Matt Doheny wants 2,000 of his closest friends to know that he could use some help in the next couple of weeks.
Mr. Doheny, a Watertown Republican, sent an appeal to Republican partiers in the 23rd District — all elected officials and members of each county's committee — asking them for assistance, be it passing petitions, putting up yard signs or hosting fundraisers to get him past June 26 and on to a November race against Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh.
"Through your help and support, I delivered more than 10,000 Republican signatures in my first bid for the 23rd Congressional District," Mr. Doheny writes. "I'm writing today to ask for your support again."
Mr. Doheny, who comes into the race with plenty of support from party leaders after his effort in 2010, shouldn't have much trouble getting enough signatures to qualify for a Republican primary ballot. The primary will probably take place on June 26. Petitioning starts March 20.
(You may wonder why Mr. Doheny requests anyone who is a notary public to speak up. That's because signatures need to be witnessed by either a party member or a notary public.)
Kellie Greene, a Sackets Harbor resident who is running an insurgent campaign, has a section of her website devoted to culling volunteers to help her get on the ballot.
Whoever wins the endorsement of the disparate Republican committees around the district will have a much easier time, because they'll be able to enlist the committee members to do the petition grunt work, which will be really, really cold this year.
Mr. Doheny will also hold a fundraiser next week in East Syracuse. Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, a Republican, will be in attendance.
The event is $250 a head, and $1,000 for a sponsor.