Chili Fest Has Democrats Battling For Title
4/4/2013 (Updated 10:58:14 PM)Politicians promise a lot of things to their constituents. On Thursday night, they promised to deliver the best chili.
"I like it a lot because it has a lot of good texture and tastes great."
14 democrats battling it out, not for a spot on a ballot, but for the winning entry in 8th annual chili fest.
"I saw your name on that plate, so you are a champion?"
"I am, I was the inaugural winner of this competition," said Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo.
For this contest, there's no outside help from campaign advisers.
"All contestants make their own chili, that's one of the requirements," said Margherite Rossi of the Democratic Women of Broome County.
While lots of politicians take pride in secret strategies,
many of the candidates say they don't have a secret recipe.
"Oh, it's no big secret it's mostly Betty Crocker and a little bit of my father," said Eric Denk, Chili fest contestant.
"No and actually that's probably why I don't win. I'll change it up every year," said Teri Rennia, Binghamton Mayoral candidate.
No matter the ingredients, each is intended as a recipe for success. The proceeds go to the Democratic Women of Broome County's scholarship fund
"We sponsor this each year to support scholarships for local woman in high school who are heading off to college in the fall. We give out $500 scholarships. We started only giving $100 and have grown over the years," said Rossi.
And if the way to a persons vote is through their stomach, candidates with a spicier chili may have just cooked themselves up a victory in the November election.
"My preference would be the hotter the better," said Spero Pines.
"Like he said, it's really spicy."
"It''s like pleasantly spicy."
****Ali Warner Fox 40 HD News***
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