I was reading through the comments on the story on the Aubertine endorsement.
Some ask who local committees are. They are the people who choose to get involved and circulate the paperwork needed to constitute a county committee.
No, they are not necessarily indicative of the 2700 people locally who registered in the party, but I know when candidates have approached any member of the local executive committee they have gotten the courtesy of listening.
Many of these candidates did just that. Others did not even though the nine names are on record at the BOE.
As for MacKay, he is a wheeler dealer at the state level, but he does urge candidates to talk to the local activists.
In the case of McGrath, that was a call by Lewis County activist in chief Joe Baruth, who made the recommendation that was forwarded to the state leadership.
In the Senate race, Chairman John Rice and his committee have long backed Darrel Aubertine and endured the vicious attacks in 2008 for not backing Barclay or Renzi. Their recommendation this year was hardly a surprise or a change.
What was different was MacKay's decision. I do know his adament position in 2008 had to do with supporting a GOP majority, not the individuals involved.
As for sheriff, I have known John Burns for years as well as Councilwoman Roxanne Burns and his son Colin, who works for me part time. I know his dad and was honored to have delivered the eulogy at Mayor Burns funeral.
If someone had bothered to ask me who I support, I would have been straight. No one bothered to ask me or Chairman Rice. If someone had lined up the petitions and gotten five of nine votes on the county committee they could have had the line or forced a primary.
That's the law...that's the system...If you don't like it, change it....
Don't carp anonymously about me or try to get back at me in some sneaky way.
If you are running, its like a job interview....you have to approach the decision makers, look them in the eye, and make your case...If you don't do that, that's not my problem.
Some good folks, like Patty Ritchie did make the honest effort, and in all fairness there could have been a primary, given the support on both sides....But party bosses don't like primaries so we knew one would be chosen. it turns out, this time it was Aubertine.
He is a good choice and a good Senator.