North Tonawanda, NY (WBEN) She's collected petition signatures and anticipated challenging George Maziarz in a Republican primary. Now that Maziarz is out, Gia Arnold says at the very least, she deserves an interview for the line.
"Having served in the Senate for 19 years and having made a career out of politics, I was wondering why all of a sudden he would drop out of the race like that," says Arnold. She says she was denied the opportunity to be interviewed when she announced her campaign by party leaders of counties in the 62nd district, by their ignoring of her letters.
Now that Maziarz is out, Arnold says an interview is something party chairs owe her, considering she has the required number of signatures on petitions to put her on the ballot. "We're not demanding they give me the (Republican and Conservative party) lines, we're demanding they give me the opportunity to be interviewed and the chance, because I've already gathered enough signatures and sent them to Albany," says Arnold.
Arnold says there is an "old boys club" in Albany. "We as constituents need to not only hold candidates accountable but parties making the decisions on who is running and who is on the lines," believes Arnold.