When Democratic Senator Craig Johnson ran the first time, he didn't get the Independence Party line. He won anyway. This time around Johnson picks up the line leaving Babs Donno with the reluctant Conservative line and her Republican line.
Skelos was increasingly becoming a prick about winning back the Senate seat from Johnson. Now with a 5th Tier candidate with more baggage than Lovey Howell, Skelos is gonna have a hard time taking that seat back.
From Newsday's Spincycle "Last year Sen. Craig Johnson (D-Port Washington) faced Nassau Clerk Maureen O'Connell, a Republican opponent with both Conservative and Independence Party endorsements, for what was then an open seat.
His GOP foe this time, Barbara Donno, snared the Conservative line after some push-and-pull.
But Johnson is about to get the Independence endorsement, said Bobby Kumar, the party’s county chair — who added Donno “did well” in screening interviews “but he (Johnson) did better.”