Kellie Greene said Wednesday she is “seriously considering” making another run for Congress in the 21st District in 2014.
“I’ve certainly been doing the behind-the-scenes sort of talking to people about what I would need -- and fund raising is one of them,” she said in a telephone interview on Wednesday.
Greene, a tea party activist and business consultant from Sackets Harbor, lost this year’s Republican primary in June to Matt Doheny, who lost the general election to U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh.
Greene said that she plans to begin contacting county Republican chairmen after Thanksgiving to discuss her possible candidacy.
“I want to reach out to the GOP leaders. As I’m sure you are aware, they didn’t really receive me with open arms last time,” she said. “I want to hopefully start fresh and see if I can’t engage them in a conversation. I think that’s the appropriate first step for me.”
Green is one of several possible candidates.
A local Republican source said that Queensbury at-large Supervisor Mark Westcott is considering the 2014 congressional race.
Westcott, a marketing consultant, managed the re-election campaign for U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, in the new 19th Congressional District this year. Before that he was an aide to Gibson, covering Warren, Washington and Essex counties.
Westcott, contacted for comment, said he is focussed right now on seeking the appointment for Queensbury supervisor when Dan Stec, the current supervisor, resigns at the end of the year to take office in the state Assembly.
“Right now I’m a supervisor at-large who is interested in Queensbury town supervisor. I think that (discussing a congressional bid) is very premature,” he said.
He would not confirm he is considering running for Congress, and would not deny it.
“At this stage of the game I really don’t know. I’m literally just trying to regroup after the election with Chris. And I’m focussed on my work with the county and I want to get back focussed on my community work here. ... It’s just too premature.”
Westcott said he is also considering establishing a business next year in collaboration with some local partners.
Doug Hoffman, an accountant from Lake Placid, also has said he is considering a run in 2014.
Essex County Republican Chairman Ron Jackson said Franklin County Legislator Paul Maroun has been been mentioned as a possible candidate.