U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei's campaign sent an email Tuesday attempting to raise money off of former U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle's statement that running for Congress again is an option.
"Well that didn't take long," Maffei's campaign email says. "After one of the closest races in the country, Dan's 'former' tea party radical opponent said that another run for Congress was on the table. Our end of the month deadline on Thursday is even more important now that [sic] it ever has been. At this rate we are looking at a long and expensive two years to keep this seat away from the Tea Party."
The email goes on to say that central New Yorkers "can't afford to have Buerkle back in Washington" and encourages supporters to donate to the campaign.
Sunday wasn't the first time Buerkle has said running for Congress again is an option. She told me in an interview last month that another run was something she was considering.
"It's certainly one of the options on the table. Many, many people have approached me about doing that and it's something I have to think about," she said at the time. "I love upstate New York. It is my home and I'm deeply committed to the people who live there. So that certainly will be one of the options I consider."
If Buerkle, R-Onondaga Hill, decides to challenge Maffei, D-DeWitt, it will be the third time the two have faced each other in an election. The first was in 2010, when Buerkle -- the challenger -- defeated then-incumbent Maffei by 648 votes.
Last year, Maffei came back and challenged Buerkle. He won the race by nearly 16,000 votes.