About half-dozen supporters of Kellie Greene are congregating on Public Square in support of her insurgent conservative candidacy against the favorite on today's GOP primary, Matt Doheny.
“If this ends tonight, I'll go home knowing I did the best I could for what I believe,” said Arthur J. Feather, a Pamelia resident wearing a red Greene T-shirt and holding a Greene sign. “The bottom line is, we're ordinary people of modest means doing something we believe in.”
Ms. Greene also showed up, and said she was optimistic about her chances because of her die-hard supporters — the types who were taking their lunch breaks to stand out on Public Square with signs to get out the vote.
"I'm very optimistic and very blessed," said Ms. Greene, a Sackets Harbor resident who has run to the right of Mr. Doheny. "I'll take 10 of these people over 10,000 of somebody else's."
Ms. Greene and Mr. Doheny are looking to take on Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, in November.
Some rally attendees doubted that grassroots, tea party-type support would be as strong for Mr. Doheny in a general election as it has been for Ms. Greene in the primary.
Lee Marshall and James A. Skeldon said they would probably vote for Mr. Doheny if he won the GOP primary and was up against Mr. Owens, but, in the words of James A. Skeldon, “nothing more.”
"I just don't trust him," Mr. Skeldon said.