Jefferson County has tallied the results of their committee member’s vote and their choice for the candidate in the 23rd Congressional district race is Dede Scozzafava. This will make it an uphill battle for Matt Doheny to capture the nomination by the eleven county chairs when they are scheduled to meet tomorrow.
The larger picture is becoming a bit clearer with the possible stage being set
for a match up between moderate Republican Dede Scozzafava versus blue dog
Democrat Darrel Aubertine.
Dede will need to prove the GOP message has relevance for what ails people such
as what was once said – it’s the economy stupid. While Aubertine will be left to
defend the policies of the current administration such as; Cap and Trade,
Health Care, stimulus II, etc., which are rapidly moving the country to the
left. He will be forced to take a stand on that movement to the left by the Obama
administration while support for the policies appears to be waning in the
public’s opinion or heaven help Aubertine if he has to defend Nancy Pelosi.
If Dede is the candidate, there will be a lot of pressure on her to stop the
hemorrhaging of the Republican Party, which was most recently on display in the
20th Congressional race. But, the dynamics have changed since that
race when the Obama presidency was in its infancy stage and still very popular
and the Republicans were staggering from the pounding they took in the November
As well, Aubertine is associated with the recent Senate debacle, which has
done nothing to improve any of their standing as legislators able to govern as
illustrated in Monday’s Siena poll and add to that the electorate’s trepidation
toward the big tax and spend government and the 23rd Congressional district race will be a very