Earlier today Matt Alexander, the mayor of Wappingers Falls and a Democrat running in a primary to face incumbent Republican Nan Hayworth for a Hudson Valley Congressional seat, sent out an email crowing that he is the lone Democrat standing under the new district lines put out last night by the Assembly and the Senate.
“We’ve known from Day One that Matt Alexander is the only Democrat in this race with the necessary experience and abilities to beat Nan Hayworth. The news today is that he is the only remaining Democratic candidate who lives in the renumbered district, has raised money, and generated endorsements,” said campaign spokesman T.J. Helmstetter. ”It’s time to stop saying ‘when the lines are drawn’ and for Democrats and progressives everywhere to hit the ground running in this campaign.”
But now Rich Becker, a Westchester County legislator and cardiologist who is winning the money race among the Democratic contenders, sent out a statement telling Mr. Alexander to, in essence, slow down and making his own case to be the nominee.
“As soon as we saw the maps at midnight last night, my wife and I began a search for a house in the any of the district’s proposed iterations,” Mr. Becker said in a statement. ”Even though no lines are yet finalized, we are fully prepared to see this through. I am in this campaign to win it despite any attempts by special interests groups or Republican power brokers in Albany to disenfranchise the voters of the Hudson Valley by drawing the strongest Democratic candidate by far out of the district.”
It is permissible to run in a district where one does not reside, but hometown loyalties–and the prospect of rather predictable opposition mailers–often dissuade candidates from actually trying it.
It is also worth noting that these maps are far from final, and Mr. Becker may yet find himself with Nan Hayworth as his Congresswoman.
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