Giambra announces gubernatorial bid

Former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra announced his intention to seek the GOP nomination for Governor.

Giambra is a former Democrat who ran as a Republican for two terms as Erie CE.  He is positioning himself as a “moderate.”

What does he bring to the table?

On the upside:

  • Has a degree of credibility having served 10 years as City of Buffalo Comptroller and 8 years as Erie County Executive.
  • Might appeal to Democrats and “moderates” having previously represented a Democrat-majority district.

On the downside:

On 2A, the only thing I can recall about Giambra is that back in ’06 he wanted approval from the state legislature to tack a $5 fee on pistol licenses.  Whether this was because he is antigun or because the county needed the money can be debated.

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