Due to an emergency, the meet and greet with Robert Antonacci, Republican state comptroller candidate, scheduled for Wednesday night at Diethrick Park is on hold.
Antonacci is in the middle of his campaign trip across New York state ballparks. In addition to a possible return trip to Jamestown, the campaign trail will start back up on Aug. 25 when he will visit four more ballparks. The trip so far for Antonacci has been a good one.
"Going to every city and seeing every nuance has been great," Antonacci said. "It's unbelievable how diverse the state is. It's been great meeting people in the many different areas."
Since he's a baseball fan and a follower of the Syracuse Chiefs, Antonacci and his campaign thought that having meet and greets at baseball parks was a great idea. Following Antonacci around New York is his mascot, Big Head Bobby. He got the idea when he went to see a Nationals game and witnessed the presidents' mascots. Having seen how unique the race was, he thought having a race among governmental mascots at his hometown stadium, NBT Park, would be something that would interest fans. None of the officials, however, wanted to take part.
"We figured we would buy the mascot because it's a great way to break the ice with people," Antonacci said.
Inside the mascot is his 17-year-old son Bobby. People are able to get a glimpse of the big mascot and get a photo with him.
"Going to every city and seeing every nuance has been great. It's unbelievable how diverse the state is."
Robert Antonacci, Republican state comptroller candidate
Antonacci is running against New York state comptroller, Democrat Tom DiNapoli. The biggest part of the job Antonacci mentioned is handling the state's money.
"New York state is diverse from Western New York all the way to the other side," Antonacci said. " The bottom line is that all people care about jobs, taxes and the economic outlook of the state. We have to watch the money and create jobs to create a better future for the state."
Antonacci and his campaign group took a tour around Diethrick Park, which he said was, "a nice stadium." For lunch they stopped at Alfies. He hopes to make it back to Jamestown to meet with the people.
"We're going to try," Antonacci said. "That's what our next talk will be about."
For Antonacci, the campaign across New York state is a good way for people to familiarize themselves with him since they don't know much about him. In a Siena Poll released Monday, 82 percent of likely voters who polled said they didn't know Antonacci. The poll also stated that DiNapoli is leading by 34 points.