"[O'Brien] is a very good man and an experienced legislator, there’s no doubt about that,” McNamara said. “Unfortunately, there was a perception by people on the street that he had aligned himself with ACORN and that cost him.”
“With that connection and the fact that he is a good legislator but doesn’t have any executive experience he found himself in trouble,” McNamara said. “Stewart played it very smart and ran on his record. Taxes are stable, the city is improving and people that I spoke with didn’t see any reason to change horses in mid-stream."
There were two other quotes that also struck me as very interesting. and with these I'm quoting the article's author James Craven.
"O’Brien was contacted for his comments for this article but did not return calls."
"John McNamara, chairman of the Democratic Town Committee, also did not return a call Wednesday."
Makes one wonder where they were and what they were doing...