Over at Pete's on a Friday night there was the usual assortment of politicos...including the Florist, a former Senator and the chairman of the Jefferson County Legislature, Ken Blankenbush.
A rumor swept the room that Blankenbush was to announce this week a challenge to Assemblywoman Diedre Scozzafava. He denied it and I was more than happy to accept the denial.
In fact I had turned off the laptop and eaten dinner and the conversation had turned to other subjects....Then Mr. B...while on his way out the door approached to talk about it topic again...like he wanted my opinion on it and making a point to tell me about the positive feedback he was getting.....
I was stricken by a bout of candor and told him I didn't think he could win.
I know in politics everyone routinely gives you attaboys and its hard to get a true appraisal because no one wants to bruise the exposed ego of a politician.
Maybe he can win..Maybe there is still resentment over Scozzafava's horrific bid for Congress that led to a 5% tally on the GOP line last year.
I just figure folks in the 122nd still like her and view last year as one of those occasional benders where an otherwise likeable person puts a lampshade on their head and for a night is not so likeable.
Time will tell, since a candidacy has to be announced soon. Chairman Blankenbush is a nice guy and works hard at his county gig.
Maybe I don't have enough blind ambition anymore, but doing a good job locally is fine for me.
UPDATE- Today (Sunday) another prominent Republican told me Chairman Blankenbush is running in the 122nd and is announcing this week.