I guess the exchange was heated Friday morning in the State Senate debate as Senator Darrel Aubertine took a stab at flushing out opponent Patty Ritchie, but we won't see it for a full week. The taped debate will air next Friday.
Some of my media friends get mad at me for saying it, but thats bizarre. It's not even news by then.
News accounts describe the event as "icy" with Mr. Aubertine trying to pierce the veil of platitudes that is the Ritchie campaign and Ms. Ritchie trying to hold Mr. Aubertine accountable for the Senate coup and the antics of members of his caucus.
This is the first and last televised confrontation between the pair and the damage to the Ritchie campaign is minimal. A week old tape of a debate will attract no audience and its not like it becomes "news" again next Friday.
Most insiders say this is about a six point race in favor of Ms. Ritchie and with two more weeks of brutal ads raking Albany's Democrats, there is not much that will change that.
The Aubertine campaign is hoping the media will somehow point out that the Ritchie campaign is a cipher with no plan for addressing area issues. That's not the media's job, it's the candidate's.
It could be a majority of voters don't want a plan, they want change...Anything other than what has happened the past two years.
Watertown Daily Times State Senate opponents square off in TV debate