Democratic Congressional Hopeful Bill Owens of Plattsburgh made the media rounds today with a walk-a-bout of Public Square, kicking off what had been a moribund campaign.
Word from reporters though is Mr. Owens, a retired Air Force Captain and attorney, was very smooth and personable.
All of that makes sense because there must be something that led eleven county chairs to go outside their party for a nominee. Mr Owens is a non-affiliated voter and a former employee of longtime GOP State Senator Ronald Stafford's law firm.
Mr. Owens did not contact the Hotline and did not meet with top Democratic elected officials including Assemblywoman Addie Russell.
Mr. Owens faces a daunting task becoming politically viable in the expansive district. While well known and respected in Plattsburgh, even local Democrats scratch their heads at his selection.
What is yet to be seen is whether the DCCC plays heavy in this race. So far indications are no, but polling will drive those decisions.
Owens will face GOP candidate Diedre Scozzafava and Conservative Doug Hoffman.
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