Today, my good friend Ted Ford and I disagreed about transparency.
I said the GOP should allow public viewing of these candidate screenings so the total Republican electorate can size them up and relay their feelings to the party poobahs who will choose the nominee for the special election for Congress.
Ted says no way. He says its a party choice and public need not know anything until its their time to vote. Now that's a hard core view....I am going to call him Ezra "Rahm" Ford from now on.
Now the Dem process is easy to understand. Send in your name, and then Rep. Steve Israel will pick Darrel Aubertine.
We got some intel on the GOP meeting in Gouverneur last night. Not from the drive-by media, but from a commenter on Scott's...oops on Political IV.
"As for Dede -- she sounded ANGRY. Angry at Jefferson County Legislators, angry at Lewis County Legislators... "Who was there for you when you wanted to raise sales taxes? It was me! I was!"She also came off sounding entitled to the position, which is a definite turn off. "This is the next step in my public service career," she said. And it also sounded like she was calling in all her chips."
Both frontrunners Scozzafava and Matt Doheny were described as nervous, with one Jefferson County lawmaker saying DeDe "was pretty wound up."
Doheny was described by one attendee as on both sides of the abortion issue.
A young guy from Waddington got high marks as a possible future star.
Cap and Trade legislation was a hot topic. I predicted that.
Apparently each county will authorize their county chair to vote on July 22. Each county has a weighted vote. For instance, Jefferson casts 17% of the total.
St. Lawrence 16%, Oswego 20%.
Pressure will be intense especially on folks whom Scozzafava has dealt with in the past.
Ms. Scozzafava has said she will be visiting the Hotline on Friday. I got a lot of questions....but I won't ask about the LifeSaver in downtown Gouverneur.