With the petition period approaching and no one looking forward to that exercise so early in the year, a "bulwark of inevitability" has arisen around the Congressional campaign of Matt Doheny. (Those are Amaral's words)
It's in reference to the string of County GOP committees and activists who are endorsing Mr. Doheny's bid for the nomination against Kellie Greene, the Sackets Harbor resident vowing a primary challenge.
Surrounding one self with a phalanx of supporters is a technique to discourage your foes and get the media to write about you in terms like, well, "inevitability."
That's why in pressers in the big cities, the pols always have their posse standing behind them, to show the home viewer it's an imposing mob that stands ready to do whatever for their guy.
I won't use the word 'bulwark', but will opt for the more conventional and trite buzzword, "presumptive nominee" to refer to Mr. Doheny.
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