Election 2010: Voters Choice

Read what two local Congressional candidates have to say about the issues — and preview three state races that will have an impact on the Valley

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Tea Time?

Tea Party supporters advocate less taxation and a scaled-down federal government. But whether their candidates can win in New York is not at all certain

Given the amount of media coverage Glenn Beck and the Tea Party faithful receive, you might get the impression they’ve been marching down the nation’s highways, adding millions to their ranks by the hour, poised to topple every Congressional office and state house in the continental United States.

It’s a little more nuanced than that, of course. The movement’s influence varies state by state, region by region.

So is it tea time in the Hudson Valley? Or is that whistling coming from the kitchen just Uncle Lou trying to entertain himself?

Locally, the Tea Party’s numbers — to the extent they can be determined — are relatively impressive. When the first tea parties were held in April 2009, approximately 4,000 people headed to Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, making it the 25th-largest of the thousands of events to be held that day nationwide. Carl Paladino — the highest-profile Tea Party candidate running for office in New York — carried every Valley county except Westchester in the Republican gubernatorial primary. (Results for Columbia County were not available at press time.) Other self-identified tea partiers, however — such as 19th District congressional candidate Neil DiCarlo — lost their races.

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