The Republican who Rep. Eric Massa's (D-N.Y.) defeated in 2008 will consider a bid to replace the retiring New York Democrat.

Former Rep. Randy Kuhl (R-N.Y.) issued a statement today wishing Massa the best in his cancer treatment and suggesting that he may attempt to reclaim his former congressional seat.

Massa defeated Kuhl 51%-49% in 2008.

“Tonight all of the 29th Congressional District will have Eric Massa and his family in their hearts and prayers. His reoccurrence of cancer is devastating and I wish him a full recovery," Kuhl said in a statement.

He added: "I have received numerous calls and emails today regarding my political future and I truly appreciate all of those who believed in me and supported me during my 28 years of public service. I will address any political decisions in the future but right now it is important for Eric to get the treatment that he needs to recover."

Massa announced today that his cancer had returned and he would consequently not seek re-election in 2010. He denied claims that he was retiring because of complaints that he had sexually assaulted a male staffer.