Whalen said she still has a lot of support in the Republican Party and that she has always had a good working relationship with Clarey. But after Clarey had questioned whether she had the ability to run such a campaign, she said she would beg to differ.
"We have a good working relationship, but he wasn't really involved at all in the campaign that I ran," Whalen said of her race against Reilly. "Running a campaign in two counties and three towns means I have a great temperament for running. I could go into the race-running business."
She said she even had some people who are democrats come up to her after church that heard she might run and urged her to do so. Whalen also touted her relationship with the conservative party and the independence part. But now that she isn't considering running anymore, Whalen said that she is ready to get behind other candidates in the GOP, as long as she has the time to do so.
Clarey, in an interview with The Spotlight on Monday, May 23, said he would not comment on the matter with Whalen, but said that all the party has lost is a week's worth of time. The GOP currently has inquiries from "potential quality candidates," said Clarey, but added he doesn't want to give names as of yet.
"We will field candidates that are quality candidates that we feel can win," he said, adding that while it is nearly June, he still has time. "The petitions don't go out until the 8th of June and then there are six weeks of signatures. I expect to have a candidate no later than 10 days from now."
When asked if the county Republican Party would support a Whalen run for a seat in the state legislature, Clarey said he is focused on the county elections. With still a year left, he added, there is a possibility that the district lines could be different after redistricting.