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It looks like another big show is about to drop in the NY-13 race. The NY Daily News is reporting that Democratic candidate  Domenic Recchia will drop out.

On the Democratic side, a source confirms the rumor that Councilman Domenic Recchia is NOT expected to follow through with his nascent bid for Fossella's seat, despite the fact that he is sitting on some $325,000.

That leaves Brooklyn attorney Stephen Harrison, who ran an unsuccessful challenge to Fossella in 2006, as the lone announced candidate. .

But Democratic leaders want someone from Staten Island to run for the seat, as the bulk of the district is located in the borough. Potential contenders include: Assemlyman Mike Cusick, Councilman Mike McMahon, Sen. Diane Savino (poses a problem for Senate Minority Leader Macolm Smith) and Assemblyman Peter Abbate.

I do not know if he does not feel he can beat someone else, or he is making room for someone else about to enter the race. My bet is that the DCCC landed a recruit. Hopefully we'll know by morning.

Originally posted to RandySF on Mon May 19, 2008 at 11:08 PM PDT.

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  •  Harrison's a good guy (3+ / 0-)
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    brittain33, lipris, JoeW

    However, the demographics of the district seem to dictate that we need a Staten Island candidate to run for this seat. Having someone from Brooklyn probably means we'll lose unless the GOP candidate isn't from Staten Island.

    •  harrison is a good guy (1+ / 0-)
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      i've met him more than a few times and met with him about his campaign as well. i like him. i really do.

      that said, he's a rather hapless candidate. he hasn't demonstrated that he can actually raise money sufficiently to compete and, ya know, he's from brooklyn. when this whole "papa vino" story broke, d-trip didn't even look at him. that sucked for steve, but i have a good idea why they didn't. i mentioned them above.

      this district is a lot harder to crack than it looks on paper and i think it's at least somewhat immune to the coming dem wave in november. that said, i think a dem can win here and rid NYC of its last GOP rep, but that candidate will be from the island if it's going to happen. no doubt in my mind.

      i'd like savino to stay where she is and i expect cusick to probably get the nod to run against GOoPer donovan.

      i'd rate that race as a tossup.

      "after the Rapture, we get all their shit"

      It's time: the albany project.

      by lipris on Tue May 20, 2008 at 12:15:07 AM PDT

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    •  May I just point out... (0+ / 0-)

      Common wisdom also would havs suggested a black candidate had no shot running for President. Common wisdom is only true until it isn't. Not that SI isn't territorial as hell, but I am convinced that if Harrison got some good financial backing he'd be very competitive. There is that "if" of course.

  •  Making room for Savino? (2+ / 0-)
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    brittain33, paul94611

    I hope so.

  •  One thing (0+ / 0-)

    that I hope the party has learned so far this cycle is that although there are many national concerns, all politics is indeed local.
    We need to recruit the very best candidate that truly understands and has standing within the district.  In so doing we will enhance the debate with our party and society at large and in so doing put forth our best efforts in crafting and implementing policy.

    Political engagement at every level is our hallmark.

  •  d-trip (0+ / 0-)

    doesn't like him or harrison. at least they actually spoke to dominic. harrison is essentially dead in the water. they want somebody from the island and my money is on cusick. savino could pull it off and everyone knows whe has ambitions beyond the NY state senate, but that senate seat is awfully valuable this year.

    also, from what i'm hearing backchannel, steve israel, who is recruiting for d-trip, likes and wants cusick. i also hear that cusick is about to pull the trigger...

    i'd say by wed midday at the latest.

    "after the Rapture, we get all their shit"

    It's time: the albany project.

    by lipris on Mon May 19, 2008 at 11:59:32 PM PDT

  •  You may want to update this (1+ / 0-)
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    The Staten Island Advance is reporting that the incumbent, Vito Fossella will not run again for the seat- due to all his problems of late.

    Here is the link:

  •  now this really surprises me..... i heard (0+ / 0-)

    on the local news, this morning, that Fossella is making a BIG announcement a bit later.  I wonder if he is about to resign?

    "THE SURGE IS WORKING" is the 2008 replacement for "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED"

    by KnotIookin on Tue May 20, 2008 at 02:18:54 AM PDT

  •  Harrison's statement (0+ / 0-)

    Here is Harrison's statement on Vino's withdrawal:

    Vito Fossella Opponent Steve Harrison Statement

    "I'm relieved Vito Fossella finally made a decision. I believe he made the obvious one.  I hope he and his family find peace in the near future and I ask Mr. Fossella to represent us well during the remainder of his term.

    I now turn my attention back to the issues facing the people of the district and America, like Iraq, healthcare, energy, the environment and, of course the economy.  Many in the district have suffered foreclosures and lost jobs.  I look forward to debating these issues with the Republican candidate, no matter who that may be.  I have not been running against Vito Fossella.  I have been running for Congress and I will continue to do so."

    For more information visit

    As to Recchia, I reported some time ago a rumor that was kicking around Albany that Recchia was going to drop out. Recchia's people denied it up and down, but the fact was that many real insiders knew he was out the way out. Another rumor suggests that he was going to announce dropping out the day of Vino Fossella's DWI arrest and he deferred that decision to see what happens now. Recchia's backer, Vito Lopez, is hopping mad because many who supported Recchia now want in the action themselves so Recchia and Lopez are suddenly on the outside looking in. Recchia is a vile person, so I am not sorry to see him go. I'd like a clear field for Steve Harrison who is a good friend and a phenomenal person, but I suspect some others will be jumping in this race and I suspect they will be better people than sleazy Recchia.

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