The Republicans chose not to play footsy with the Democrats and selected their candidate yesterday; Dede Scozzafava. And now she awaits the decision from the Democrats who are in the back room making their decision.
The process for the GOP was deemed fair and open by everyone near the selection process including those who participated as candidates. A special election does not allow for a primary, therefore absent a primary this is the most open process possible.
It was a hard fought battle for the decision between Matt Doheny and Dede Scozzafava, taking three rounds of balloting by county committee chairs before a decision was reached.
Matt Doheny came to table serious about the selection and put a lot of time, energy and resources behind his bid, which caught Dede Scozzafava off guard. In the end the known candidate, Scozzafava, prevailed.
Doheny was gracious and a gentleman in the end as well, first by congratulating Dede and then by calling over 200 committee people last evening to thank them for participating in the process. Matt Doheny is a class act and if anyone paid attention to his brief campaign there was something to learn. The Republicans would be well served to embrace Doheny and keep him around.
The benefit of this process for the Republican's proved their bench is deeper than the Democrats, who only drag around on Darrel Aubertine's pant legs begging him to run for the next open seat. The GOP unearthed the likes of Doheny and Josh Lynch who have promising futures.
Congratulations Dede, you have a lot of pressure on you and hard work ahead of you in what will be a hard fought campaign.
Congratulation to the GOP for running a fair process.