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Do you pay attention to political endorsements?
March 22, 2012 - Chris Morris
I've been wading through dozens of political endorsements lately, and the same question keeps popping into my head:
Do voters care?
Does it matter to you that the Clinton County Republican Committee is backing Janet Duprey for Assembly? Is it important to you that the Warren County Conservative Party backs Doug Hoffman?
Or what about Matt Doheny? Does it mean anything to you that he's piled up endorsement after endorsement in his quest to unseat Bill Owens in New York's new 21st Congressional District? On the opposite end of things, is it significant to you that Kellie Greene, the conservative Republican from Sackets Harbor, hasn't been endorsed by a county committee?
What are your thoughts? I truly am curious.
That said, in the coming weeks I want to get away from stories about endorsements and dive into the meatier stuff; I want to delve into the issues that readers and voters care about.
So get in touch with me. If you have a question for any of the candidates in the two Assembly races or the congressional race, let me know. All of the candidates have been accessible and easy to reach, and as long as your question is appropriate, I'll ask away. But don't shy away from tough or controversial questions, either.
I know I'll be asking candidates on the state level about things like pension reform, mandate relief, casino gaming -- the big ticket stuff. But each voter has specific issues that matter to them.
On the national level, I'll ask about energy policy, defense spending, debt and deficit, and spending. Again, let me know if you have some more specific questions.
I'll also field questions for the U.S. Senate candidates, although I can't promise I'll get a response. I'd take questions on the presidential race, but Rick Santorum and Barack Obama haven't been returning my calls.
I don't have a horse in any of these races, so don't worry about me censoring your questions (again, as long as they're appropriate).
Send those questions to email@example.com, or give me a ring at 518-891-2600 ext. 26.
As always, your comments are welcome.
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