This week the guy who dropped out of the race for the GOP nod in NY23 proposed a backroom....albeit large backroom.....method for picking the party's nominee.
Assemblyman Will Barclay proposed inviting all the state and county committee members from the 11 county district to a convention....perhaps a picnic along the shores of the Salmon River. He wanted everybody to abide by the results of this conclave and support the chosen candidate without a primary.
Its a great idea if you want a repeat of last year when in a special election, a handful of poobahs chose a candidate, only to find out the folks registered in the party had different ideas. Jefferson County Chair Don Coon rightly threw cold water on the convention proposal, suggesting there is a process proscribed by law....It's called a primary.
The late date of the primary and the issue of the Conservative line are troublesome but can be overcome by a good candidate.
Would the MSM have waited outside the gates of Dougleston Manor for the puff of white smoke ?
I paid an unscheduled visit on Matt Doheny today....I was in the Ag Building to drop off payroll stuff to Doug Hoffman's accounting firm, which I have used since long before Mr. Hoffman was in charge.
Anyway, Mr. Doheny always tells me he is a money manager, which I figured was like a guy in his PJ's doin' a little day trading while watching the soaps out of one eye and CNBC with the other. Matt has an office in the basement of the AG building...which is a really nice building by the way.
I entered the two-room office which had black faux leather furniture and St. Lawrence River charts in the outer room and he invited me into his office. The TV was off but he had three computer monitors side by side which amazed me. He had tickers, spreadsheets, emails and a game of centipede all going at once. We talked for a while and I saw he had lots of issue stuff like books on wind and nuclear power...information about Fort Drum and lots of other policy stuff. He is the most studied of the candidates on many topics, especially economics.
He told me his favorite political books were written by Rudy Giuliani and James Baker III. I told him I liked Theodore White and Hunter Thompson and the generational divide was obvious. We talked about his recent debate that is on Newzjunky and I told him my Mom watched it and said he made too many faces and talked too fast. I don't know if he liked the criticism, but Mom always critiques things I have done, so I assume she had his best interests at heart. I didn't watch the debate as I had read Jude's tick-tock and was content to rely on others to watch it.
By the time I left I still didn't really know what he does for a living, but its a nice office. Seems like there are people in the building who just want to have an office in a prestigious building. I saw one nameplate with D.V.M. after the name, but Matt said nobody ever brings their dog there.
My office is in the basement too....Next to the washer and drawer.
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