Photo of Frank Commisso Jr. on primary night taken by Luke Stoddard Nathan
Late this evening Albany Common Councilman Frank Commisso Jr. appeared to abandon his bid for Albany Mayor–two weeks after falling to Democratic incumbent Mayor Kathy Sheehan. In a message posted to his Facebook account at 6:55 PM Commisso trumpeted the percentage of votes he captured compared to challengers in Mayoral races across the state.
The last few sentences of the message state: “My name will appear on the Independence Party Line on November 7th, but I will not be actively campaigning. Going forward, I will build upon what we began this year. That requires further organizing to change Albany through both advocacy and elections. Stick with me. FC.”
The Alt tried repeatedly to contact Commisso about whether he would run in the general in the days since the primary. Commisso’s comments on primary night left many to wonder if he would continue on in a contest that would pit Democrat against Democrat. Some in Sheehan’s camp expected it.
Commisso lashed into Sheehan challenging her competence and character even before he announced his candidacy. Sheehan appeared concerned by the challenge to some, despite the safety of incumbency, as she loaned $387,000 of her own funds to her campaign over the span of the contest.
Other political observers have speculated that Sheehan was investing in television spots to widen her name recognition in preparation for future Congressional bid.
Meanwhile, many expect Commisso, who will start 2018 without a council seat, is preparing to replace Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners should he not seek reelection.
Sheehan is scheduled to hold a general election fundraiser on Oct. 11th. She will face a Green Party candidate Bryan Jimenez and perennial candidate Conservative Joseph Sullivan on Nov. 4.
We’ll update this story as we get more comment.
Here is the entirety of the post on Commisso’s account.