After my post last night about the Democratic dinner, I got some texts saying that Jude Seymour of the WDT had a different take and said that Lowville's Brian McGrath was seriously talking about running at the behest of Boss June (O'Neill). I have suggested Scott Burto would run.
Folks, let me clarify my role...I am not a journalist, Jude is. My blog is called "Mayor Graham's View" and it is simply that....my impressions filtered through the prism of my experience and ideology.
But as long as Jude brings up June O'Neill.....I'd be glad to weigh in...I have known June for many years...In fact I contributed to her ill fated Assembly bid. So I was for June before it was fashionable (in the 80's I was registered as a Dem.)
June is a true believer...a political zealot who believes that the populace is divided by an "aisle." She has done very well in that environment rising to the post as state chair.
June has made it her mission to drive the infidels (Republicans) from the temple (North Country). She has flipped the House, Senate and one Assembly seat as well as seeing her party win numerous local races.
By any measure June is a winner, but now she must see the 122nd as worthy of her suiting up to drive that last stake through the heart of her archrivals.
Winning the seat Democrats drew up as a throwaway would be a gratifying notch on the holster as Democrats hardly need one more seat in the Assembly.
To that end, she may be trying to get a wealthy attorney named McGrath to Big Foot the GOP's Ken Blankenbush.
I might caution June...as bland as Blankenbush is....this time a big downstate push to pile on may generate the opposite result.
But since I am not a journalist, I may be dead wrong.