It will be interesting to see if Democrat Mike Derrick can mount a meaningful challenge in next years first defense of the seat by Rep. Elise Stefanik.
Mr. Derrick has raised money in six figures and has been criss-crossing NY21, lining up party support. Lewis County's committee backed him this week.
As retired Army colonels, Mr. and Mrs Derrick have the means to take the time to run around campaigning for a year. People seldom consider its not just campaign spending that is the cost in something like this. There is tremendous personal opportunity cost and effect on livelihood.
On the positive side, Mr. Derrick is engaging and well versed on military and world geo-political matters. That places him ahead of Aaron Woolf on the substance meter.
Mr. Derrick is relatively unknown and faces the challenge of making the case for changing MOC's when the district just elected one of DCs rising stars in Ms. Stefanik, who continues to impress with her hard work and stands on issues that are in tune with NNY.
As with any of these affairs, a candidate must demonstrate viability before national money and help flows in. There will be sufficient national support on the other side and the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as Speaker only helps Ms. Stefanik.
It's a heavy lift for Mr. Derrick, not because he is a bad guy, but because his opponent is doing a good job and is by any measure an emerging player in the capital.
It will be interesting to see if Ms. Stefanik now gets McHugh-like reverence from the Watertown media who lined up against her last year. Maybe, maybe not, but Mr. Derrick will have a hard time breaking into the consciousness here.
Watertown Daily Times | Derrick gains support from Lewis County Democratic Committee