Ultimately, probably no more or less than anything else does. Since the death of Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce, it's come out that his widow Betty Lou was interested in the job. Yesterday, she formally announced herself as a candidate.
75-year-old Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce collapsed and died at the State House on January 9, as the final day of the lame-duck legislative session was drawing to a close. He had been the assembly's top Republican since 2003. Alex’s widow, Betty Lou DeCroce tells Republican leaders that she wants to fill the 26th legislative district seat left vacant by the passing of her husband.