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Warren down but not out

Rochester, N.Y. Its been a very rocky start for Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren.

But Tim Kneeland, a political science professor at Nazareth College, says Warren is doing the right thing by talking to the media and embracing an investigation by the City Councils Ethics Board.

"You acknowledge the press has a job to do, the press has a job to question, investigate, answer concerns of the public, bring those or raise those to the Mayor's office and for the Mayor to see that's part of the profession and not to see this as immediately adversary," Kneeland said.

Kneeland added that theres always learning curve for politicians and how to address issues on a public level.

"She's got four more years before her next election and we've had gifted politicians who have stumbled out of the block and failed to answer the press in a way that impressed them," Kneeland said.

It happened to Bill Clinton, Kneeland says, citing the lack of proper vetting of some of the former presidents staffers.

"Bill Clinton ended up being one of the more popular presidents we've had," Kneeland said.

Kneeland believes Warren will have the same outcome.

"I think she's learned a valuable lesson here and I would be surprised if it was ever repeated again," said Kneeland.

Monroe County Democratic Chairman Joe Morelle said everyone experiences a few bumps in the road, but says this too shall pass for Warren.

"I have enormous confidence in her, Morelle said. She did a great job as city council president; I think she'll do a great job as Mayor. We should all be behind her and we are."

 
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