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Republicans are having a heck of a time finding someone to run for the NY-25 House seat being vacated by the retiring Jim Walsh.

Walsh, who narrowly beat Dan Maffei  in 2006 and later told the Syracuse press that he was "disappointed in the people of Syracuse," announced he was retiring earlier this year.

The GOP was counting on former State Fair Dirctor Peter Cappuccelli to run for the seat, but he unexpexpectedly withdrew this week.

The GOP's back-up candidate, Randy Wolken, president of the Manufacturer's Association of Central New York, has also said he doesn't want to run. His reason? Same one given by Rep Tom Reynolds (NY-26) when he announced his retirement last week--He wants to "spend more time with his family."

Third-string candidates who may (or may not) be interested are former Republican State Senator Nancy Larraine Hoffmann, Assembly Deputy Minority Leader Bob Oaks, and Syracuse City Councilor Ryan McMahon.

Only Hoffmann is very well-known, and as a former Democrat who switched parties in 1998 and then lost her bid for reelection in 2004, she isn't particularly well-liked by Republicans or Democrats.

Dan Maffei has raised over $500,000 for the race.

Walsh laughed and said no when he was asked Wednesday if he might cancel his retirement.

Smart. He can spend more time with his family.

Originally posted to willyr on Thu Mar 27, 2008 at 01:06 PM PDT.

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  •  Republicans are silly nt (3+ / 0-)
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    chiefsjen, cm dem, Stranded Wind

    "Universal suffrage should rest upon universal education." - Rutherford B. Hayes

    by rdxtion on Thu Mar 27, 2008 at 01:08:32 PM PDT

  •  NY State is shoring up to have (3+ / 0-)
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    willyr, chiefsjen, Stranded Wind

    lots of gains in the House.

    They can't find anyone to run in retiring Tom Reynold's spot either.

    And then you have "Shotgun" Randy Kuhl deciding to run again against Eric Massa, who almost beat him last time.

    When you aim for the lowest common denominator, you rarely miss your mark... Remember, it's only a few dollars away from eccentric to insane...

    by wry twinger on Thu Mar 27, 2008 at 01:13:06 PM PDT

    •  Massa, Powers and Maffei (1+ / 0-)
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      Stranded Wind

      Are all on the road to House seats. Turning upstate Blue.

      How someoe who threatened his wife with a shotgun got elected in the first place is beyond me. But hopefully he's on his way out.

      Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

      by willyr on Thu Mar 27, 2008 at 01:17:18 PM PDT

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      •  People were more upset about the fact (1+ / 0-)
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        willyr

        that Kuhl's sealed court records mistakenly got turned over to the opposition and exposed than the fact that he threatened his wife with a shotgun.

        When you aim for the lowest common denominator, you rarely miss your mark... Remember, it's only a few dollars away from eccentric to insane...

        by wry twinger on Thu Mar 27, 2008 at 03:01:32 PM PDT

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  •  Give Dan Maffei some help (1+ / 0-)
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    Stranded Wind

    thru his Act Blue link

    Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

    by willyr on Thu Mar 27, 2008 at 01:25:48 PM PDT

  •  I live in this district (2+ / 0-)
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    willyr, Stranded Wind

    And am highly amused.  Jim Walsh practically had this district handed to him by his father, and guaranteed it for life-- except that he forgot what his job was, and failed to represent his constituents.  While I had often been frustrated by Walsh's inability to do anything besides act as a Bush rubber stamp-- and never once voted for him-- I was particularly infuriated by his lecturing those of us who voted for Maffei.  The nerve of us!  

    I can thank the 50 state strategy for giving us a viable candidate in Dan Maffei and the end of the odious GOP grasp on Congress here in central NY.

    •  I lived there too for many years (0+ / 0-)

      and was continually baffled at how central New Yorkers voted against the economic interests and re-elected Jim and Bill Walsh over and over.

      All the while the upstate economy was decimated, and these guys supported Reagan, Bush and Bush, and the Newt Gingriches and Tom Delays.

      Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

      by willyr on Thu Mar 27, 2008 at 01:52:30 PM PDT

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  •  beautiful - can't even get cannon fodder (1+ / 0-)
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     They can't even line up cannon fodder, and that means more money for Democrats in the truly competitive races.

     I'm liking how this is shaping up ... Obamaslide 2008 is in effect.

  •  Another result of the 50-State Strategy. (1+ / 0-)
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    willyr

    You honestly think the DCCC would have done this for our candidates this early?  heh heh.

    Republicans Suck Like A Hoover

    by BaritoneWoman on Thu Mar 27, 2008 at 01:58:28 PM PDT

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