Tuesday 4/6/10, 6:45pm. --- It took nearly a month for the Democrats to settle on a potential candidate that nobody has ever heard of, so what does that month of work amount to? Not much is the answer.
Matthew Zeller sounds like quite an intriguing candidate, but there are obvious question marks beginning with his age (28) and current residency (not N.Y.) and ending with the fact that he’s going to need to meet a whole lot of people before voters begin to form an opinion of him. That’s up to his and his eventual campaign team – I will be curious to see how this unfolds.
News of the party chairs agreeing on Zeller is what I broke Tuesday, but we must keep in mind that this is simply their collective choice should a Special Election be declared. A top Democratic source in NYS tells me “the chairs had to begin that process in case a special is called.” But that same source (and others I’ve spoken with) has serious doubts about whether there will be a special election.
The Governor’s statement last week hinted at the likelihood that he would not call for a Special; but clearly the door remained open as the statement said “no final decision has been made yet.”
I’m saying now that sources tell me a Special Election is a long shot to say the least.
Moreover, once that becomes official I wouldn’t rule out another Democrat or Republican making efforts to enter the race and primary Zeller or Republican candidate Tom Reed.