A couple of notable departures from the pack came from Chris Smith, who expects Barron to give Jeffries a heart attack, but not a fatal one, and field-operations expert Doug Forand, who sees Espaillat beating Rangel.
Republican state senator Michael Nozzolio played the upstate-downstate card to defend the idea of a 63rd State Senate seat, the creation of which is central to a Republican-backed redistricting scheme that would likely allow them to hang onto their narrow majority in that chamber.
Gary Ackerman said he'll run for re-election no matter what shape his congressional district takes after redistricting. And, for what it's worth, he's suggesting it should extend further into Queens. That's because, according to Ackerman, there's no point in preserving the NY-09 district currently held by a freshman Republican who has no seniority.
The basic argument from Governor Andrew Cuomo and pro-redistricting-reform lawmakers about why New York needs an independent process for redrawing the lines every decade is that legislators, if left to their own devices, will always be self-interested and highly political.
Assemblyman Rory Lancman has declared his intention to challenge Republican Bob Turner for the congressional seat Turner won in September following Anthony Weiner's resignation from Congress. And he believes he can beat Turner no matter what the shape of the district is after redistricting.
Democratic assemblyman Rory Lancman has announced a challenge to freshman Rep. Bob Turner, a Republican elected in September to a district that may be heavily affected by the redistricting process.
According to his latest filings, Rep. Joseph Crowley has $849,296 in his campaign account, far more than the newly elected Republican in the neigborhing district whom he could face after their congressional lines are redrawn.
Republican Rep. Bob Turner, who won his seat in a special election last September, has only $72,600 on hand, according to his latest filing. (Two weeks before election day last year, Turner's campaign was down to just $2,000.)