McLaughlin announces candidacy

Banker will stage a second run on Tim Gordon's seat

Steve McLaughlin's hoping the second time's the charm.

After failing in 2008 to unseat Tim Gordon, I-Bethlehem, from his position in the state Assembly, the Republican announced on Tuesday, May 11, he would again seek to represent the 108th district.

In a later interview, the business banking officer said he has all but secured the blessing of GOP leadership in the district and intends to build upon his previous effort, taking advantage of what he sees is a developing voter backlash.

At the end of the day we were outspent nearly 10-to-1, and we still did second best of any Republican in the state, he said of the last election. "The winds have shifted around completely. You can see the anger in the public right now."

Saying state government has suffered a "complete meltdown" in the past two years, McLaughlin said he's confident voters will identify two-term term incumbent Gordon as part of the problem.

"The only thing the guy knows how to do is how to go down to Albany and spend our money," he said. "Take a look at his record, and if you're happy with the direction of the state, Tim's your guy."

Gordon, on the other hand, said his record is exactly why he will secure another victory over McLaughlin.

"I certainly am proud of what I have been able to accomplish here during what has been a difficult time in the state economy and national economy," he said. "I think I have kept my promises."

Gordon also defended himself against McLaughlin's assertion he is in lockstep with Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, and other Assembly Democrats.

"It's a tired out argument, seeking to connect me with my downstate colleagues for no other purpose but to try to create division between fellow New Yorkers," he said. "I'm more interested in bringing people together than creating division."

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