New York: Maffei-Buerkle Round Three?
Posted at 5:10 p.m. on Jan. 28
Former Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle is considering a comeback. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
In 2010, Republican Ann Marie Buerkle unseated then-freshman Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei. In 2012, Maffei unseated then-freshmen Rep. Buerkle. And on Sunday, Buerkle floated the possibility of a comeback bid, telling a meeting of the Conservative Party that another run for Congress is “on the table,” according to the Empire State political blog Capital Tonight.
The 2010 race was one of the closest in the country. But the newly configured 24th district, drawn by a federal judge, leans Democratic and Maffei unseated Buerkle without much trouble in November. In the district, President Barack Obama beat Mitt Romney by about 16 points.
It would take a unique set of circumstances for Buerkle, an outspoken conservative, to put the district back in play.
Still, in New York politics, stranger things have happened.