Chris Gibson looking reallllly likely to run for NY-GOV in 2018.

Either Governor, or Senator.

Republican Rep. Chris Gibson of Kinderhook said Tuesday he’ll leave Congress after his current term expires and explore running for statewide office in 2018.

Gibson said in an interview he wouldn’t be able to effectively represent the 19th Congressional District while running a statewide campaign.

“If I am trying to be a statewide candidate going around 62 counties, I don’t think that in the 11 counties that comprise the district, I would be the kind of congressman they deserve,” he said.

By retiring in 2016 Gibson won’t have to worry about re-election, the NY GOP will have plenty of time to find a replacement candidate, and the Congressman will have effectively two extra years to network.  Heck, it even lets him keep his term limit promise.  As to whether Chris Gibson can win… well. I would say that Governor seems a somewhat easier path for Gibson that Senator, but both are reasonably within reach.  A multi-term Congressman would make for a much stronger candidate than perhaps New York State is used to seeing from the NY GOP lately…

Via @kerpen.

Sean Eldridge (D-CAND) gets Frank Steinherr as a primary challenger in NY-19.

So nice to see an anointed candidate for the Other Side have to suddenly discover that there’s going to be a primary, after all:

Congressional hopeful Sean Eldridge may have to face an unexpected primary challenge from a fellow Democrat in New York’s 19th.

On Monday, Frank Steinherr, an attorney, sent an email to Democratic County Chairs pitching himself as “the right choice” to combat Republican incumbent Chris Gibson. Eldridge “brings big problems,” the young lawyer wrote. “His candidacy has been welcomed by Republicans almost as much as Eldridge’s own supporters!”

Dang.  They’re on to us. Continue reading Sean Eldridge (D-CAND) gets Frank Steinherr as a primary challenger in NY-19.

Sean Eldridge (D CAND, NY-19 PRI) not really showing moral courage on #Syria.

I mean.  Politicians are going to have to pick a side, here.

Sean Eldridge, the soon-to-be Democratic congressional candidate and husband of New Republic owner Chris Hughes, is staying silent on the Syria debate, even as his opponent has stated firm opposition to a military strike.

The Syria debate has put several candidates in a bind ahead of the 2014 elections — none more so than Eldridge. He and Hughes are close friends of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders who support Obama’s proposed strike. Hughes also worked on Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. At the same time, a large majority of Americans — including Eldrige’s would-be constituents in New York’s 19th — oppose the strike.

Given three full days to respond, neither Eldridge nor his spokesperson replied to multiple requests for comment on Eldridge’s Syria position.

As Politico noted: Republican incumbent Chris Gibson is firmly in opposition to a Syria strike. Whether you agree with that position or not – and I’m not judging people on it, either way – it is nonetheless a position.  What Sean Eldridge is apparently trying to do here is run out the clock, in the hope that once the USA commits to do something on Syria it won’t matter what his position was.  Which makes Eldridge quite the… equivocator, doesn’t it? Continue reading Sean Eldridge (D CAND, NY-19 PRI) not really showing moral courage on #Syria.

Democratic Carpetbagging attempt in NY-19?

I really hope that this is representative of the Democratic party’s Congressional battle plan for 2014:

In January, [Sean Eldridge and husband, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes] bought a $2 million modern home here overlooking a reservoir, laying the groundwork for Mr. Eldridge’s campaign for their new local Congressional seat, New York’s 19th.

Word of Mr. Eldridge’s political plans has delighted the friends who make up his social circle: Donors to his exploratory committee include George Soros, the billionaire financier, and Sean Parker, the tech entrepreneur behind Napster and Spotify.

But his ambitions have puzzled some residents among the farmers, mill workers and small-business owners who populate this district, which rises through the Catskills and rolls north through cornfields and apple orchards to the Vermont border.

Continue reading Democratic Carpetbagging attempt in NY-19?