Kelly S. Eustis flirted with putting his name on the ballot for the 23rd Congressional District.
He decided against it, but the 23-year-old conservative political activist is going to remain on the scene, launching "Turn New York Red" through his One Nation PAC.
"TurnNYRed will be a combination of federal and state PACs that will raise and spend funds to influence the elections for congressional, state, and local offices around New York," Mr. Eustis, a Plattsburgh native, told me in an email. "One of our goals is to keep the five freshmen Republican members of Congress that were elected in 2010. TurnNYRed will also target districts that are historically Republican yet are represented by Democrats (usually because of vote splits), which include NY-23 and NY-26."
NY-23 is your House representative, Bill Owens, a Plattsburgh Democrat. (In the November 2012 election, he's running against Alexandria Bay native Matt Doheny, a Republican.)
And Mr. Eustis is already going after Mr. Owens on Twitter.
Mr. Eustis tells me that the group's website will be up soon.
Mr. Owens is taking heat from a few different directions (or a few different groups from one direction: the right). First, it was Crossroads GPS, a conservative group that hit him with an ad along the same lines as the Eustis tweet on the debt ceiling (the Owens response to this is that he has, in fact, voted against hikes to the debt ceiling, and is urging compromise on the matter).
Mr. Doheny must be smiling somewhere: Mr. Eustis went from possible interloper in his second effort at winning the seat to antagonist for his opponent pretty quickly.