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Davis Says He'll Seek One Dollar Annual Salary

By Joyce Kryszak

Buffalo, NY – Attention voters. There's a special in aisle 26 of the congressional elections. The Democratic candidate vying for the 26th district House seat says he will work for the bargain basement price of a buck.

The race for the 26th District has been filled with scandal, scrapping over pork barrel spending and even a natural disaster thrown in just to keep it interesting. Now, Democratic challenger Jack Davis is offering a campaign season-end sale. You can have this congressman for a dollar a year. That salary is marked down from the regular price of $165 thousand plus benefits.

UB political science professor James Campbell questions the timing. Campbell says its more likely a last ditch effort to influence voters who are on the fence - and to bring attention to the pay raises of Congressman Tom Reynolds. But Campbell concedes it is an unusual tactic. And he says it's difficult to say how it will play with voters next Tuesday.

Congressman Tom Reynolds was not available before deadline to comment on the Davis announcement. The 26th Congressional race is one of the most tightly contested. At this point, Campbell says it's too close to call.

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