With their party fortunes dropping fast because of a disastrous state budget and state tax increases, along with spiraling federal debt and declining ratings for President Obama, Democrats were desperate to get some new real estate on the ballot and the party's candidate for Family Court, controversial Troy attorney Richard Hanft, was struggling to get enough signatures to qualify for a minor party endorsement. The solution? Have Wade promise local candidates they
would get the Independence line, and off the candidates went, carrying ballots that listed Hanft and legislative candidates.
The gambit failed, with at least one Democrat said to have refused to turn in petitions that would have boosted Hanft's numbers for the Independence line.