Partisans could learn a key lesson from Gioia

The efforts of a major Republican like Tony Gioia working to raise campaign funds for Congressman Brian Higgins is a rare sign of sanity in today’s election process.

Partisans in Washington and Albany can take a lesson from Gioia’s efforts. He has worked with Higgins on waterfront and cancer issues, and he sees the same thing most Western New Yorkers see: a dedicated public servant who cares about his community. That he is of a different political stripe is – and should be – irrelevant. As Gioia himself says, he “is an American first.”

Thomas M. Evans