In light of the predicament in which freshman GOP Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle finds herself at the moment – apparently doomed by both her own party and the Democrats to seeking re-election in a newly-drawn NY-25 that is, in her eyes, tailor-made for a “liberal Democrat” – her home county GOP chairman has some advice:
Run in the district next door.
Specifically, Onondaga County GOP Chairman Tom Dadey is suggesting that Buerkle challenge Democratic Rep. Bill Owens in NY-23, which, in its current, pre-redistricting incarnation, has 120,993 Democrats and 163,662 Republicans.
(The Assembly Democrats’ plan eliminates Essex, Hamiliton, Warren and Herkimer counties from the district, and adds parts of Oneida County – most notably, the cities of Rome and Utica, making it considerably more Democratic; the GOP plan changes the district’s outlines, but maintains the GOP edge).
There is no residency requirement for members of Congress, other than the fact that they must “inhabit” the state that they represent.
I spoke with Dadey shortly before CapTon went on the air at 8 p.m. last night. He said he hadn’t yet bounced this idea off Buerkle, but planned to talk to her as soon as possible – probably this weekend.
The chairman acknowledged that his idea poses some problems, like, for example, the fact that there are already two Republicans fighting to challenge Owens in the general election: Matt Doheny and Kelli Greene.
Doheny, who ran an unsuccessful campaign against Owens in 2010, is the GOP and Conservative favorite this year, but Greene is running from his right, saying he’s not conservative enough. She probably wouldn’t get much traction with that argument against Buerkle, who, by her own definition, is the most conservative member of the NY congressional delegation.