Democrats crowd 21st District race

Kotary, who is also a Bethlehem Town Board member, is working on Brooks' campaign, but Bethlehem Town Supervisor Jack Cunningham is listed as a Steck supporter.

"It leads to some ribbing here and there," Kotary said when asked about their choices to replace McNulty. "It's like baseball. Sure you're a Red Sox fan and I'm a Yankees fan, but at the end of the day, it's all baseball, and we're all Democrats."

Steck, who is an Albany County legislator and Colonie's Democratic chairman, said he is pleased with his campaign so far.

"I think we have a very strong grassroots campaign here in Colonie," Steck said. "I think what I've done in the past shows what I will do in the future."

Chairing the Democrats in Colonie, which was a Republican stronghold for decades prior to last fall's election when his party took over the town for the first time, Steck is credited with the victories. He wants to focus on alternative energies and federal pensions being lost to legal loopholes if he goes to Washington, and like many Democrats, ending the war in Iraq is also a priority.

He isn't worried about the newly arrived Republican, Buhrmaster.

"We defeated the Republicans when they outnumbered us in Colonie," said Steck. "I'm not worried about running against a Republican in an overwhelmingly Democratic Congressional district if I am nominated."

Steck said he is a proven Democratic leader and that he is confident that voters will make an intelligent and informed decision and vote for him.

"I'm not interested in who's the front runner and who's not," he said. "As far as I'm concerned, I don't care if me, Tracey Brooks, or the man on the moon were the front runner."

Steck says that he has the strongest record of helping fellow Democrats in the race.

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