A pair of Republican Congressional candidate Elise M. Stefanik’s large campaign signs mysteriously bit the proverbial dust Friday, leaving Watertown residents to speculate about the physics of wind on objects with large surface areas and to compare the relative capacities for fiendishness among the campaigns of Ms. Stefanik and her primary opponent Matthew A. Doheny.
The results were as inconclusive as the damage was indiscriminate. Driving away from the Washington Street scene of a sign toppling, a Dohney for Congress sign was keeping damp company with the leaves in the gutter of the intersection with Haley Street.
On Arsenal Street, where another of Ms. Stefanik’s signs had fallen earlier in the day, the accompanying Doheny sign was also missing.
Whether the signs were removed by vandals or vengeful competitors is unknown. The Doheny campaign, through spokesman David M. Catalfamo, denied any involvement.
Watertown was the site of the second televised debate between the candidates, which was marked by its more collegial tone despite a high number of negative ads and mailers circulating in the district.
The two candidates will face each other in a June 24 Republican primary.
Ms. Stefanik has been endorsed by the state Conservative Party and Mr. Doheny has been endorsed by the state Independence Party.
Ms. Stefanik will be campaigning in St. Lawrence County Saturday and Mr. Doheny will be in Dolgeville.
Oh, and Matthew J. Funiciello, the Green Party candidate, has a new website and Aaron G. Woolf, the Democratic candidate, is asking his supporters to sign a petition to improve infrastructure within the district.