Republican Spotted Enjoying Himself on Lark Street

By Curtis Riboflavin

Published February 23rd, 2015

Lark Street

ALBANY – Democrats are investigating reports of a registered member of the state Republican Party “completely at ease” in the heart of the city’s liberal mecca.

Maynard Winthrop Farnsworth Jr., 24, of Loudonville was observed smiling on Lark Street, between Madison Avenue and Hamilton Street, about 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, sources told The Albany Smudge.

"What's next?” asked one down-town hipster who refused to give his name. “Are they gonna start attending 'spoken word' nights and going to movies at the Spectrum? This is not good."

Farnsworth, the son of paper magnate and GOP heavyweight M. Winthrop Farnsworth Sr., was accompanied by his girlfriend, Mary Lou Wellsbury, 21, who comes from a prominent Delmar family.

A family spokesman told the Smudge the couple had just come from a turkey and potatoes dinner at the tony home of Wellsbury’s parents, investment broker Egbert C. Wellsbury and his wife, the former Sally Anne Noddington.

“They were admiring the strip malls and contemplating the possibility of big-box development of former rural areas along Delaware Avenue and just kept driving,” said Meade Stone, the spokesman for the couple. “The next thing they knew they were on Lark Street in Albany."

Stone said Farnsworth shielded his girlfriend from “lifestyles a woman ought not see” but was genuinely “thrilled” to see a part of the city he had never before visited. Still, Stone acknowledged the younger Farnsworth was relieved to see two Albany police officers on Lark Street when he parked his car, which is adorned with a “Romney-Ryan 2012” sticker.

Boy Anderson, a spokesman for the state Democratic Party, issued a statement saying the party was aware of the Republican’s visit and “will take no action at this time.”

No injuries were reported.


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