Sen. Patty Ritchie's office sent out a news release yesterday touting her ranking from Unshackle Upstate as "among the highest" of her legislative peers.
What constituted "among the highest"? Tied for 27th in the Senate, out of 61 who were ranked. She's in the top 50th percentile — barely, at 54th.
She beat all other Democrats, but only three of her fellow Republicans scored lower than her in the chamber. The Assembly was measured using different rankings, so comparing her to that chamber is useless.
Sarah Compo, Mrs. Ritchie's spokeswoman, said that she received the "sixth-highest score" that the group gave out — a claim that doesn't ring true.
That logic rests on the notion that if three people are tied for first at 94, the person who gets a 93 is in second place. Of course, in my universe, if three people are tied for first place, the fourth person is in fourth place, not second.
"That's the way we're seeing this," Ms. Compo stated. "She received the sixth-highest score that they awarded."
The news release also touted a 90 percent ranking from the Business Council of New York State, a group that did indeed give her the highest score in the Senate. She tied for first place with twenty-nine of her fellow Republican senators, or nearly the entire Republican majority, which which she voted identically on the issues the Business Council ranked.
Among the accomplishments, her office states, is the creation of the Regional Economic Development Councils. The office neglects to mention that in 2011, the Senate majority of which she is a member nixed the program in its own budget, citing lack of specifics.