A post mortem letter from Doug Hoffman officially kicks off the season of speculating who the 2014 opponent will be for Rep. Bill Owens, who last week won reelection to a third term.
Mr. Hoffman, who sat out this year, may fancy himself the true conservative who can reclaim the NNY seat.
I have also heard Watertown born political operative Anthony Foti's name tossed about. Mr. Foti ran the Doheny 2010 campaign and has worked in DC for various Members of Congress.
Some speculated that popular Senator Patty Ritchie may step up, but her Senate seat is safe after her 70% reelection and in the larger Congressional playing field her natural advantage in one-on-one campaigning is diluted.
Republicans may feel without President Obama on the ballot their road is easier, but in 2014 Governor Cuomo will be blowing away token GOP opposition in the statewide race and Mr. Owens will be that much more established. Also, it's harder to gain support to run against a man who three times has turned back the GOP's best shot.
My guess is the Congressman gets a pass in 2014, but if there is opposition they better have a couple years of their life and at least three million dollars on hand. That's the price of admission to a competitive race that includes a YNN debate.
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