I am glad to see that Mike Arcuri has picked up the pace of his campaign for Congress. If he keeps up this pace for the rest of the summer, and then accelerates in the fall, he just might stand a chance of catching up to Ray Meier.
In one area, however, both candidates need to work a great deal more: Reaching out beyond Utica and Rome. The northeastern corner of the district is home to both Arcuri and Meier, but it does not hold a majority of our district's residents. Let's face it: In Oneida County, voters have probably already settled their opinions about Meier and Arcuri, due to long-term exposure. It's in the rest of the district that opinion is still fluid. Besides, in Utica, the hometown factor is canceled out, with no special advantage there for either.
When I see the candidates spending a lot of time on the NYRI power line issue, all I can think is that most people in most of the district don't care about the issue, and probably haven't even heard about it. That may be hard for political junkies in Oneida County to imagine, but then again, I've foound that many things about the outside world are hard for political junkies in Oneida County to imagine.
Address the NYRI issue, by all means, but there's not much to gain by going back to it over and over again while neglecting other issues that are of concern to the entire district. Practically everyone in Utica is against the NYRI. Okay. We get it.
They're yawning in Auburn, Cortland, and Geneva. So, let's move on.