posted on February 11, 2011 16:10
With Washington still reeling over the sudden resignation of Chris Lee, the contenders are lining up to replace the second-term Congressman. But two local district state senators have now revealed that they will not be making bids for Lee's former seat.
Early today, Senator Mike Ranzenhofer's office released a statement regarding the Senator's withdrawal of his name from the eventual race.
From Communications Director Daniel Aikin: "Senator Ranzenhofer is honored and proud to serve each and every resident in the 61st State Senate District. Currently, he is focused on working with the Governor and his colleagues in the State Legislature to pass a budget that reduces spending and creates private-sector job development. While he is humbled by the support of many, he is not considering a run for New York’s 26th Congressional District."
Ranzenhofer's district includes all of Genesee County.
Senator George Maziarz expressed similar sentiments in his release late this afternoon.
From Senator George Maziarz: "Last November, I was proud to play a pivotal role in helping Republicans regain the majority in the New York State Senate, not for any political gain but because I believe it re-established a strong voice for Upstate New York within state government. As part of the transition to the majority, I am now the third-ranking member in the Senate and the highest ranking Senator from Western New York ... It is from this post, and the influence that comes with it, that I can have the greatest impact for our community. That is why I have notified Majority Leader Dean Skelos that I am declining to run for a seat in the House of Representatives. As the leader of the Western New York delegation, I am focused on the issues that matter to me, my constituents and the region as a whole. ... While the thought of serving in Congress is certainly appealing, these issues take priority over that. ... It's time to focus on the job at hand."
Meanwhile, at least one very local candidate seems interested in a bid for Washington. Republican State Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia says he would be interested in running.
Also, Assemblywoman Jane Corwin of Clarence has expressed a desire to run. Corwin could apparently fund her own campaign, which always goes a long way in elections.