The selection process for the candidates in the race for the 23rd Congressional seat are mightily different between parties.
The GOP is having a very open process, as open as the process for selecting a candidate in a special election allows. The 11 county GOP committees have decided to hold 4 regional meetings for committee members to meet the candidates and ask questions of them in an open forum. The committee members will then have a say as their county chairperson is asked to cast a vote.
The regional GOP committee meetings as follows - for committee members.
7/7 Southern Area Meeting: Counties of Fulton, Hamilton, 6:00 at Zeiser Restaurant, Speculator
7/9 Western Area Meeting: Counties of Madison, Oswego, and Oneida, 6:30 at Schneibles Restaurant, Verona Beach
7/14 Central Area Meeting: Counties of Lewis, Jefferson, and St Lawrence, 6:00 at VFW, Gouverneur
7/16 Northern Area Meeting: Counties of Clinton, Essex and Franklin, 6:00 at T/Plattsburgh Town Hall, Plattsburgh
Two front runners are emerging in a strong way for the nod; Matt Doheny is putting his money where his mouth is and Dede Scozzafava, who says it is time for her to make a move. Both candidates and the ultimate local party choice should be well served by such as open process.
By contrast, the Democrats appear to be running a smoke filled backroom process of selecting Darrel Aubertine as their candidate. Funny thing that Dan French, who aspired to the seat is no where to be seen and does not appear on anyone's radar, while John Sullivan flops on the dock like a fish. The Democrats will look to three county chairs from Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence county for their punctilious answer, but the real answer is predetermined and the nod to their candidate comes by way of a tap on the shoulder from Washington, DC.
So as the Republicans air their selection process openly, WH political chieftain Rahm Emmanuel has polled the district, is setting up the organization for Aubertine and raising the money for the race so we can be inundated with phony commercials.
The 23rd Congressional race is no different than the Great One meddling in the US Senate seat race, clearing the field for Gillibrand in that case.
Which process do you prefer; a selection by local folks or the White House ramming their candidate choice down your throat?
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