Sunday, January 31, 2016

January Out Like a Lamb, But Politics is Starting to Roar

    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. 
       
    

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

You keep insisting that Addie is gearing up and ready to fight for her political life. But where is the evidence?

Staff in disarray. Still no legislative record of positive achievement. Two successive filings that show she can't raise money (the latest, including a size able refund to what you would expect would be solid union support. Campaign account that's in debt. Rumblings that the St Lawrence donkeys can't stand her and would be successors like Tim currier chomping at the bit to take her out. No Jefferson County organization to support her. And a top of ticket that likely won't inspire the heavy turnout she's hoping for. All in a district that's still numerically Gop.

On the republican side, Finley's party switch means he won't get a pass on the C line, that he only narrowly clung to last time against a write in opponent. So a unified GOP ticket is more likely than ever.

Put a fork in her Jeff. She's past done.

Anonymous said...

One could only assume Blankenbush will get some funding from the State also.. If he dosnt get it solved that will say a little something about the Republicans

Anonymous said...

I,m glad you clarified what they kissed. Hank Ford from the day I began membership in that party I was told we were to kiss his ass and he would kiss the ass of Long.
Now I,m really confused.. Last election cycle we decided in SLC not to endorse either because it was so close so now I,m wondering what Mare kissed to get Fords personal nod.

Anonymous said...

Jeff, if its true the GOP interests prefer Byrne to run ,that's good news for A Russel!

Anonymous said...

10:51, not good news for AJR...but good news for democrats. They just have to choose which democrat they want.

Anonymous said...

7:26, whatever! All I'm saying is if John Byrne is the choice the voters are given, it's good news for Russel. At least with Russel the voters know what they get. Byrne is like a stem of tall grass waiting for the wind (any wind) to blow it in some direction.

Anonymous said...

You are kidding us right, Byrne or Finley against the Chuck Schmuck, got a rip roaring chuckle out of that one. As we all recall neither have been successful in bumping Addie's rump to the curb.