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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

I'm not wholly surprised...

at the strategic choices the Albany County Republicans have apparently made for fall races.
Albany County Republican Chairman Peter Kermani said he is not fielding any candidates for countywide offices.

"Instead, we're spending our time and money and efforts on the Guilderland and Bethlehem and Hilltowns races," Kermani said.
Republicans are doing worse than ever in county races, and it has begun to be a struggle for them in many of the formerely solid suburban towns. A move like this is perhaps the only allocation of resources that makes sense for the party - if they can't win the towns, they'll never win the county. So any sense that they need to spend money in the towns in order to win them basically rules out chasing the two main county races up this year - county clerk and county sheriff.
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