In politics, the vehicle you drive often becomes the metaphor for your common folks bona fides, so it should be no surprise newly minted Congressional candidate Kellie Green plans to travel the massive NNY district in her pickup truck, which she described to her supporters as "cute."
Surely her primary opponent or her potential November foe would never describe their vehicles that way.
And in the district that long elected moderate John McHugh and more recently, Democrat Bill Owens, Ms. Greene is not mincing words in describing herself not just a conservative, but also a "far right" and "staunch" one.
Assuming she meets ballot access requirements by garnering signatures from GOP voters, Ms Greene will first face Matt Doheny in a June 26 primary. She also indicated a third candidate may still enter the race. That could be Doug Hoffman, who narrowly lost the primary in 2010 and is widely credited with a third party run that prevent NY 23 from being part of the national GOP wave.
Strange things can happen in a primary. I remember some years back a three way Democratic contest in which a woman named Margaret Ravenscroft spent no money and beat two seemingly stronger candidates.
That would be a hard thing to imagine here, as Mr. Doheny has worked very hard over two years to build support among party regulars and he has the resources to mount the campaign needed over eleven counties, hundreds of miles and several media markets.
It will be interesting to see if the primary becomes a race to the right or will Mr. Doheny be content to run a little to the left of Ms. Greene, as has been the tradition of North Country Republicans as long as I can remember.
While her career was in international trade and logistics, I didn't see anything in the coverage to suggest whether she is working now or why she chose Sackets Harbor as a residence rather than her native Oswego. It could be because Sackets is sure to in what district ultimately contains Matt Doheny and Bill Owens.
Her entry makes the race more interesting, but for now it does not change the dynamics as the hurdles she faces are high. Her kickoff looked good but it's a long way from a press conference to winning an eleven county primary.
Watertown Daily Times Kellie Greene launches congressional bid