Maffei: “I Am Running For Congress in 2012″

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Former Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei announced in a midnight e-mail to supporters that he will seek election to the central New York House seat that he lost by 648 votes in 2010. The seat stretches from Syracuse to eastern Monroe County.

Maffei won the open seat in 2008 after losing to Rep. Jim Walsh, R-Syracuse, two years earlier. He narrowly lost re-election last year to Republican Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle.

Now Maffei, who now works for the Albany-based Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, wants a rematch, saying “Since January a shock wave of Tea Party driven partisanship and inflexibility has rolled across Congress.”

And he knocks Buerkle along the way, saying “When I lost my election last November by 648 votes, I hoped that such a close result would convince our new Congresswoman to put aside her radical ideology, and set about finding ways to bring people together and create new opportunities for Central New Yorkers.  Instead, she has marched in lockstep with her Tea Party friends, and voted time and again with the special interests who spent so many hundreds of thousands of dollars on the attack ads that helped her win.”

He said, “Our campaign will offer the people of Central New York a better future than the divisive politics of Ann Marie Buerkle.”

The National Republican Congressional Committee quickly pounced on Maffei’s announcement.

“After spending the last few months at a lobbying firm, Dan Maffei must have realized that he wants to do more to make Nancy Pelosi Speaker again.  Unfortunately, he’s at a lobbying firm now because voters already rejected him twice and because he helped pass the failed stimulus bill, government-run healthcare and tax increases on small businesses that are hurting our economy,.” said Tory Mazzola, NRCC spokesman.

Maffei’s full announcement is below.

Since January a shock wave of Tea Party driven partisanship and inflexibility has rolled across Congress.  When I lost my election last November by 648 votes, I hoped that such a close result would convince our new Congresswoman to put aside her radical ideology, and set about finding ways to bring people together and create new opportunities for Central New Yorkers.  Instead, she has marched in lockstep with her Tea Party friends, and voted time and again with the special interests who spent so many hundreds of thousands of dollars on the attack ads that helped her win.

Rep. Buerkle’s actions, now that she is in power, have clearly shown her dangerous priorities.  She has already voted to end Medicare as we know it while protecting tax breaks for oil companies and billionaires. She has made her right-wing social agenda her priority while ignoring the real needs in this District for infrastructure funding and public education.  And she was part of the extreme group that refused any compromise, and nearly plunged the nation into economic catastrophe.

Over the past 9 months I have done a great deal of listening to friends, neighbors and former constituents across Central New York about what they feel about the direction of the country, and whether I should be a candidate in 2012.  The overwhelming refrain has been that it’s time for Congress to stop wasting time, and start working together to solve the very real problems that we face.

Sometimes, people are so frustrated that they are tempted to throw up their hands in disgust and walk away.  I understand this feeling.  But I know that there is a bright future in front of us as long as we don’t give up on Central New York, America, or ourselves.  Working together, we can do better!  That is why I am running for Congress in 2012.  Our campaign will offer the people of Central New York a better future than the divisive politics of Ann Marie Buerkle.

People have had enough, and they want and deserve a representative who will offer solutions to modernize our infrastructure, to protect seniors and our middle class, and to get our deficit under control while jump-starting our economy.  I have always worked hard to find solutions, and have been successful at doing so both inside and outside of government.  The people that know me best know how passionate I am for the future of my home and birthplace, Central New York, and that passion gives me great energy.  But I can’t change things without your help.  I am running for Congress and I ask for your active support.

Thank you,

Dan

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  1. How Obvious Does It Get? on

    These “consultants” are nothing more than well – paid, chicanerous mercenaries who are employed solely by special interests to make use of political influence on our elected representatives so that they will do THEIR bidding instead of the people’s. Just about every legislator who leaves office becomes one of these web-making insects who is sent up to Albany with pocketsful of money to “do lunch” and convince old friends in power to manipulate the laws in return for campaign dough and worse.

  2. I am so excited that Dan Maffei is running. AMB has been a thorn in the side of all but the most conservative enclaves of this district. Her town hall meetings consist of nothing more than taking questions from pre-screened audience plants and responding with hackneyed, oft-heard talking points. She has done nothing to represent CNY, choosing instead to further her own Tea Party agenda.

  3. He should run for State Assembly, hook up with Shel Silver, make himself a fortune, and just quietly fade away like all the rest of them.

  4. Dan Maffei did put his job on the line by voting for healthcare, something that was long overdue, and still due for an overhaul!

  5. “‘After spending the last few months at a lobbying firm, Dan Maffei must have realized that he wants to do more to make Nancy Pelosi Speaker again.  Unfortunately, he’s at a lobbying firm now because voters already rejected him twice and because he helped pass the failed stimulus bill, government-run healthcare and tax increases on small businesses that are hurting our economy,.’ said Tory Mazzola, NRCC spokesman.”

    Really, and Grover Norquist, who wants to drown the government in a toilet, whose anti tax pledge I believe Buerkle may have signed, is what? A lobbyist! King of the K Street Wednesday club! Abramoff, of Greenberg, Traurig who fleeced Indian tribes was what? A lobbyist! Take the beam out of your own eye Mazzola!

  6. JOSEPH KIEFFER on

    Dan is like all the Liberals. He hates corporations,does not understand that the 100’s of industrial regulations must be altered,does not feel you should be wealthy by working hard,AND DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THAT THE MORE PROSPEROUS A BUSINESS BECOMES THE EMPLOYEES ALSO BECOME MORE PROSPEROUS. Medicare is being cut $716 Billion by the Dems. Ann marie is not cutting medicare .She is proposing a system that will maintain Medicare for all people 55 or older and the younger group will have a voluntary contributing amount to direct toward their retirement. Al other measures will vrtually end Medicare in 20 years.This should not be difficult to conprehend.We will never have job growth under the Liberals ,Dan, and Barry.Look up and study the Cloward -Piven Prinviple. Read Lebron. You will begin to understan our tyrant Presidents ideals. God Bless you all. Joe