Do last week's cluster of endorsements of Matt Doheny by the Albany good old boys and girls show they are disconnected from the rank and file Republicans who overwhelmingly supported Elise Stephanik instead of Doheny?
The endorsements were announced late, which means Matt was hoping for a last minute push to get him over the top, or that his own polling showed him way behind Elise and he was desperate for support and looking for a life preserver.
Stephanik was endorsed by every county Republican committee in the 21st Congressional District except Jefferson, Matt Doheny's home growing up and today. Can't say I blame Jefferson. They were pulling for one of their own.
Of course, it's no surprise the other county's endorsed Elise, she was the only viable candidate running at the time. Doheny was still in the woodwork because Bill Owens hadn't yet announced his intention to fold his tent.
Then too, you had GOP committees like St. Lawrence who endorsed Stephanik but offered her only lackluster support once Doheny jumped into the race.
But back to the question at hand....
Sens. Joe Griffo and Patti Ritchie both endorsed Matt, as did Assembly members Blankenbush and Duprey. Not sure about Sen. Little.
You also had St. Lawrence County good old boys like former County Treasurer Bob McNeil backing Matt by throwing a fundraiser for him at his home, and St. Lawrence Conservative Party Chair Hank Ford crossing his State committee to support Doheny.
When I say I'm note sure if these endorsements mean a disconnect it's because I never really believed that these people, or most elected officials for that matter, really care much for the feelings of rank and file Republicans or County Committee members.
They get so caught up in the culture of Albany and their own re-election campaigns that their only real concern is for county committee people to circulate their petitions every two or four years when they're up for election.
The next big question is will Stephanik give them a pass for supporting Doheny, or will she give them a pass in hopes they get behind her for the general election?
My advice: don't be too quick to let them off the hook, Elise. You're in the driver's seat now and they'll be looking for your coat tails for their own re-elections come November.
So don't hurry patching things up with them.
At least make 'em sweat a little first....