Watertown Republican Matt Doheny, seeking a seat in Congress in an election this November, will have some help from the Republican establishment.
He received an "On the Radar" designation from the National Republican Congressional Campaign's Young Guns program. It's the GOP's main candidate recruitment effort, providing challengers with a seal of approval and fundraising help, according to the Washington Post.
Republican challengers who meet certain campaign benchmarks can go up the ladder. Mr. Doheny's at the second of four rungs — hence, "On the Radar."
Mr. Doheny was one of only 30 Young Guns to lose an election (to Democratic Rep. Bill Owens) in 2010's GOP wave. He lost by 1,995 votes. The Young Guns fielded 92 candidates. The group was an instrumental part of last year's debt ceiling showdown, according to this quite fascinating WaPo article.
We're not sure what these criteria the NRCC lays out for inclusion on the Young Guns list, but the fact that Mr. Doheny's fourth quarter fundraising total ($306,000) bested Mr. Owens's and was 11th of all non-incumbents assumedly made him a shoo-in.
The NRCC does, at times, pick more than one Republican in a district to be selected for the program, so it's conceivable that Sackets Harbor Republican Kellie Greene could make the list when she reaches certain benchmarks, too. And she only kicked off her campaign on Jan. 3, so there isn't that much that can be read into her absence from this list, but in the future it could serve as a clear indication of how the National Republican Congressional Committee views the sink-or-swimmability of her campaign. Barring a last-minute legislative deal or the overturning of a federal judge's decision, New York's primary will be held on June 26.
Randy Altschuler, a Republican in NY-1, is a "contender", one step above being "on the radar." Mark Rosen in NY-18 is also "on the radar."