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Tuesday, April 27

Yepsen for NYS Senate in the 43rd (or so we hear)

Rumors are swirling around a supposed campaign announcement this week that would pit Saratoga County Supervisor Joanne Dittes Yepsen (D) against Joe Bruno's handpicked successor for the 43rd Senate district Roy McDonald (R).

Today the Saratogian received a call from a mysterious man calling himself "Steve", we'll call him "Mr. E. Steve", saying that Yepsen will host an event at 2 p.m. Thursday at an undisclosed location to make an undisclosed announcement. What it appears Mr. Steve doesn't know is that DSCC officials have already confirmed she will be announcing her campaign this Thursday.

Also today, an anonymous source with knowledge of the race told us, "There is heavy speculation that Joanne Yepsen will run against Roy McDonald." We'll be running news of the announcement when more details are available tomorrow, and I'll see you all "somewhere" Thursday afternoon.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this for real? As a lifelong democrat I sincerely hope this isn't true. There's not even a choice- McDonald has done so much for Saratoga in his career and the best candidate we can field is Yepsen?? She's accomplished nothing as a supervisor over 3 terms. Please bring back Keyrouze, or maybe John Franck would you like to run??

And thanks "steve" for all the great info, I'll make sure to show up to an undisclosed location for the un-announcement. Unbelievable, what a terrible start.

April 28, 2010 at 12:24 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so excited to vote for Roy McDonald to be my Senator in the upcoming election. I mean he eliminated taxes in Wilton as a supervisor... What has Joanne done as saratoga's supervisor? Let me think long and hard...

April 28, 2010 at 1:00 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Supervisor Yepsen's unwillingness to take a stand on the difficult issues: the City's budget, layoffs, a police station, the poor treatment of City employees by Johnson and Sutton, etc. shown her to be an opportunist, not a courageous politician.

She advocates for "open government" but when Johnson takes the City Council into an illegal executive session - as he did to vote on appropriating over $200,000 to pay the DEC fine resulting from hydrocarbon contamination at the City Garage - she is silent. No 'Profiles in Courage' here.

Yes, she is always there for the 'apple pie' issues: "save the Track,' homeless vets, etc., but that's the easy part. The controversial issues she avoids. She did not even support sister candidates in the past but rather played both ends against the middle.

To get us out of the mess the State is in we need not only "new" candidates, but those who have some courage too. Roy is the consummate career pol and has no influence as a freshman member of the minority, but Yepsen offers nothing but self-serving platitudes.

We need to look elsewhere.

April 28, 2010 at 2:12 PM 

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