Doheny Meets With Post-Star Editorial BoardParty regulars...the hacks, and insiders who vote in obscure, end-of-June primaries...they want a winner...That's Mr. Doheny's ace in the hole. He has the resources and personal energy to challenge Mr. Owens. Ms. Greene has the remnants of Hoffman Nation and those who will vote for her either because they want a female candidate or just don't like the frontrunner.
In a low poll primary where only ten to 12 thousand vote (out of 170K registered), all of this could make the race closer than the MSM would predict, but the sheer number of personal contacts by Doheny should put up over the top.
No matter what you think of Ms. Greene's spunky, mad-as-hell conservatism, she cannot win the general.
The Post Star tags Mr. Doheny as the more moderate of the pair and in their view that makes him more viable. Newspaper editors and publishers like moderates, and they don't like Tea Party types railing against the "liberal main stream media."
From reading the editorial, its clear the paper will endorse Mr. Owens in the fall, but for now Mr. Doheny is getting a key boost in the new section of the district where fully one third of registered Republicans live.
As much as we like to think the largest city in the district (Watertown) is the center of the political universe, the district's eastern front is where the action will be.
ENDORSEMENT: Doheny is right pick for GOP