Former Rep. Dan Maffei (D-N.Y.) told local press he will run against Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-N.Y.) next year.

He lost to her by fewer than 700 votes last cycle, in a race that dragged on for almost a month after the election as absentee ballots were counted.

Maffei came out swinging against the freshman Republican, criticizing her for voting against the compromise to raise the nation's debt ceiling. He told the Syracuse Post-Standard: "It seems like it has been a long time since we were working on how to get things done — not to shut things down and put the United States literally on the brink of default. It’s an opportunity I have to represent the people of central New York again. We cannot continue to allow someone as radical and extreme as Buerkle to do so. I represent a much more moderate point of view."

Buerkle, who rode into office on the 2010 Republican wave, is a top Democratic target this cycle.

The seat tilts slightly Democratic. President Obama won it with 56 percent in 2008. But the state hasn't completed its redistricting process and it's unclear what the final make-up of the district will be once that is done.

Maffei, who served only one term in Congress, won his 2008 race by double digits. He also ran for the seat in 2006 but lost that year by less than a percent.

He could face a primary.

Syracuse lawyer Brianne Murphy (D) has filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission but told the Post-Standard she will make a final decision on a bid by next month, adding that her decision will not be based on Maffei's plans.

"I am talking to people and getting a lot of feedback. I will make a decision in the next couple of weeks. My decision will be based on my support here in the district," she said.