Are the Democratic chairs in the 11 county Congressional district recognizing the Great One's fault lines and distancing themselves? As previously stated here; the NY-23 race will be much different then NY-20 when the Great One was still on his honeymoon.
The selection was Bill Owens, who is not a registered Democrat, as a matter of fact he is not registered in any political party is the first sign the Democrats are attempting to mask their candidates in the face of declining public opinion polls. The Democrats will have to issue a Wilson-Pakula out of party authorization in order for Owens to run on their line.
But, don't fear, the process was quite different from the GOP process which allowed all their committee people to be involved, while the Democrats only allowed their 11 county chairs to be involved and be told what to do by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Then again, they were sideswiped when Senator Aubertine abruptly backed out from the race so their selection "process" transformed.
The Plattsburgh non party superhero will have a difficult time getting traction in the Lewis, St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Oswego county areas, which includes the all critical 48th Senate district that is said to be the key to NY-23 holding approximately 50% of the votes.