Usually it's the person people in the 23rd CD vote for, but in this year when government healthcare and energy plans like cap and trade are being debated, will North Country voters back away from their flirting with liberal democrats and seek someone more conventional and less big government. Will they vote party ?
That may not be the choice because Diedre Scozzafava is anything but a free market conservative. However, she will be caucusing with the GOP against the Obama-Pelosi agenda and that may be enough to attract voters now getting skittish with the new administration.
Plus for Watertown-area voters, could there be a case of Aubertine fatigue?
He has been in two raucous campaigns in less than two years and now here comes a third which will dwarf the other two.
How much appetite is there for the tractor imagery and "one of us" motif now that Darrel has been soiled by Albany's latest orgy of politics as usual.
Scozzafava is hardly a new face, but she has not had to do too much controversial in Albany and may be able to assume the mantle of the small town, one of us candidate.
How do you get to be the outsider when you have had to stand shoulder to shoulder with Pedro and company. That's the dilemma Aubertine has.
His meteoric career has left him looking very much the politician and not the farmer. Doesn't make him a bad person, but it does become tougher for him to sell the same imagery for a third time in 20 months.
And there is always the seemingly improbable chance that Darrel really is weighing whether he wants to jump into this briar patch, with all the angst and family disruption that goes with it. Could he not be the candidate ?
Now that the Dems say they are putting off their announcement I guess we all have to wait a while longer, while DeDe gets a jump on campaigning, but also gets to twist in the wind all alone for three weeks as opposition research teams pick at her.
I'd like to hang in D.C. for a couple of years. Its a great honor, but I sure wouldn't want to put up with whats on the docket for these two nice people in the next 3 months.