With petition work due to begin tomorrow, I wonder whether there will be a GOP primary as promised between poitical newcomer Kellie Greene of Sackets Harbor and Watertown's Matt Doheny. Mr. Doheny obviously is well organized and funded and has been pursuing an "aura of inevitability" campaign by rolling out endorsements.
Ms. Greene now hints via Facebook at an independent campaign even though she had pledged a Republican primary. The minor party lines are already in the bag for Mr. Doheny.
I was chatting with a very active right-to-life Republican at the Irish Fest who says she likes Ms.Greene's candidacy but knows nothing about her petition efforts. This is someone I would have lined up early to do signatures as she is connected to a network of like minded people.
It made me wonder if Ms Greene is actually going to be able to secure a spot on the June 26 primary ballot.
She is now hinting at an independent run, which has some pretty high hurdles to get on the ballot and without a party line her name would end up at the bottom of the ballot. However her strong right to life stance could still make her nettlesome to Mr. Doheny by offering more conservative voters a choice as did Doug Hoffman in 2010.
If Ms. Greene had done the HOTLINE, I could have politely asked her all these questions, but that never came about.
Amaral's latest tome about her candidacy suggests some real antipathy towards the press, which strikes me as a rookie mistake since the free media is important in this situation.
Watertown Daily Times | Greene may run as an independent, she says