A GOP primary battle in the 23rd Congressional District is looming. Again.
Kellie Greene, originally from Oswego County, moved to Sackets Harbor to vie for the Republican nomination in the 23rd Congressional District. A few weeks ago, she attended a meeting of conservative activists in Watertown. She told me at the time that she was considering her options.
Now, she's official.
"That's all I'm saying right now," Ms. Greene, who moved to Sackets Harbor from Arizona, told me in a voice mail message. "There will be a formal announcement of my candidacy coming in a couple of weeks.”
Before we get ahead of ourselves, I'll note: This does not mean Ms. Greene will be on the ballot. She still has to get the required signatures and go through with it, same with Mr. Doheny, for that matter. But she's gone further than any of the other Republicans — Kelly Eustis and Jeff Stabins, for example — have gone. And there's no way that Sackets and Watertown won't be in the same district, so you don't have to worry about redistricting.
For all intents and purposes, Republican Matt Doheny has been running for the seat dating to his 2010 run (he even considered the possibility in 2009). He's got a lot of friends in the Republican Party. Even the Conservative Party, which had previously declined to give Mr. Doheny their all important line, might give him the nod this year based on two things: Splitting the right will deliver the seat to Democratic Rep. Bill Owens again, and the fact that Mr. Doheny has been busting his hump on the campaign trail.
"Matt works every day to earn the endorsement of the Republican, Conservative and Independence parties and the support of their members," Doheny spokesman Jude Seymour told me in an electronic message.
Mr. Doheny defeated tea party superstar Doug Hoffman in the 2010 GOP primary — but it was too late for Mr. Hoffman to take his name off the ballot, unless he moved out of the state. Mr. Hoffman's milquetoast endorsement of Mr. Doheny — he didn't even mention Mr. Doheny's name — and the fact that he was still on the ballot probably cost Mr. Doheny the election.
Tim Stampfler, a corrections officer from Plattsburgh, also said he's running for the GOP nomination, but he has not yet filed the paperwork.