(By Robert J. McCarthy, News Political Reporter) After County Legislator Kevin R. Hardwick supplied one of his trademark pithy comments to the Politics Column of The Buffalo News on April 15 — the one about today’s New York Republican primary amounting to a big nothing after Mitt Romney all but wrapped up the nomination — he thought that was the end of it.
But that wasn’t the end of it after producers of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” read the column. The wildly popular show flew Hardwick to New York City, where he spent all of Sunday filming a sketch fantasizing about what would happen if a New York State Kevin R. primary really did matter. Hardwick bemoaned
The result is one of primary’s those crazy “Daily Show” status. skits starring Samantha
Bee, John Oliver and a host of other regulars on the show—as well as the City of Tonawanda Republican who is also an associate professor of political science at Canisius College. And it all stemmed from Hardwick’s quote in The News ( “It’s like being next in line for concert tickets when the ticket window closes”) bemoaning New York’s also-ran status in the primaries.