Before saving New York State, Hugh Carey served 14 years in congress representing part of Brooklyn.
The Democrat and Chronicle yesterday wrote that “Senator Charles E. Schumer was elected to Carey’s Congressional seat after Carey.”
Carey gave up his seat in 1974, when he got elected governor. The person who replaced him was a man named Leo Zeferetti, a conservative Democrat from the Bay Ridge / Bensonhurst area. Schumer, in 1974, was elected to the State Assembly.
As the circus surrounding Anthony Weiner reached a crescendo, even as he continued to insist that he wouldn’t resign, the first name to be floated as a replacement, via The New York Times, was that of former City Councilman Eric Gioia.
“Some New York Democrats have approached former Councilman Eric N. Gioia of Queens about running for Mr. Weiner’s seat, according to two people briefed on the conversations,” the paper wrote. “Mr. Gioia, these people said, is open to the possibility. He declined to comment.”
It’s unclear when the special election for New York’s Ninth Congressional District will take place, but with each passing day, the list of prospective candidates for the vacant seat seems to grow.
There are a few factors to keep in mind when considering who makes sense for the seat, and who doesn’t.