On Tuesday the GOP holds the first of four regional meetings designed to allow prospective Congressional candidates to meet and greet Republican leaders in the eleven counties making up the 23rd CD.
The meeting in remote Speculator, NY will be the first glimpse at who is and who is not serious about replacing Rep. John McHugh who is expected to be confirmed as Secretary of the Army sometime in mid September.
The potential heavy hitters are businessman Matt Doheny, Assemblywoman Dierdre Scozzafava, and Assemblyman Will Barclay. Others, including regional candidates from the Plattsburgh area may also show.
The four sessions will precede GOP county Committees selecting a nominee.
Democrats also are said to have a process that allows those interested in running to submit notice by mid-July.
State Senator Darrel Aubertine is considered the 800 pound gorilla if he chooses to run.
If Aubertine is elected to Congress, then we can begin the speculation of the special election to fill the 48th Senate District.
If Aubertine runs and loses, there will be a line of candidates looking to run against the crippled candidate in 2010.
Already the operatives and pollsters are trolling the 23rd in what is expected to be a raucus summer and fall on the national stage.