The state Independence Party questioned the low number of petition signatures for the third-party’s ballot line by Republican Elise Stefanik’s congressional campaign, saying it was a sign she was “not ready for prime time.”

Stefanik, the party’s vice chairman Tom Connolly said, filed 137 signatures of Independence Party members while the law requires 1,222.

The party has previously indicated its preference for Matt Doheny, her Republican primary challenger in the NY-21.

“That is why today we are reiterating our support for Matt Doheny,” Connolly said in the statement. “Matt is North Country through and through, what you see is what you get. He is a straight talking, hard–working family man with a deep knowledge of the issues that confront the 21st CD. When he is elected to Congress there will be no games, no political insiders – just what’s right for the North Country. “

The timing, of course, comes as the state Conservative Party’s executive committee voted Stefanik its preferred candidate over Doheny.

Chairman Mike Long in an interview with The Post-Star indicated that the Conservative Party expects Stefanik to win her primary against Doheny, a comment that the latter’s campaign quickly rebuffed.