Republican Congression candidate Matt Doheny has a bulge in his back pocket.
Today the Alex Bay native and money manager announced he has some $600K in his campaign warchest.
That means he is running, so the MSM can stop already with the fiction of a listening tour. Doheny has been the master at behind the scenes and quiet building of a campaign.
An office is up and running. He has staffers. And earlier this week he Big Footed his two possible opponents by hijacking a visit to Watertown by top NYS Republicans by holding a swanky soire at his Paddock Street home.
The decision to waive his wallet at this time may give opponent Will Barclay pause in his deliberations on whether to run. Meanwhile, Doug Hoffman is not expected to be wowed by the fundraising.
Hoffman should be impressed by the behind the scenes networking by Doheny as that is what will cause a rapid evaporation of Hoffman's current edge in name recognition.
Plus in a primary, those party regulars can be a help.
For now, Doheny surely wants to convince Barclay to stand down. This week's soire and the finance report certainly will catch Barclay's eye at his perch in Pulaski.