Applause, Hugs & Tears As Pasqua Celebrates Unofficial DA WinPosted: Updated:
It was applause all around at VFW Post 1231 in Canton Tuesday night.
Republican Gary Pasqua had just bested Democrat Jim Monroe for St. Lawrence County district attorney by more than 2,000 votes.
Hugs were shared and some tears shed. But Pasqua was focused on the job ahead.
“We just go to work," he said. "You know, do the job of a prosecutor: prosecute cases, take care of victims, make sure things are going in the right direction."
Monroe had touted his hometown roots throughout the campaign, but it was not enough.
He was not talking to the press at the end of the night, but earlier he had expressed optimism.
“I'm exhausted and I'm nervous," Monroe said, "but I think, I feel very confident."
There are still absentee ballots to be counted, but Pasqua won by 2,400 votes, which is more than the number of absentee ballots.
Pasqua received more than 11,000 total votes.
The Monroe campaign had to fend off controversy two weeks ago when Facebook posts Monroe made last year surfaced. The Pasqua campaign denied it had pushed for those posts to become public.
Then, there were attack ads launched against Pasqua this weekend.
Pasqua and others said it was hard to know how big an impact that all had on the race. Some said it might have just been won by old-fashion shoe-leather politics.
“You know, Gary has been working door to door," county Republican chair Tom Jenison said. "That's one of the real big keys. He has been doing this for months.”
Pasqua will take over the post from controversial Republican DA Mary Rain.
Both Monroe and Pasqua vowed during the campaign to restore public trust in the office.
Rain declined to run for a second term