That didn't last long....Former Lewis County GOP Chair Patrick Mahar now says he is not running against Ken Blankenbush for the party nomination for Assembly in the 122nd. He cited family issues, but it seems to me those same issues existed a week ago. More likely is what seemed like a good idea a week ago suddenly seems like a waste of time.
Blankenbush has the nomination locked due to a head start and support of what's left of the party machine.
Also the pending candidacy of Lowville native Brian McGrath makes the race far more of a challenge. This was a district long assumed to be a throwaway for Dems, but the Party of Yes apparently has a competant candidate with the cash to compete.
The seat is now held by Diedre Scozzafava, the Republican who watched her party faithful abandon her Congressional run last year.
Don't look for her to give a hoot about helping Blankenbush, and a well marketed McGrath could win.
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