We’ve got three cats running in the Republican primary for the NY-1: Randy Altschuler, George Demos, and Chris Cox. Now, if you’ve read this blog you know I’m a fan of primaries…when there are clear ideological differences, like in the Florida Senate primary. A healthy debate aboot who and/or what it means to be a Republican is good for the party.
The thing in the NY-1 though is that all three candidates are ideologically similar, save for the usual “duck season vs. rabbit season” arguments over who is the realer conservative. There’s one big difference among the three of them though. According to a recent report in CQ Politics, Altschuler is one of the Top Ten funded challengers in the country. 435 people running for congress. Randy’s in the Top 10.
(Also in the Top 10 is the NY-23’s Matt Doheny. Doug Hoffman who?)
Normally I say to hell with the money. If you want to run, you should. But then I was reading today that the current Congressman Tim Bishop is apparently so scared, he needs to bring in Bill Clinton (a former President of the United States) to help him raise money for a Congressional seat.
Which begs to question, a what point do we as Republicans coalesce behind one candidate when there’s such a great opportunity for a pick-up, as there growingly seems to be in the NY-1?