BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Western New Yorkers remember the legacy of Jack Kemp, a formerBuffalo Bill turned congressman and vice presidential candidate.Now, is another former Bill about to follow in his footsteps?
Fred Smerlas is entertaining a run for Congress. He played forthe Bills from 1979 to '89 and now might "tackle" the job ofrunning for Congress by moving back to Western New York.
On WBEN.com, Smerlas said, "Yeah, I am considering it, but Idon't know when exactly."
Frank Misuraca thought, "I think he would be a good Congressman.It would be interesting to have an old Bills football hero, yaknow, after Jack Kemp."
The former Buffalo Bill, now a Wall of Famer, says having playedhere, lived here, and and watched the region decline economically,he would do all he could to tip the political scales in favor ofUpstate New York.
"I said nobody is representing Western New York. It's like it'sa lost country. I said my first act if I ever got elected would beto take a big saw and cut New York City off," said Smerlas.
John Grieco shared his opinion saying, "I'd like to see him comeback, and being he's part of Buffalo, which I remember, I thinkhe'd help us out. I think he understands."
Smerlas said on WEEI.com, "Learn from the master, like youlearned from me. I brought you along slowly and look what Icreated.
Smerlas, who does sports radio work on WEEI in Boston, wouldmove back to Western New York if he decides to make a run forCapital Hill. But some voters are skeptical about candidates movingback to run.
Pat Phillips two cents were, "I don't know if I'm for people whomove to different areas just to run for politics because itenhances their chances of, ya know, getting elected somewhere."
And what are his politics? Besides learning that he would take a"saw" to New York City, voters might have a lot of questions aboutthe man.
Don Evchich wondered, "What is the man made out of? I'm lookingout of his moral structure. What is he made out of? Because if hehas good moral structure, he'll be a good politician."
One thing about Fred Smerlas, he's not afraid to express hisviews, especially when it comes to the economic decline of ourregion over the years.
"It really pisses me off, that Western New York is a dumpingground for New York," said Smerlas.
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