Two Dems pass on Massa seat

Hornell, N.Y., Mayor Shawn Hogan (D) is taking his name out of the running for Rep. Eric Massa's (D-N.Y.) seat.

Hogan made the announcement this morning, prior to Massa's expected resignation at 5 p.m. eastern time.

Hogan said he will honor his commitment to the city he serves.

"I choose not to run, not because I am afraid of the challenge; I still have a great desire to serve," he said. "However, the atmosphere in politics today is toxic, fueled by extremism on both sides of the aisle. Americans deserve and want leadership from our elected officials, not 30-second sound bites and destructive behavior. We need honor and common sense in Washington and Albany."

Corning Mayor Tom Reed is running on the GOP side but could face opposition for the nomination from former Rep. Randy Kuhl and/or Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks.

It's not year clear when the special election will be held. Gov. David Paterson (D) has plenty of lattitude in determining the date.

UPDATE 4:15 p.m.: Another Democrat takes a pass, as Monroe County District Attorney Mike Green joins Hogan on the sidelines.