A dispute over an improperly printed campaign check that included a phone number at the County Clerks office represents an error for sure, but Democratic reaction to it is an indication they intend to try and make a race of it in the 48th District, where Senator Patty Ritchie is being challenged by Oswego County Legislator Amy Tressider.
Democrats have jumped on the miscue, charging it is a lapse in ethics and judgement. Republicans acknowledged the error and say it has been corrected.
The Tressider campaign was aided last week by a story where the candidate's image was digitally removed from a ribbon cutting photo by someone presumably trying to not offend the Senator. It was a bush league move....but one Ms. Ritchie's office denies any involvement with.
Ms. Tressider is a long shot candidate, but she is a St. Lawrence County native who now holds office in Oswego County, giving her some traction on both ends of the three county district. She is being aided by the wily Middle Class Mike (Michael Flynn), an old style, shrewd pol not afraid to mix it up.
In the end, these kind of free stories provide an opening for Ms. Tressider, but it still comes down to money and organization, both of which Ms. Ritchie has a large lead in.
Then there also is the issue of who voters want in charge of the Senate....Republicans, or Democrats headed by current minority leader John Sampson, who just wrecked a new state owned vehicle in an accident in NYC.
Watertown Daily Times | Ritchie denies ethical lapse