The road to the 2013 Democratic primary started with an accusation.
Assemblyman David Gantt said Democratic Chair Joe Morelle made a promise that if Gantt and his former chief of staff, Lovely Warren, supported Tom Richards in the special election to replace Bob Duffy, then this year Warren would be the Democratic endorsed candidate for Rochester mayor.
"This is a case where a commitment was made to finish the term and then leave. Now, we get to the door and he's not leaving. That's not our fault," said Gantt back in March.
But then, current Mayor Tom Richards decided to run for re-election.
Morelle has strongly denied that he made any such promise.
"Not true, and I don't know what role David played. Obviously, he's important to her as a mentor and someone she's worked with, so I'm sure he was very active," said Morelle.
Warren, the City Council President, didn't need party leadership's backing to to win the Democratic endorsement. She finished Tuesday night's primary with a sizable lead over Richards, taking 58 percent of the vote.
"I get along very well with her. I mean, obviously, we disagreed about who should be the mayor," said Morelle.
This isn't the only time the party's endorsed candidate failed to come out on top. Former police chief Bob Duffy took a similar road to City Hall in 2005, after claiming 50 percent of the vote over Democratic party-endorsed candidate Wade Norwood.
"Bob unified people and I think in doing that brought not only the party together but brought the community together and I expect Lovely will do the same," Morelle said.
So, will the party now throw its support behind Warren after declaring Richards the man for the job? Richards can still decide to campaign. He's on both the independent and working families line in November's general election.
"Certainly party resources aren't going to other party candidates or party lines,"
Warren says the primary election was based on two very different visions for the city, but she plans to put those differences aside.
"I am hopeful we will be able to pull our party together. We're both Democrats, we're registered Democrats, and I'm looking forward to making sure a Democrat leads this city," said Warren.
Morelle said he's encouraging everyone involved in this primary to take a breath before making any final decisions about the November elections.
When asked if he thought the party was fractured after such a contentious primary, Morelle said the local Democrats are "quick healers."