We had no room for this with deadline approaching last night, but I wanted to note a few more politically pointed things that hit the cutting room floor from last night's campaign kickoff with Kellie Greene, a Republican resident of Sackets Harbor.
Ms. Greene wants the Republican nomination to run for Congress in November. A primary between her and Matt Doheny would take place on June 26.
Her campaign raison d'etre is that she's the only principled conservative in the race — essentially calling Mr. Doheny a "moderate." Mr. Doheny's team will reject that charge.
She also is seeking the Conservative nomination, but said she's not interested in running as an independent, so while getting Scozzafavaed is a theoretical possibility, getting Corwined is not.
The ticket can only get split — helping incumbent Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh — in two ways. One of the candidates wins the Republican primary but doesn't get the Conservative nod.
Conservative Chairman Mike Long has said that he's going to listen to his party chairs in deciding whom to give the line to. And Ms. Greene said she was in touch with some of those chairs at a Conservative Party retreat in Albany over the weekend. She gave Mr. Long a call, she said. It was a short conversation. He basically told her, "Talk to the party chairs."
In 2010, Doug Hoffman had the majority of support form the six party committees.
But even in the race for Conservative chairs, she's got an uphill battle. Mr. Long himself has said that an endorsement of Mr. Doheny is "not impossible," a far cry from the answer in 2010, which was, "impossible."
She's also reached out to all of the GOP chairs in the county, and Ed Cox, the state's GOP chair. But if the GOP chairs wouldn't support Doug Hoffman, it's an enormous stretch of the imagination to suppose that they'll support Ms. Greene. (Primary voters are another thing, but they picked Mr. Doheny over Mr. Hoffman last time, too.)
She gave something of an unclear answer about what she'd do to avoid the split of the ticket on the right — what happened in 2010 when Mr. Doheny had the Republican line and Mr. Hoffman had the Conservative line.
But she did say that if she got one line and not the other, she'd continue to actively campaign. That's more than even Mr. Hoffman did. Mr. Hoffman stopped actively campaigning for himself, but didn't begin actively campaigning for Mr. Doheny.
So, what am I hoping you take from this info-splurge? Ms. Greene may have some huge obstacles ahead of her, but she knows where they lie. Just because she's relying on tea party activists doesn't mean she's shunning the establishment.