Three separate items that will be condensed into one blog post:
Congressional candidate ejected from fair
Green Party congressional candidate Don Hassig was booted from the New York State Fair in Syracuse by state troopers for "dancing in the Youth Building," he said on his campaign blog.
"The officers behaved as if they knew very little about freedom of speech and cared nothing about protecting the freedom of speech of a New York State resident," Mr. Hassig writes.
He said that rather than charging him with trespass, the officers agreed to offer a written statement saying that he was being ejected from the fairgrounds on their order. He said he's not allowed back into the Fairgrounds until after the annual state fair ends.
State Police in the Syracuse area couldn't be reached for comment.
He will be on the ballot in the Nov. 6 race between Republican Matt Doheny and Democratic Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh.
Mayor Jeff Graham wrote on his blog today, apparently with sincerity, that he was offended.
"Again the third party candidate for Congress gets the bum's rush from a venue other pols get to hang out at....But those seeking to lick the boots of the Governor don't have to worry..." Mr. Graham, a supporter of Mr. Doheny, writes. "Donald Hassig isn't hurting anyone and it's about time the major party candidates stand up for freedom and invite this guy to their exclusive debate club."
This isn't Mr. Hassig's first run-in with the law.
October surprise: Hassig will be far from NY21
October will be crunch time for Mr. Doheny and Mr. Owens, who are actually seeking to win the north country's congressional seat. They'll likely get few hours of rest in between local campaign stops, shaking hands and trying to persuade voters to give them their vote.
Where will Mr. Hassig be?
Starting in mid-October, he will be in Saskatchewan, Canada, to find camping gear that he and his brother left out there in 2008. It took a month to transport it out there — canoeing and portaging in the Canadian wilderness.
"It will take at least as long to get it back out," Mr. Hassig said in an email. He continued: "I would have liked to continue campaigning through the date of the election but my family is a high priority matter. I will be campaigning diligently through the month of September."
It includes protection of farm animals, ethics, an "all defensive military" and other issues that don't directly relate to his environmental bailiwick.