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Ex-Congresswoman Won’t Seek Rematch in New York | #NY24
Posted at 9:17 a.m. on Sept. 25, 2013
Former Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-N.Y., announced on Wednesday that she will not seek a rematch with her two-time rival, Rep. Dan Maffei, D-N.Y.
“Serving the people of Upstate New York in Congress has been one of the highest honors of my life,” Buerkle wrote in a morning email to supporters. “While I love Upstate New York and will always remain deeply committed to the people who live here, I have decided that I will not seek election to Congress in 2014.”
Her decision is good news for Democrats, who can now put the 24th District out of play and in their column for the 2014 cycle. In 2010, Buerkle defeated a one-term Maffei in one the cycle’s closest races.
But a federal judge redrew the state’s lines following the decennial redistricting process, making the district more favorable for Democrats. In a 2012 rematch, Maffei defeated Buerkle 49 percent to 43 percent. Meanwhile, President Obama carried the district with 57 percent.
The race would be tough for any Republican, even a former member. But earlier this year, Buerkle indicated her interest in running again for this district.
“Since departing office, I realize that I can be an effective advocate on issues from outside of Congress,” she wrote. “Whether it is through my role as a Commissioner at the Consumer Product Safety Commission or as a politically engaged citizen, rest assured, I will continue to be active in the public arena, working toward ideals that will create a better, stronger America.”