Jefferson County Legislature Chairman Ken Blankenbush has confirmed weekend rumors and told the WDT's Jude Seymour he is indeed seeking the Republican nomination for Assembly in the 122nd.
Current Assemblywoman Diedre Scozzafava has not stated her intentions, although it is widely thought she will run.
If she does the race becomes a grudge match pitting grumpy Republicans against DeDe over how she handled her disastrous Congressional race last year, including her withdrawal from the race and endorsement of Democrat Bill Owens.
Mr. Blankenbush represents the Black River area and was deeply involved in the recent PILOT deal with Big Wind.
He is an affable fellow and has been easy to work with from my perspective.
At 62, I cannot fathom why he wants in this briar patch, but to each their own.