Politi has recently renewed his call for the sale of the county-owned Horace Nye Nursing Home - a $4 million annual expense. For his part, Douglas was recently appointed to the executive committee of the New York State Association of Counties. He is chair of the county transportation sub-committee and was highly involved in the rerouting of the county public transportation system following the closure of the Champlain Bridge.
According to Republican St. Armand Supervisor Joyce Morency, the vast majority of GOP support is behind Douglas.
"I think it somewhat boils down to the recent election and Tom's support of Garcia," Morency said.
As of Jan. 1, Republicans will hold a 10 to five edge over Democrats on the 18-member board.
In 2002, Scozzafava unsuccessfully challenged Teresa Sayward for the 113th District state Assembly seat, but did however manage to pull the support of several prominent county Republicans.
Douglas could not be reached for comment.