|MCDONALD and MARCHIONE|
This afternoon, Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione is set to announce her intent to primary Sen. Roy McDonald.
It will be almost as interesting to see who shows up to the event as who doesn’t show up at Hayner’s ice cream shop in Halfmoon.
We all know about the heavily fractured towns in Saratoga County who first lined up against anybody but McDonald so some of them will be there. County Republican Chairman Jasper Nolan is still in McDonald’s corner, though, so I don’t expect to see him.
I also don’t expect to see a lot of Republicans from Rensselaer County either since most are either going to work for McDonald or sit on their hands. But I’m hearing Pat Casale might come out of retirement to throw his support behind Marchione.
Casale was Troy’s mayor, Rensselaer County clerk and a longtime state assemblyman before retiring in 2006. It’s unclear if he’ll show up today since he’s been pretty much silent for a few years but I learned recently there is no love lost between he and McDonald and Casale can evidently hold a grudge. And he's not one to hold his tongue.
On the flip side of things, I heard that former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno called Marchione asking her not to run. Bruno, who wishes he had just rode off into the sunset like Casale but instead had the Federal government crawl up his shorts, is the most powerful politician to come out of the Capital District in a long time but obviously Marchione wasn't listening.
McDonald does have more than $500,000 in the bank to Marchione’s about $6,500 but this one is going to be a battle. It’s surprising that no Democrats have expressed an interest in running in what could be a perfect storm of an election year – a GOP primary where the two candidates bloody each other up and spend a bunch of money doing it, and then a general election with a still popular president at the top of the ticket.
If anyone has heard anything drop me a line at 478-5343 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Labels: Bruno, Casale, Marchione, mcdonald, nolan