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April 21, 2014

New York Republican Won’t Challenge Dan Maffei | #NY24

New York Republican Wont Challenge Dan Maffei | #NY24

Maffei is a Democrat from New York. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci will not challenge Rep. Dan Maffei, D-N.Y., in the 24th District in 2014.

“After careful consultation with members of my family, friends and political supporters, I have decided to forgo a race for Congress next year,” Antonacci said in a statement Wednesday.

“This is not a decision that I have arrived at lightly, and like many others across the country, I believe we could benefit from new blood and a fresh perspective in Washington D.C.” he added. “This is a winnable seat for Republicans, but I will not be their candidate.”

The Syracuse Post-Standard recently profiled a would-be Antonacci bid and reported that he met with the National Republican Congressional Committee. Another Republican, former Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, announced last month that she would not run against Maffei.

The race is rated Favored Democratic by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • terjeanderson

    Makes one wonder how many other potential Republican recruits in purple districts will look at the political fall out from the Tea Party shutdown and decide that 2014 won’t be their year. And how many potential Democratic recruits will consider the case more seriously as a result.

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