Since he has become the focal point for the anti-wind crowd, Jefferson County Legislature Chairman Ken Blankenbush may be watching his prospects for a NY Assembly seat fading fast.
As an apparent supporter of the Galloo Island wind project, Blankenbush is in a pickle. Because he alone can deliver the verdict of a deeply divided County Legislature, the Chairman is highly vulnerable should he seek higher office.
Support of a PILOT agreement invites future opponents to ask,...."why did you vote to give away $60 million of the people's money ?".....or "why did you support the seizing of private property for a transmission line that benefits rich investors elsewhere ?".
Shepherding through an unpopular PILOT has no downside to the agencies and bureaucrats who operate away from accountability to voters.....Not so for Mr. Chairman. He has ambitions and this issue could easily change that.
The waters are choppy on the way to Galloo Island for this veteran lawmaker.....and the same may be true for fellow Legislator Barry Ormsby, who openly admits interest in the GOP nomination for State Senate.
Meanwhile the anti wind folks continue with television ads pinning Big Wind to the Chairman of the Legislature.....And don't look for Big Wind to pay for the commercials to refute the claim.