In an e-mail to supporters, former Rep. Dan Maffei said he is thinking about running for Congress again in an attempt to reclaim the 25th Congressional District seat he lost in November 2010.
The e-mail is lengthy (I have included the full text of the e-mail below), but this (I believe) is the first time that Maffei has stated publicly he is thinking about running again in 2012. There has been a lot of speculation about whether or not he would.
"I have been asked many times what my future plans are and if I intend to seek a return to public office. I understand that the closeness of last year's electionwould naturally lead to these kinds of questions," Maffei wrote in the e-mail. "I want you to know that I am strongly considering running again for Congress in 2012. Whatever the future may hold, one thing is clear. We cannot give up on our region or in the idea of broad-based moderate representation that takes into account the many diverse groupsin upstate New York."
Maffei also criticized his would-be opponent, Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle.
"So far, my successor has shown no willingness to work with anyone but the hard right "tea party" faction of the Republicans, spurning even the more mainstream Republicans trying to work out budgets with President Obama," Maffei wrote. "These actions have put tens of thousands of Central and Upstate New Yorkers at risk"
With redistricting slated to impact the 2012 elections, it's possible Buerkle could lose her seat, although that's highly unlikely based on the numbers released Thursday.
This isn't the first time Maffei's name has been mentioned this week relating to the 25th Congressional District.
The National Republican Congressional Committee sent a press release this week criticizing Maffei on the anniversary of the health care reform law's passage for his vote in support of the legislation.
"Dan Maffei's former constituents in New York won't soon forget how he marched right alongside the Democrats' spending spree that preceded the record deficit we now face, and his vote for ObamaCare exactly one year ago today is no exception," Paul Lindsay, NRCC communications director, said in a statement. "This makes Maffei's potential comeback attempt doubtful at best, since debt is still being piled onto middle-class families and burdens are still being placed on small businesses throughout New York as a result of the harmful Democrat policies he supported before he was fired."
It's still early (we are approximately 19 months away from the next election), but this seat is clearly a top priority for both parties. This is the second e-mail Republicans have sent out targeting Maffei, and the Democrats have continually criticized Rep. Buerkle for her votes in the House.