Even though I am in the tank for Matt Doheny's campaign for Congress, I certainly want to present a fair assessment of the race here and give candidates their moment in the sun.
There are said to be three candidates for the GOP nomination, but really there are two....Mr. Doheny has three years into campaigning.....his most significant challenger is Kellie Greene, who has a new web ad out and is travelling the district trying to get on the radar.
It all is headed to a June 26 Republican primary in which Mr. Doheny is favored. Under New York's system of "fusion voting" the minor Conservative and Independence Parties are also important and in each party the state chair decides which, if any, out of party candidates are allowed to seek the line.
In-party candidates can run too.
Ms. Greene is showing some of the trappings of a campaign and her web posts show she can needle Mr Doheny on the issue of who is the "true" conservative. My suspicion is he ignores her, as he knows the minor party lines are a lock and the GOP primary is his to lose.
Ms. Greene's latest ploy to Scozzafava her opponent is interesting and clever, but I don't see it working. Doheny has too big a lead on building relationships and a much greater conversancy on fiscal and foreign policy issues than Ms. Scozzafava ever had.
To paraphrase the late Senator Lloyd Bentsen.....I know Dede....Dede is a friend of mine....Matt Doheny is no Dede Scozzafava."
Watertown Daily Times Long says Doheny sealed fate on Conservative line by backing Scozzafava