Friday, September 9, 2016
WWNY: Finley Seen as Populist Outsider
Next Tuesday's GOP primary in the River District is hard to predict as any polling is likely private and known only to the true insiders. TV 7 labels Russ Finley as the outsider....a gregarious, passionate populist pushing a Trumpian blue collar angry man persona. I don't know if that plays with establishment, cloth coat Republicans, especially since Mr. Finley is not viewed as a particularly loyal Republican.
However, his hope is the other vote is split between likely SLC winner Bill Sheridan and possible Jefferson County winner John Byrne. Could you win, by carrying neither county ?
Mr. Sheridan seems the traditional party choice. A career in government, including a stint with a former GOP Member of Assembly and time as county legislator and party chair.
Mr. Byrne is the 2014 standard bearer with the me-too lines in tow who would seem to have the tacit support of state Republicans who see how close he came two years ago to defeating Assemblywoman Addie Russell.
About eight or nine thousand Republicans are expected to vote on Tuesday when the polls open from noon to nine.