The latest Siena Poll shows Doug Hoffman ahead 41-36, seemingly the beneficiary of Assemblywoman Scozzafava's sudden withdrawal from the race in NY23.
To no one' surprise, Democrat Bill Owens does best in the eastern end of the district where he lives. Mr. Hoffman does best in the central New York section, where no candidate is native and many conservatives live.
The two are about even in Greater Watertown, and that is why we are the final battleground.
The effect of Scozzafava's withdrawal is hard to guage and her behavior clearly is bitter and petulant.
While some consider her action courageous, others view it as unsavory and I do not believe her actions or endorsement accrue to the benefit of Mr. Owens.
I am not in a major party because I find it difficult to toe the line. But if you have been in a career as a partisan legislator and accrued the considerable personal and financial gain that adherence to party gives, it is just plain erratic and wrong to do what happened this weekend.
To seek and accept the nomination of a major party, collect and spend large amounts of money on your behalf....then quit in a pique and endorse the party at odds with the one you are the nominee of.....Way out there if you ask me.
Again, registration doesn't dictate who you vote for....But when you reap the benefits of party politics, don't do a Judas at such a moment.
I suspect both Sean Hennesey and Don Coon would agree.
As for the race, the pundits say advantage Hoffman...I think its still too close to say for sure.