The race on the right is getting a bit terse.
Supporters of Kellie Greene and a staffer for Matt Doheny got in a bit of a Facebook tiff last night; Ms. Greene got involved, too. A reader pointed it out to me.
The upshot was this: Mr. Doheny's staffer wants everyone to get along after this is all said and done, and Ms. Greene isn't having any of it.
"I look forward to making you comfortable with Matt for the general election, regardless of your support for someone else in the primary," Jude Seymour, a deputy campaign manager for Mr. Doheny, wrote. "We need all the votes we can get to unseat Bill Owens."
And the response? It's a bit long, but instructive.
"Well, Jude, if there were a conservative republican in the race besides me, I would support them if I didn't win the primary," Ms. Greene wrote. "However, since I will win the primary, this is not really an issue. And second, since I am the only true conservative in this race, in the very unlikely event that I didn't win the primary, it would be kind of hard to support the moderate, which seems to be what you are asking me to do since we all know that Matt is not a conservative. So let me ask you this Jude....if the conservative party is foolish and endorses a moderate, and I win the republican primary, will Matt step aside even though he would still be on the ballot, like Hoffman was? It's a fair question Jude. Because it is a likely scenario....."
Elipses! Questions! Ominous!
The whole conversation is pretty interesting. Chris Nichols, a deputy campaign manager for Ms. Greene, linked to a story that Mr. Seymour wrote when he was a reporter at the Watertown Daily Times in 2010 ("I appreciate that you're a fan of my previous work," Mr. Seymour writes). The story went into the reasons that the Conservative Party wouldn't support Mr. Doheny that year. It could happen this year, as I reported in today's paper.
The best way I could think of to share it in its totality was to put it in a Scribd file, which is below.
Ms. Greene came out with a Web ad.
It doesn't say much, other than a sort of introduction to the candidate and a plea for votes.
"We have a lot of issues facing this country, and I look forward to representing District 23, my home," she says.
That's also attached below.
And the third thing
Ms. Greene, who lived in Arizona for eight years before moving back to the north country, got her start in politics in the western state.
That explains her pledge to support Sheriff Paul Babeau, who is in hot water over allegations that he threatened to deport his Mexican immigrant gay lover if the man went public with the relationship.
Mr. Babeau acknowledged that he is gay. He denied that he threatened to deport the man.
"I will absolutely stand with all of you in loving and supporting him until the end of time," Ms. Greene wrote on a Facebook page. A reader sent me a screen capture of the posting (not the same reader as the last one).
Ms. Greene's first fundraiser was held in Arizona, and it's where her media consultant is stationed.