to make further political inroads.
“Even with some returns from Tuesday still being counted, the curtain has been raised on the 2010 campaign—which is shaping up as a political perfect storm that will keep campaign junkies hard-wired to their Twitter feeds and voters faced with choices that will affect their lives for years,” Mr. Bellafiore wrote.
“Spicing up this discussion is a thick economics-driven anti-incumbency sentiment that provides opportunities for both Democrats and Republicans, and the Conservative Party’s re-ascendancy in the battle over the New York GOP agenda.”
“But if there’s one lesson in Tuesday’s results, it’s that politics is still unpredictable and things can change faster than a Phillies’ lead with Brad Lidge on the mound.”
The full piece can be found here.
Mr. Bellafiore has headed EMA’s public affairs and issue management communications practice since January 2003 and is based in Albany, N.Y. He is a former political reporter for The Associated Press and served as first press secretary and later deputy chief of staff for then-New York Gov. George Pataki.
Mr. Bellafiore appears weekly on Time Warner Cable’s popular upstate New York political program “Capital Tonight.” His analyses of politics and government have been published in The New York Times and the Buffalo News, as well as the New York Post.