This is interesting:
GOP consultant and former state GOP Executive Director Brendan Quinn, who was involved in the state Republican Party’s efforts to keep U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Az, off New York’s presidential primary ballot in 2000, confirmed he is now working for McCain and setting up his Empire State campaign for the ‘08 election.
Among McCain’s other New York supporters is former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D’Amato, Quinn said.
This is interesting because New York probably has the most baroque ballot-access laws in the country. Some friends of mine make quite a bit of money off this. At CPAC a New York operative, leaning McCain, told me that he expects that only McCain and Rudy Giuliani will be able to get on the ballot across the state.
The New York showdown will be quite interesting. It could have strong upstate-versus-NYC overtones.