With temps in the mid forties and a 52 coming on Wednesday, January is out like a lamb and everyone is wondering if we will make it through relatively unscathed.
Today is CPAC in Albany as Republicans and Conservatives gather to kiss the ring of Mike Long, and that includes the likely two GOP competitors for Assemblywoman Russell's seat.
Russ Finley and John Byrne.......The battle is over the Wilson Pakula and there's no doubt, establishment GOP interests in Jefferson County prefer the latter in the absence of their preferred candidate, Phil Reed, who has not said if he is interested.
The relationships with Chairman Long suggest a lot of influence by Rep. Elise Stefanik who pulled the C line rug out from under her primary rival in 2014. It was really only a shocker to those who eschewed reality in favor of media accounts.
Meanwhile the Russell reelection bid has been beefed up and an expected funding for a water line in Orleans will defuse what was becoming the issue that Mr. Reed could structure a candidacy around.
The 116th is the only race where there might be a contest as everything else on the ballot this fall is either unopposed or a blowout.
Maybe the one who doesn't get to run against Ms. Russell could be the GOP standard bearer against Chuck Schumer as finding someone to step in front of that train won't be easy.