The Lonely Conservative is reporting today that Carl Paladino will run, will not run? to replace disgraced Congressman Chris Lee in New York’s 26th district. Then there is information that Republican NY Assemblywoman, Jane Corwin will seek the seat and has the backing of the GOP.
Lee resigned his U.S. House seat yesterday after news broke of a humiliating incident happening at Craig’s List. The speculation is that the Craig’s List “incident” was only the tip of the iceberg for Lee, and perhaps the GOP leadership encouraged a fast departure.
Republican Carl Paladino ran for governor of New York State in 2010, losing to Democrat Andrew Cuomo.
Sam Foster writing at The Lonely Conservative lives in NY-26 so we can count on him for the latest. The latest is that the GOP is supporting Jane Corwin for Lee’s seat, and Captiol Tonight quoted Paladino saying he is done with politics, but…
“He’s having his ear bent very hard, and is strongly considering it,” a source with knowledge of these conversations told me.
Paladino would be a force to be reckoned with in NY-26, considering that he carried 12 counties in the general election – basically every county west of Monroe.
Remember, Lee’s district includes all or some of the following counties: Erie (Paladino won big here; it’s his home base), Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming.
Paladino doesn’t live in NY-26, but rather in NY-27 (that’s Rep. Brian Higgins’ district). But there’s no residency requirement for House candidates. I recall that former Rep. John Sweeney moved into NY-20 – to Speigletown from Cohoes – just before running for the seat vacated by Jerry Solomon.
NY-26 is GOP-dominated in terms of enrollment – 147,732 Democrats to 174,205 Republicans, according to the state Board of Elections. It has long been a GOP-held seat. Lee replaced former Rep. Tom Reynolds, who declined to seek re-election after surviving the Mark Foley congressional page scandal….