After todays HOTLINE call from St. Lawrence County Clerk Patty Ritchie, I can say, based on my experience, that she is running for State Senate next year. However she would not take the bait and say it herself.
Coming off a spate of publicity over stopping the license plate tax, Ms Ritchie called today to amplify her fight against those taxin', spendin' over regulatin' SOB's down in Albany.
Yesterday Ms. Ritchie visited the office she hopes to occupy in 14 months. The visit to Senator Darrel Aubertine's Watertown office got Patty a hug from Aubertine staffer Drew Mangione. After that awkward, yet sincere display of affection, Drew accepted petitions Ritchie gathered in opposition to the plate tax.
Today's interview was by telephone of course, but the clerk from Oswegatchie sounded smoother than her 2002 Assembly bid against Aubertine. She had a conversational tone and drew on facts gleaned from her current post as head of County Clerks across the state.
I still think running against Aubertine is tough, as he now adds experience to his down-to-earth persona.
An Aubertine-Ritchie race would be interesting and from what I heard today, it seems a likely scenario.
Note- Jefferson County Legislator Barry Ormsby of Ellisburg is also being mentioned, setting up a possible GOP primary