Noted political observer, Watertown mayor and small business owner Jeff Graham is an undecided voter in the Nov. 6 presidential race.
He's debating between Republican Mitt Romney and Libertarian Gary Johnson. President Obama won't get his vote.
Mr. Romney's camp might be wise to discourage a Graham endorsement, which has been something of a political kiss of death since Hizzoner started voting in 1976.
Mr. Graham has never voted for the eventual victor of the presidential race. He voted for Sen. John McCain in 2008; he voted for Ralph Nader twice. In 1976, he voted for President Gerald Ford, who lost to Jimmy Carter.
Mr. Graham, who is busy at the moment watching the New York Jets beat up on the Buffalo Bills, says that if he lived in a swing state like Florida, he could be persuaded not to vote for a third-party candidate. But since Mr. Obama is going to win New York, he can vote his conscience.
Mr. Graham is a former Independence Party functionary, and still a registered member of the group whose platform is, basically, ballot access, according to the mayor.
His political ideology has evolved over the years. 2012 is apparently a low taxes, drug legalization, gay marriage legalization type of year.