Ex-Rep. Dan Maffei 'strongly considering' another bid in 2012

Former Rep. Dan Maffei (D-N.Y.), who lost by a razor thin margin to Republican Ann Marie Buerkle last cycle, told supporters in an email that he's "strongly considering" another run in 2012.

"I have been asked many times what my future plans are and if I intend to seek a return to public office. I understand that the closeness of last year's election would naturally lead to these kinds of questions," Maffei wrote. "I want you to know that I am strongly considering running again for Congress in 2012." 

Maffei didn't mention Buerkle by name in the email, but criticized his successor as showing "no willingness to work with anyone but the hard right 'tea party' faction of the Republicans, spurning even the more mainstream Republicans trying to work out budgets with President Obama."  

Maffei lost by less than 700 votes last year after a count of absentee ballots led to legal challenges that dragged the race into late November. 

Buerkle's district is one of just 14 Republican-held congressional districts that voted for both President Obama in 2008 and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) in 2004, giving Democrats hope that it will be a prime pickup opportunity in a presidential year. 

The Republican incumbent will be a top target next year and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has already run radio ads in Buerkle's district. 

How redistricting will impact the race ahead of 2012 is still an unknown. New York must shed two House seats before next year with a majority of the state's population loss coming from upstate.

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