Meyer concedes Republican primary for Rensselaer County executive

September 18, 2017 11:26 PM

Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin said he is feeling good about his bid for the Rensselaer County Executive seat, especially after his Republican opponent, Christopher Meyer, conceded the Republican Primary race to him Monday afternoon.


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“It's a primary, it's over and as we say that's just the scrimmage, the main game is still to come,” McLaughlin said.


Meyer has served as the Rensselaer Deputy County Executive for 13 years under the current County Executive, Kathleen Jimino.


Jimino, who is a Republican, has decided not to seek a fifth term.  


In a statement issued Monday afternoon Meyer said, "It is with great disappointment that I have come to the realization that I will not be the next Rensselaer County Executive."


Meyer was lagging behind McLaughlin after last Tuesday's primary night and needed a lot large number of absentee ballots to win the primary.


McLaughlin said he met with Meyer to talk about his decision.


“He was very conscientious and aware that continuing this would just sort of be detrimental to the Republican Party and would not be good for everybody involved,” McLaughlin said.


Democratic candidate, Andrea Smyth, said it seems like Meyer and McLaughlin may have made a deal.


“Mr. Meyer seems like he's engaging in old boy backroom politics with this suspension of his campaign and that in addition to abandoning the voters is very disappointing to me,” Smyth said.


The long-time public policy consultant tells NewsChannel 13 she is optimistic about the race.


Although she still has to contend with minor party lines and unaffiliated voters who could swing either way.


“I think our race is on solid footing,” Smyth said. “We are issue focused. We are talking about infrastructure, job creation, we're talking about the health and safety issues in Rensselaer County.”


Meanwhile, McLaughlin is wishing Meyer the best.


“Chris is a young guy,” McLaughlin said. “He has a bright future ahead of him.”


McLaughlin will face off against Smyth and Green Party candidate Wayne Foy in November.

NewsChannel 13 reached out to Meyer for comment but did receive a response from him.


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