Yes, Darrel Aubertine has won elections that have secured his incumbency, primarily by parochial interest over Patty Ritchie in a district specifically drawn for him and then by using class warfare over Barclay, but by only a couple of thousand votes in each case - hardly a mandate!
Yet, he was their best choice and more importantly the only choice for Congress, a fact that is reinforced by their inability to field a second string. Now, by all indications, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will sit out the race.
Meantime, they keep trying to tag Dede as a RINO, even though she could be a poster child for the smaller government, less taxes and spending, more freedom set. People disagree with her views on abortion and gay marriage, OK, that's a subject for rational debate.
We're all making way too much of this "abandoning our roots" thing relative to Dede. On nearly every count, she's as rock-rib conservative as they come; spending, guns, military. But on two hot-button issues, she is divergent in what conservatives believe and the national media spins this as a moment of soul-searching for the GOP, hardly.
If you were in the room in Gouverneur the dichotomy of the Republican party was evident; there were those who played up to the conservative wing and those who explained their diverse beliefs. But the Republican party is not a lot different than their counterparts in the Democratic party who have difficulty dealing with party in fighting, State Senate as an example, and the more conservative wing of blue dogs.
Can you really challenge Dede on her other credentials? She's an accomplished local leader, a woman, she stands up and runs with the big boys in Albany and she could be a strong advocate for the North Country way of life.
Also, what's this about Democrat-leaning? It ignores the fact that Democrats can't even find a candidate with a shot against a "liberal" Republican other than Darrel, what evidence is there that the Republican party is dying up North, aside from the hype created by operatives?