Little won’t seek NY 21 House seat

Sen Betty LittleIn a move that offers more running room to political newcomer Elise Stefanik, Sen. Betty Little today opted out of the North Country’s House race.

Little is the latest A-list Republican to choose not to run for the seat, now occupied by Democratic Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh).

Here’s Little’s statement:

“Having taken some time to think about it, I’ve decided not to seek the Republican nomination for the open Congressional seat and will run for reelection to the New York State Senate as I had planned.  The past few years have been very productive and I’m hopeful for another strong legislative session this year.  Representing the residents of the 45th Senate District continues to be a tremendous honor.”

Published reports suggest that Republicans are searching for a more high-profile GOP candidate, now that Owens is out of the race — hoping to improve their shot at reclaiming the seat.

But Stefanik, who moved to Essex County last year to prepare for the race, remains the biggest name in the Republican ranks to commit.  She’s picked up endorsements from tea party icon Doug Hoffman and former state Sen. Ray Meier.


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3 Comments on “Little won’t seek NY 21 House seat”

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  1. I thought Betty Little would’ve won, since she’s been repeatedly elected in a district that’s almost (but not quite) identical to the CD. But she obviously saw that the GOP politburos and big shots were trying to ram Stefanik through*.

    (*-not a comment on Stefanik, but rather on the vile process)

  2. Mervel says:

    “tea party icon” ahah, I love it!

  3. Two Cents says:

    I would like her to define “very productive”

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