Next week is the NYS Conservative Party's C-PAC event in Albany and the two likely GOP candidates for the River District will be there to court for the coveted Wilson Pakula. While Russ Finley and John Byrne will likely be in a GOP primary, there will be no Conservative primary as only one W/P will be penned by Chairman Mike Long....Well, of course a registered C could run without that , but if the C line is to be the GOP "me too" line against Addie Russell, it will be Mr. Long's choice.
Other names mentioned like Joe Gilbert and Phil Reed are not so likely and if they don't have Chairman Long's ear, they are not going anywhere.
It will be a more spirited defense by the Democratic incumbent this time as Ms. Russell has opposition dossiers on both men and it won't be a case of holding back like last time.
The bar in Oneonta, the plastics company, the financing of the 2014 bid are all in play as issues, and for Mr. Finley, the Dems need only let the media devour him as the press is pro Byrne.
Despite all the GOP hype about taking out Ms. Russell, this year's field doesn't look like the unified front they need to do it. Somehow that Orleans salt pile might not be enough.
Wish I had time to go to CPAC to see what's up.