Insiders with the McGrath campaign (and no I am not one of them) are pointing a figure at the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee for the problem that currently bedevils them....The petitions had been either formatted by or at least vetted for form by the party big wigs....They missed an easy land mine that is a frequent grounds for challenge. An appeal is pending.
The problem of low signature count was evident by a scramble to get Indy signatures in the final days. A source tells me one notary went out the final weekend and got 54 signatures while a labor honcho also helped in the last minute scramble.
Such is often the case with these efforts and Indy signers are hard to find, but its clear an earlier start to the effort might be advisable next time.
I am told one campaign not wanting for diligence is that of Patty Ritchie. I hear the candidate is out and about in the most remote places looking for votes. Senator Aubertine needs to don his farmer duds and shed that Albany image and he likely will.
The effort to get a Taxpayer Party line is further evidence since other candidates took a powder on the opportunity.
The Congressional campaigns seem to both be firing on all cylinders. Early on the Doheny effort far eclipsed Doug Hoffman. Now there is a semblence of organization being shown by Hoffman......I heard a radio spot today and in the absence of money for television, the CPA is working on lawn signs. He has already defused the debate issue with a pair of debates slated for early September.
Doheny continues a TV blitz and an amazing regimen of traveling the massive district to visit whomever needs visiting.
As an end game look for Hoffman to try and grab more of the free media and that means a reprise of outrage over Doheny's seamanship.
I can't figure out the 118th. The Russell apathy over petitions at the end was staggering and I haven't heard or seen Mr. Forsythe in this end of the district.
The Sheriff race is fairly quiet although the incumbent has been putting out signs.
It's still the dog days and only people like you are paying much attention but the work done over the summer is what yields results in November.