With a whopping six people viewing the live stream and a small over the air audience on Friday, the GOP Assembly debate on WPBS will sway few even though accounts from the event taped today show a feisty and contentious affair hosted by Jeff Cole.
Bobsledder Russ Finley laid into his opponents charging Bill Sheridan with being a double dipper who will make over $200K a year if he wins. Finley lambasted John Byrne for his $20K+ in fines from the Liquor Authority when he owned an Oneonta bar and Finley said Byrne was caught red handed dumping cheap liquor into expensive bottles.
Mr. Byrne came sporting a Trump tie, although earlier in the year he skipped the Trump rally to attend the Kasich event supported by GOP poobahs and media mandarins.
It was said to be heated at times between Mr. Sheridan and Mr. Finley as an Addie Russell staffer looked on during the taping at the Arsenal Street studio. Mr. Sheridan chided Mr. Finley for refusing to say if we would support the primary winner if other than himself.
The Dems seem to think Mr. Sheridan is now the frontrunner, but this is really a hard race to guess. I had pegged Mr. Byrne the early favorite, but Mr. Finley has been aggressive too.
Next Tuesday we will know for sure, but the media filter on such things will likely not give voters much of the flavor of today's battle royale.