Is GOP Senate Primary another 2009 for Republicans ?
Oswego County resident Eric Behling...brother of Jeff. County Legislator Mike Behling....is said to be considering a run for the GOP nomination in the 48th....That would put him in a primary against St. Lawrence County Clerk Patricia Ritchie.
The Valley News reports Behling is pro-life while Ms. Ritchie is said to be pro-choice. That could set up a schism in the GOP with more socially conservative members waging war against a moderate female, pro-choice Republican.
Last year Congressional nominee DeDe Scozzafava was labeled too liberal for the true believers and one wonders whether the same party cleansing may happen in a Ritchie-Behling primary.
My guess is that after Ritchie announces, the party "leaders" will try to tamp down Behling.....but last year that didn't work too well.
Also, how can Mike Long give her the Conservative line ? He will because winning the Senate is more important to him than abortion...at least I think it is.
Democratic Senator Darrel Aubertine lists himself as pro-life.
The Valley News Online