If I was a reporter, I'd be looking at the minor parties in the 116th AD. We already know the Indy Wilson/Pakula for John Byrne was cut last winter, likely part of the Congress deal. I would be looking for evidence of that in chairman club filings due this month.
Of more interest is the Conservative line where Conservative Party member Russ Finley of Lisbon is running and says he will file this week. Republicans want Mike Long to issue a Wilson/Pakula to Mr. Byrne so they can defeat Mr. Finley in a primary and "unite" the lines, which is a popular GOP mantra upstate.
Conservative Russ FinleyWill Mr. Long do that ? With a party member in the hunt and given what went on earlier this year and the statements made, will Mr. Long want to play the usual games with local Republicans ? Also, there are conservative activists trying to make sure this doesn't happen.
So, check first to see who submits petitions and whether Mike Long has a short memory. My guess is he does not.
Also, there may be a GOP primary for Assembly, and one wants to watch John Humphrey of Brownville to see if he files. The GOP establishment has the lawyers on call to work him over for sure, because not everyone feels a primary is a cathartic event.