From the Front Lines of the War on Trump and Trump Supporters

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This is from the Post-Star Newspaper and is written by Michael Goot. Photo by Kayla Breen, Press-Republican

Michael Goot covers politics, the city of Glens Falls, the town and village of Lake George and other northern Warren County communities. Reach him at 518-742-3320 or mgoot@poststar.com and follow his blog at http://poststar.com/blogs/michael_goot/.

The effort to get Katie Wilson off the Working Families Party ballot in the NY-21 Congressional District race is underway, but it involves a lot of moving pieces — including Ron Kim, who is on the Working Families line challenging Republican Assemblyman Dan Stec but apparently is not running.

Wilson finished third in a three-way primary on June 26 for the Democratic nomination, which was won by Tedra Cobb. However, Wilson had already secured the Working Families Party ballot line for the November congressional election.

People can be removed from the ballot by dying, moving out of the district or being appointed to a judgeship. Another option is to run for a different office.

Ken Warner, upstate region political director for the New York State Working Families Party, said Friday that there is a plan in motion to remove Wilson from the ballot.

“We’re trying to unify after the primary all of the Democrats and the progressives in the North Country in the important race, which is to beat Elise Stefanik,” he said.

“The process is involved and there are a lot of pieces,” he added.

Warner declined to say more about what office Wilson is seeking, or the overall plan, but said there is a press conference tentatively scheduled for Thursday in Plattsburgh.

Wilson lives in Keene. That is also in the 114th Assembly District represented by Queensbury’s Stec, which covers all of Warren and Essex counties.

However, Wilson said in text messages on Monday that she is not running for Assembly.

“I’m not running for anything this cycle. I’m holding out for something else,” she said.

Kim not running

Kim, a lawyer who lives in Queensbury, confirmed in an email Sunday morning that he is not a candidate for the 114th Assembly District seat.

“To assist the Working Family Party and give them a temporary ‘placeholder’ for their line, I agreed to allow my name to be circulated for nominating petition signatures,” he said. “My understanding is that another individual in the district is considering a run for this seat, and given the timing of petitions, the WFP needed a ‘placeholder.’ Since I share their view on a number of issues, I agreed to assist them in this manner.”

Kim dropped out of the NY-21 race in March. He said Monday he is not pursuing any other office.

Warner also confirmed that Mark Schneider, who is on the Working Families line to challenge Sen. Elizabeth Little, R-Queensbury, is also a placeholder.

“Ron and Mark Schneider have graciously agreed to help us accomplish this,” Warner said.

Former NY-21 Democratic candidate Emily Martz is on the Democratic line to run against Sen. Elizabeth Little, R-Queensbury, in the 45th Senate District. Perhaps Martz is going to pick up the Working Families Party line as well?

Changing their tune

Warren County Democratic Committee Chairwoman Lynne Boecher said last week that Democrat leaders approached the large field of NY-21 Democratic candidates early in the year to gauge their future plans.

“We did attempt to get them talking back in January and February to consider running for state office. At the time, all said absolutely not. They were all running for the 21st (Congressional District),” she said.

Nobody else had stepped forward ahead of time, according to Boecher.

“I just think a lot of people don’t want to enter the political arena,” she said.

Secret video

The big news that came out of the NY-21 race last week was the release of a secretly recorded video in which Cobb is relaying a conversation she had with a prospective voter who asked her whether she supported an assault weapons ban.

Cobb said she did but she could not publicly take that position and get elected in the district.

National Republicans and the Stefanik campaign seized on the issue, saying that Cobb is lying and violating a Post-Star pledge on that matter. In a statement, Cobb defended that she was having a candid moment talking with students about the inability to pass any common-sense gun solutions — including implementing universal background checks and prohibiting the mentally ill from getting a firearm — without politics getting in the way.

A teenager who attended a Teens for Tedra private event recorded the video and posted it to YouTube. He identified himself as Grayson and said his cellphone was dead. The media has not been able to track him down.

It’s amazing how the ubiquity of cellphones have changed political campaigns. Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, was caught on video at a private fundraising event saying 47 percent of the public would never vote for him because they “believe they are victims” and would vote for President Barack Obama because they depend on government support.

The video was secretly recorded at a private fundraiser in Florida and posted to a website. It was used successfully by the Obama campaign to portray Romney as elitist and out of touch.

The name’s the same

If Kim was mounting a campaign and been elected, he would have been the second Ron Kim in the Assembly. Assemblyman Ron Kim was elected in 2012 to the 40th Assembly District in Queens.