On October 19th, 2012 when Bill Clinton campaigned for Louise Slaughter. And a Socialist at the public market


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In keeping with our Presidential visits to Rochester series (BELOW), on October 19th, 2012, former President Bill Clinton attended a rally for congressional Representatives Louise Slaughter and Kathy Hochul at the Main Street Armory.

According to the Democrat and Chronicle, about 3,000 attended Clinton’s rally for Democratic congressional Representatives Louise Slaughter and Kathy Hochul re-election campaigns.


Yard sign in Brighton October, 2016

Defeating Maggie Brooks, Slaughter would win her 14th term. Hochul lost to Christopher Collins. Hochul is currently the Lieutenant Governor of New York.  Still going strong, Louise in currently running for her 16th term against Republican Mark Assini.


4/04/16 Photo: Democrat and Chronicle

Having visited Rochester on August 22nd, 2012, President Obama would win a second term and Hillary Clinton would become Secretary of State.

A year earlier in 2011, Clinton spoke at the University of Rochester’s Meliora Weekend.

On April 4th, 2016, Clinton attended a rally for Hillary’s successful primary campaign.


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The same day the D & C reported on Clinton’s 2012 visit, in “Presidential hopeful at Public Market” Erica Bryant looked at 2012 third party candidates, including Peta Lindsay, the Party for Socialism and Liberation‘s candidate for President. That day, Lindsay met voters at the Public Market.  Depending on the source, Lindsay would receive either 7,791 or 9,388 votes. presidential-ticket-page0001

Interestingly, Lindsay was ineligible to be President as she was only 27 years old.  Her candidacy did become part of a constitutional legal dispute.  During the 2012 election, California did not permit Lindsay’s name on the ballot. The two disputed issues were: (1) does someone have the right to run for office even if ineligible to serve and (2) only Congress, not individual states, could determine ballot eligibility.  In Lindsay v. Bowen (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals). Lindsay lost on both accounts.

Rochester has known controversies surrounding voting eligibility.  Although women at the time were prohibited from voting, on November 5, 1872 Susan B. Anthony cast a ballot in the presidential election for Victoria Woodhull, the Equal Right’s Party’s candidate. Two weeks later Anthony was arrested, and the following year, she was found guilty of illegal voting.


West Brighton, September 2016. Stein sign in background.


West Brighton, September 2016. Johnson sign in background.

Woodhull was deemed eligible to run for office even though she could not vote for herself. In an odd twist, Woodhull also was too young to be eligible to serve as president. Had she won, Woodhull would not have turned 35 until six months into her administration.

As seen in the above vote totals, third party candidates were not a significant factor in the 2012 election. The Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson received 0.99 %; while the Green Party’s Jill Stein received 0.36%.

This year Johnson and Stein are again running. Earlier in the campaign, both — especially Johnson — were polling noticeably higher than the historical norm for third party candidates.

Recently, their poll numbers have declined.  Depending on the poll, Johnson stands at about 7 %; while Stein is at about 2%. Some pundits think if a Clinton victory is virtually assured, a greater number of voters will choose Johnson, Stein or another third party candidate.

I did find a home in West Brighton that appears to support both Johnson and Stein.


graveWhen President John Quincy Adams visited Rochester on July 27th and 28th, 1843 and toured Mt. Hope Cemetery, Nathaniel lincolnRochester’s grave.

On Abraham Lincoln in Rochester from Michael Nighan, a plaque and a train station.


In Memorial Day, 1892, when President Benjamin Harrison dedicated the Soldier’s and Sailor’s Monument in Washington Square Park with Frederick Douglass. And Occupy Rochester, Benjamin Harrison, Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass in the same park Occupy would occupy.rab-fdr

In FDR’s first visit to Rochester as a national candidate, September 23rd, 1920. And the League of Nations., Rachel in Washington Square Park.

In Governor Roosevelt’s triumphant return to the Convention Hall, October 18th, 1932, a luncheon with Eleanor Roosevelt.

In FDR in Rochester en route to a New Deal landslide, October 17th, 1936, an unfinished portrait.

In When President Truman campaigned in Rochester en route to his upset win over NY Governor Thomas Dewey, a thruway sign.dewey-cropped

In 56 years ago when JFK spoke at the War Memorial. Two days after his debate with Nixon. Nine days after RFK was here., the War Memorial.

In LBJ and RFK in Rochester, October 15th,1964, a plaque in Highland Park.

war-memorialIn 45 years ago when President Nixon visited Rochester. And 3 days later when East High School erupted in racial violence a media briefing at the Landmark Hotel in Pittsford.running-for-prz

In When Carter stumped Rochester in ’76. And Howard the Duck. it was Howard for Prez.rfk-lbj


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with BrIAN croppedIn 27 years ago today when President George H. W. Bush visited Wilson Magnet High School, a signed chalkboard.

In 5 Meliora Weekends ago when President Clinton spoke. And Great Books with President Seligman

In A seat at the President’s table three years later, soup and a grilled cheese sandwich at Magnolia’s.

Memories of presidential visits on Election Day in Brighton