Oh, the wonderfulness of redistricting.
As candidates for Congress start laying down the foundations for November 2012 elections, they're faced with a pressing dilemma: They don't know where their districts are actually going to be.
Rep. Bill Owens and his likely Republican opponent Matt Doheny aren't taking any chances, traveling to places that aren't now part of the district, but could be after the redistricting process.
Mr. Owens was in Herkimer County at the Remington gun factory in Ilion. The 23rd district isn't (right now) in Herkimer, but it could spread there. (The Remington factory does presumably employ people in the district. The county is bordered by Lewis, St. Lawrence and Hamilton counties, all part of the 23rd.)
In a pretty spectacular photo, Mr. Owens is double-fisting a couple of sniper rifles. (Cue the Dukakis eye-rolls.)
And then we have Mr. Doheny, who, as the non-incumbent, doesn't have the fortune of being able to go somewhere in an official capacity. He was in Onondaga County at a GOP clambake. As Mr. Doheny's Facebook manager (probably Jude Seymour) says: "No piece of Onondaga is in the 23rd Congressional District, but could be after redistricting. That means there's a lot of people to meet!"
Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, of course, was also there. If Mr. Doheny is going to run and his district is part of Onondaga County, he might have to face Rep. Buerkle in a Republican primary. I'm told they had a cordial greeting.
There are some other fantastic grip-and-grins in those albums, so make sure to check them out.
Oh, also, it's 2:41 p.m. as I write this, and Jeff Stabins is in the office. Got to run.