The 122nd Assembly race will be very interesting...I waded through a lengthy manifesto put out today by Ken Blankenbush...It's called True North and the text is on Jude's site...Among the points is a proposed suspending of Miranda rights for terror suspects in NY.....Can an Assemblyman do that ?
To be honest it looked like boilerplate from the Republican Assembly Campaign Committee....Nobody has that many talking points.
On the other side, Democrat Brian McGrath is holding an official kickoff on Saturday in Lowville....Headlining his speakers list is labor boss and hubby of the current Assemblyman, Ron McDougall....
Hope there are no Weekly Standard Reporters in Lewis County that day.
Ron's presence is the clearest evidence of what has long been obvious and that is Assemblywoman Scozzafava supports the Democrat.
That's no surprise...Scozzafava is steamed at the GOP over her Congressional race from Hell last year. Remember,she sat in that booth at Jumbo's Diner three days before the election, breaking bread with June O'Neill and Rep. Steve Israel, and then promptly dropped her bid; endorsed Democrat Bill Owens and rode the once mighty GOP line to a meager 5% showing.
She would have run this year, had Blankenbush not and she can still deliver votes especially in Gouverneur. She can also be a key adviser on issues in Albany.
To have been a fly on the wall in Jumbo's....betcha lots of possibilities and opportunities were discussed...All the code words that shrewd pros like June and Israel would use.
There will be some payback in this race and the one time Congressional frontrunner from last year has some scores to settle.
This will be a fun race to watch...Each candidate has his own strengths and vulnerablilities.....And this district has never been seriously contested..It will be this year.