In the category of better late than never: Michael Ring, the Adams Center Republican who was seeking the nomination for the 21st Congressional District seat up until the majority of the districts county Republican committees chairpersons anointed Elise M. Stefanik, has reaffirmed his support for Ms. Stefanik despite Matthew Dohenys entry into the race.
Mr. Rings statement defends Ms. Stefanik as being local based on her involvement in her familys business, Premium Plywood Products of Guilderland. Guilderland, for those who dont know, is in Albany County well south of the 21st Congressional District boundary.
Mr. Ring also said that, while he has not met Matt Doheny, he has looked him up on the Internet and discovered his connections to Kodak, Affinity Gaming of Las Vegas and YRC Worldwide.
He ends his re-endorsement of Ms. Stefanik with this (emphasis his): We need someone who understands our district AND understands Washington AND wants to see things fixed AND has energy and the drive to try to make it happen. Elise Stefanik has all of the above. Shes been in Washington, traveled our district MORE than I have, and deserves our support.
The Rothenberg Political Report as of Thursday morning rated the district a toss up, with neither party favored. It is one of only seven House races in the nation that stand with no predicted winner.
Ms. Stefaniks campaign has been busy getting affirmations of prior support. In the latest, a release from Elise Press, her campaign organization, the Saratoga County Republican Committee chairman says Mr. Dohenys entry in the race has no affect on his organization.
The entry of Matt Doheny into the 21st Congressional race does not change the Saratoga County Republican Committees support for Elise Stefanik, Saratoga County Republican Chairman John Herrick was quoted as saying in the release. Elise entered the race expecting to run against a strong incumbent; she sought the nomination through the endorsement process that the 12 County Chairs agreed to. She appeared before the Saratoga County committee, made a great presentation, answered our questions and won our endorsement. I believe Elise Stefanik will win the primary and win the general election.
One country we apparently are not going to hear from on the Doheny decision is former Assemblywoman Dierdre K. Scozzafava, a Gouverneur Republican who sought the north country congressional seat in 2009, when it was the 23rd District.
Ms. Scozzafava, now deputy secretary of state under the Cuomo administration, would only smile and repeatedly say no comment, when asked about Mr. Dohenys entrance into the race.
After she dropped out of the 2009 congressional race, Ms. Scozzafava endorsed Democrat William L. Owens, Plattsburgh. She endorsed him in 2010 as well.
Ms. Scozzafava recently backed out of seeking Democratic support for a bid for the 21st Congressional District seat but did not rule out a future run.
I made my decision at a point in time, she said. Theres a lot I can do as deputy secretary of state.
Not all political news focuses on the 21st CD. There are state Legislature elections in November as well, and the Adirondack Daily Enterprise is reporting that 115th District Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey will seek re-election.
And, the Enterprise reports, the Republican likely will face a challenger from her own side of the aisle.
Mrs. Duprey handily won the 2012 election despite being in a three-way race in a reconfigured Assembly district. She received 53 percent of the vote while facing Democrat Timothy R. Carpenter and Conservative Party candidate Karen M. Bisso, both of Plattsburgh.
The Enterprise reports that Ms. Bisso, a teacher, has shown interest in running again, according to Franklin County Republican Chairman Ray Scollin.
The 115th District covers all of Clinton and Franklin counties and the towns of Brasher, Lawrence, Hopkinton and Piercefield in St. Lawrence County.
The Enterprise reports there are no Democratic Party candidates that have as yet surfaced.
See their story here: http://wdt.me/pvoXvy
Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, D-Theresa, also will face opposition in the 116th Assembly District. How many opponents is still a matter of speculation.
Announced Republican challengers for Mrs. Russells Assembly seat are John S. Humphrey, of Brownville, and John L. Byrne III, a town councilman in Cape Vincent. Also challenging her is farmer and real estate broker Russell J. Finley of Lisbon, a registered Conservative.
There also have been rumblings that Jefferson County Legislator Philip N. Reed Sr. of Alexandria Bay may seek the seat. If he does, his experience on the county Legislature could be a definite advantage in gaining the Republican nomination.