Since Republican Patty Ritchie toppled incumbent Democrat Darrel Aubertine on election day, it’s been pretty darn quiet in the 48th. Aubertine has been silent since his loss. I’ve played a little phone tag with the Senator-elect, and I’m hoping to get her on the air soon.
To my knowledge, she hasn’t done an interview since the election where she lays out her thoughts on issues of the day, like how the property tax cap could affect schools, or which committee assignments she’s seeking in the Senate. If I’m missing something, let me know.
Watertown Daily Times ace political reporter Jude Seymour has managed to fill in some details for us. Ritchie has hired three people for a staff, including Jefferson County GOP activist Brian Peck as director of operations based in Watertown.
Jude recently asked Governor Paterson what he thought would happen to Aubertine. Here’s his answer:
“I don’t know,” the governor said during an afternoon phone interview from New York City. “I think he’s a very resourceful person who kind of got caught up in understandable backlash that the public has toward any incumbent. But I wouldn’t be surprised to see him back in government. He’s won in places where many thought he would lose many times and I think he’ll be heard from again. He’s a wonderful person and I spoke to him just a couple of weeks ago to wish him well.”
Aubertine’s been linked to Gov.-elect Cuomo’s administration, perhaps via the agriculture department. But that’s just rumor for now.