The town of Fine is a lovely place for a long drive with the windows down on a sunny day, green trees zipping by, the fragrant Adirondack Mountains in the air.
I highly recommend a trip there if you're looking to decompress from a long day at work.
But if you want to see GOP congressional candidates duke it out, don't bother.
Shane Wikfors, a spokesman for Kellie Greene, says that Ms. Greene won't attend, because she never received an official invitation. A debate organizer left a message for her, she said, but key details were missing and subsequent attempts to contact him failed. Matt Doheny, whom Ms. Greene will face in her effort to take on Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, in November, said through a spokesman that they're ready to debate, and chided Ms. Greene's refusal to do so in Fine.
But not all is lost for the many Republican voters (don't listen to what Hizzoner has to say about the whole affairs) who want to see the battle of ideas before the June 26 primary.
Jeremiah Maxon, of the Jefferson County Young Republicans, is hard at work finding a moderator, a panel of journalists and a location for the debate on Saturday. But it seems like the major stumbling block — getting both candidates to agree to the location and date — proved surmountable. Jude Seymour, a spokesman for Mr. Doheny, said only that his candidate stands ready to debate.
Mr. Wikfors, meanwhile, said that they'll probably take part in the Saturday debate.
"Yes, just need the details," he said in an email. "It appears that the criteria for the debate are being met."
It appears that John Moore, the respected Channel 7 reporter, has agreed to moderate the debate. The Watertown Daily Times has also been approached, and it looks like I will be volunteered to serve on the panel. Other media in the 21st Congressional District have also been contacted.
Check back for updates.