Jeremiah Maxon with the Jefferson County Young Republicans tells me that his organization is trying to quickly organize a debate here between Matt Doheny and Kellie Greene, the candidates for the June 26 GOP primary for Congress.
Mr. Maxon says that a location, a moderator and a panel of journalists hasn't been settled, but WWNYTV's John Moore has been invited to moderate. The debate would occur on June 19, so presumably, that would mean in lieu of the Fine debate.
This would meet the Greene campaign's criteria for media coverage in a large locale.
The consensus at last night's Jefferson Tea Party meeting in Watertown was clear: They want the GOP primary candidates to debate, and they don't think Wanakena is the best place to do it.
And yet there's a stalemate between the campaigns of Matt Doheny and Kellie Greene — the former of which is fine with the debate in Fine, and the latter of which has been unable to secure another location and moderator.
Ms. Greene's camp says that she still hasn't received an invitation to the June 19 debate — she's also said that Walter Todd, the debate moderator, left a voice message with some details, but not some important ones, like time and exact location.
At the Jefferson Tea Party meeting last night — which featured both supporters of Mr. Doheny and of Ms. Greene — a heated discussion on the debate ensued, but both Doheny and Greene supporters agreed that the candidates looking to take on Rep. Bill Owens in November should have it out.
Bart Bonner, a Doheny supporter, sparred with Mike Bell, a Greene supporter, about the mechanics of getting a debate together. But even Mr. Bonner said that the debate shouldn't happen in the tiny town of Fine.
But Mr. Bonner chided the Greene campaign for its inability to get a debate together in Watertown.
In a news release last night that included a notation of Fine's population (1,512), Ms. Greene said the following: "My campaign continues to push for a spirited and accessible debate that includes an objective moderator in a location that maximizes media access to all the voters of New York's 21st Congressional District."
But time is short. So they'll have to get something together pretty quickly if there's going to be a debate in a more prominent location, like Watertown, Glens Falls or Plattsburgh.
The Doheny campaign argues that Fine is centrally situated, with access to Lewis, Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Herkimer, Hamilton and Franklin counties.