Republicans Undertake an Actual Open Nominating Process for the McHugh Seat

ALBANY—Republicans are determined not to let the special election in the 23rd Congressional District be a repeat of their against-the-odds loss earlier this year in the 20th District, starting with the selection process.
While the Capitol melted, the Republican State Committee detailed a system of four candidate forums in various parts of the district, where any candidate seeking to replace John McHugh, who has accepted Barack Obama’s nomination to be secretary of the Army, can give a 10-minute presentation to the Republican committee members who attend. Eventually, the chairs of the 11 counties will meet and designate a candidate.
This standardized system was pushed for, I’m told, by Franklin County Chairman Jim Ellis.