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Governor Chris Collins? Yeah, right.

Chris Collins wants to be governor.

It seemed like a stretch from the get-go.

Seemed like a longer stretch after his Antichrist comment.

Seemed like an even longer stretch after his lap-dance comment.

Now comes the news that Collins has raised only $220,000 for his campaign, according to his disclosure  report filed Friday with the state Board of Elections. Yeah, he's got some $1 million in the bank, but $800,000 of that he lent to his campaign.

Chris collins in front of aud While $220,000 might buy a lot of lap dances, it's not going to go very far in a race for governor. Not when the other likely candidates are raising big bucks.

David Paterson, the beleaguered governor, raised $2.2 million over the past six months and has about $3 million in the bank. Attorney General, and presumptive candidate, Andrew Cuomo has raised $6.8 million over the past six months and has $16.1 million in the bank. 

If there's any consolation, Rick Lazio, the only announced Republican, isn't doing much better than Collins. He's raised $1.1 million and has $637,357 in the bank. But at least he's raised the $1.1 million, as opposed to mostly lending it to himself.

The Albany Times Union has a nifty chart that lays how all the fund-raising compares with past gubernatorial campaigns.

Collins can argue, and I presume he will, that his fund-raising won't kick into gear until he formally announces his candidacy. Under normal circumstances, that would be true. But his mouth has damaged him such that I seriously doubt many big donors are going to be willing to whip out the checkbook.

Here's the count as I see it:

Strike One -- Collins is an unknown from Upstate.

Strike Two -- Collins is a Republican in a decidedly blue state.

Strike Three -- Collins would have a lot less money to campaign with than his Democratic opponent.

Strike Four -- His Antichrist and lap dance comments.

It seems to me, Collins has struck out, and then some, before he even gets to the plate. He's whiffed from the on-deck circle, maybe even the clubhouse.

Meanwhile, there's the matter of the job he was elected to do.

This region isn't exactly in great shape. As county executive, he could and should be leading the charge on any number of fronts. He's in no position to do any of that if he spends the coming year traipsing around the state conducting a dead-on-arrival campaign for governor.

It seems to me that Collins, or at least his constituents, would be better served if he closed his mouth and put his nose to the grindstone doing what he was elected to do. A vanity campaign for governor does us no good, unless you think Collins does less damage out of town than working out of the 16th floor of the Rath Building.


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