Former Buffalo Bill Fred Smerlas Not Running for Congress in Western New York

6:17 PM, May 19, 2010   |    comments
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BUFFALO, NY -- 2 On Your Side has learned Former Buffalo Bill Fred Smerlas has decided not to run for the 28th U.S. Congressional seat that's currently held by Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-Fairport).

Last week, The Republican Party in Monroe County, which includes Rochester, nominated Smerlas as their candidate.  Erie County Republican Chair Nick Langworthy also told 2 On-Your-Side he was convinced Smerlas would make an excellent candidate  after several phone conversations with him.

Langworthy tells WGRZ-TV that Smerlas made his decision not to run based on family considerations.

"He has teenage children and decided he couldn't be fully devoted to their needs and a race for Congress at the same time," Langworthy said.

While disappointed  that Smerlas has decided not to run, Langworthy said he can fully understand and support Smerlas' decision.


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