The last twelve months, it’s felt like the conservative Tea Party movement had faded a bit in the North Country, with far more energy being generated by progressive Occupy Wall Street folks.
But as election season approaches, and as we gear up for what looks to be a ferocious NY-23 battle, there are signs that the Tea Party plans to play a big role.
The Glens Falls Post Star is reporting that a new Tea Party chapter is forming in the southern Champlain Valley. Meanwhile, the UNYTEA group in Plattsburgh is gearing up again, as founder Mark Barie bounces back from illness.
One question for conservative groups (including the Conservative Party) is whether they’ll be able to unify behind a single candidate this year.
In 2010, Watertown Republican Matt Doheny came within roughly 2,000 votes of unseating Democrat Bill Owens — even though Conservative Tea Party favorite Doug Hoffman siphoned away roughly 10,000 votes.
This year, at least some Conservatives are lining up behind Doheny, with St. Lawrence County’s Conservative Party committee endorsing him unanimously.
The question for the Occupiers, meanwhile, is whether they’ll play a significant role in this race at all. A lot of progressives from the North Country took part in demonstrations and rallies over the last year. But will they be a significant factor at the ballot box?
As always, your comments welcome.