President Obama is making a swing through Upstate New York next week and is scheduled to make a stop in the Buffalo area. Democratic Party leaders are excited, but not exactly sure what to expect.
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- It's unclear if he got enough chicken wings the last time he stopped by, but sources tell YNN that President Obama will be in the Buffalo-area for the first time since his 2010 visit.
"I think there's a lot of positive energy. I'm looking forward to the same thing this time. People are very excited about this already," ECDC chairman Jeremy Zellner said.
According to the White House, Obama will discuss a "better bargain for the middle class," on a bus tour of Pennsylvania and Upstate New York next Thursday and Friday.
"We think he's done a great job with our middle class and I think that's his agenda, is to come up here and to speak about the things that he's doing to help middle class citizens and taxpayers," Zellner said.
Zellner said the President may talk about a number of issues, implementation of the Affordable Care Act, jobs and the economy..
"Including saving the auto industry," Zellner said. "We've got a thriving GM plant here in Western New York that wouldn't be here without the President."
The former party chair, Len Lenihan, said he wouldn't be surprised if Obama also hits on another hot-button topic in Buffalo: education.
"It could be the president wants to address that issue, particularly after some of the reports came out from the state about where we line up about graduation rates and some of the English and math proficiency, so it could be," Lenihan said.
But Lenihan doesn't expect the President to be heavy-handed. In fact, he said the visit could spur more federal dollars to Western New York.
"It would be with an emphasis on what can we do to help. Here's what we want to do to help and how do we become better partners in taking care of our kids, our health care, helping people get jobs," he said.
While Dem leaders expect the President to focus on issues not politics, they say it can only help fall candidates to have him in town.
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A local Republican who said this visit is nothing but a campaign event for Govenor Cuomo.
The President is expected to talk about the middle class, but very few other details have been provided by the White House.
Tea Party activist Rus Thompson says it's a move designed to rally support for the Democratic Party.
"The only reason I see for him coming to Western New York is to boost Cuomo in Cuomo's re-election because he knows, because Cuomo knows that his numbers are very, very bad in Western New York," Thompson said.
Casey Thompson says that the Governor lost a lot fo support in Western New York because of the Safe Act. He said that the Tea Party movement is very much alive in many parts of the state.
Thompson said that there is already talks of protests for when the president arrives next week.