Let's see...I met some great people including a very smart, talented woman and her strategist who is legendary in politics. Along with friends like Tammy Bramhall and others we tried to give Kristin Davis a hand in getting 50,000 votes in the gubernatorial race and a line on the NY ballot for the next four years.
In the end it didn't work out as Ms. Davis finished with about half the votes needed and 0.6% of the statewide vote...She did get over 700 votes or 2.9% in Jefferson County...a reflection of her effort here.
Rival third party, the Greens (Howie Hawkins) secured ballot status and the Libertarians (Warren Redlich) are at this point a long shot to get the 50,000 threshold. Novelty candidate Jimmy McMillan got about 1.0%. In the end the number of third party votes were split five ways.
Ms. Davis started the race known for her escort business went awry that led to jail time. While she came across well versed in interviews and personal appearances, there was just not enough of that exposure to make the transition from notoriety to a candidate 50,000 people would vote for.
Ms Davis did well with voters she met and was able to relate her issues and intellect to anyone she met in person.....In the end, most never had the chance to meet her as her independent candidacy was not buttressed by boots on the ground. Her strategist Roger Stone helped get her on the ballot, and in the debate but in the end that was not enough.
I talked to Tammy and Kristin a few moments ago. They were mulling it over in a Manhattan restaurant.
My advice was to think about it all and go from there. Not every worthwhile venture works out but I found my involvement in the journey a learning experience and a chance to enjoy time on the trail with some good people.
For sure, any time Kristin visits Watertown she has friends.