The de facto head of the Conservative Party in Fulton County has endorsed Kellie Greene for Congress.
Ms. Greene, a Republican of Sackets Harbor, is facing an uphill battle to win the GOP and Conservative nods to take on Democratic Rep. Bill Owens in November.
Until the endorsement of Wayne L. Brooks, Watertown Republican Matt Doheny had run the table on endorsements. That includes the endorsement of state Conservative Party chair Mike Long, who said that he didn't see anything standing in the way of an endorsement of Mr. Doheny.
With that fact in mind, I asked Mr. Brooks what his goal was in endorsing Ms. Greene.
"I’m not hoping to get anything out of it," Mr. Brooks said. "I have ideological principles consistent with the Conservative Party that I’m going to stick to."
Asked to elaborate, Mr. Brooks didn't trash Mr. Doheny, instead opting to praise Ms. Greene.
"She has a good conservative foundation," he said. "A conservative foundation in religion."
He said that the Doheny campaign didn't reach out to him, which is likely. The Conservative Party doesn't actually have a constituted committee in Fulton County, but Mr. Brooks has been its de facto head for 16 years, he said.
So he generally sends requests for endorsements on local races to the state party, which can accept or reject them.
Mr. Long has said that he will take into account the opinions of all Conservative Party leaders, not just the heads of constituted parties.
But even with that in mind, Mr. Doheny has a large lead. Conservative committees in Warren, Franklin and St. Lawrence counties have endorsed Mr. Doheny for Congress.