The fracture in the local GOP over the Presidential primary was evident at the Trump rally. Several Republican luminaries were cleared for the pre event VIP photo session with the candidate but only Chairman Scott Gray, Assembly aide Brian Peck, Assembly candidate Run Finley and the Lewis County Sheriff took part.
I saw two time Congressional candidate Matt Doheny there and he certainly should have been afforded a photo op, as should former chair Carolyn Fitzpatrick who was there. A majority of the Jefferson County GOP Committee recently endorsed Ohio Governor John Kasich.
Elected officials not there included Senator Ritchie and Assemblyman Blankenbush. Mayor Joe Butler Jr. did show up towards the end of the speech. County Legislator James Nabywaniec was there. I didn't see any other elected officials, but former Ogdensburg Mayor Bill Nelson was on hand.
There are 14 Republican county legislators. Maybe some of them feared violence would erupt.