Assemblyman Will Barclay is building some excitement on whether or not he runs for Congress in NY23....
Mr. Barclay tells the WDT he has made up his mind and will share his intentions on Monday.....On the surface, one would think he must be running as why drag it out if you are bailing out.
If he is in, Barclay joins CPA Doug Hoffman and businessman Matt Doheny as candidates for the GOP nomination.
Will Barclay brings to the race experience as a lawmaker and a family name that is respected in political circles. Unfortunately for him this is an outsider year in politics and his ties to Albany will not help.
The Barclay family comes from Pulaski in Oswego County and he has deep roots in that area. His father was a state senator and an ambassador.
In a 2008 Senate race, Barclay lost to Senator Darrel Aubertine in a race in which Barclay's patrician roots were made an issue. The fact he attended prep school prompted Democrat Ted Ford to label him "the Barclay lad."
Barclay is an affable, well-spoken centrist/conservative but would have a tough time fundraising against Hoffman and Doheny who have a big head start. The Assemblyman has been attending party functions around the district.
Guess we will know for sure on Monday.
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