Dems tap Hochul for NY special election

New York Democrats officially announced Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul would be their nominee in the special election for New York's 26th district House seat.

The announcement came after Hochul, who has already filed a statement of organization with the Federal Election Commission, and the other candidates had their final interviews with the seven district county chairmen on Saturday in Geneseo. 

“I am running for Congress because I can do in Washington what I've done in Erie County — cut waste, hold down taxes and help Western New York businesses create jobs for working families," Hochul said in a statement. "I am looking forward to meeting residents throughout the district, and sharing my plan to get people back to work and get our economy back on track."

Hochul's nomination drew immediate fire from her Republican rival's camp.

"It's good to see that Kathy Hochul was able to find the Democrat Chair meeting in Geneseo, considering she doesn't even live in the 26th district," a spokesman for GOP nominee Jane Corwin said in a statement. "A career politician who has routinely voted to raise taxes and fees is just what Nancy Pelosi and Washington Democrats want, but it's exactly what Western New Yorkers are sick of."

Hochul will be Corwin's main rival in the special for former Republican Rep. Chris Lee's seat. Businessman Jack Davis and Iraq war veteran Davis Bellavia are also vying to be on the May 24 ballot.