Former Rep. Dan Maffei considers running again

F ormer Democratic Congressman Dan Maffei is considering another run for office.

T he democrat has sent out an email to friends and supporters letting them know he will make a decision soon.

" I believe I was a very good congressman for the region and an increasing number of people have urged me not only to run, but announce soon," Maffei said.

M affei lost his bid for re-election this past November to Republican Ann Marie Buerkle. The race came down to absentee ballots and Maffei lost by fewer than 600 votes.

Saturday afternoon, he spoke with CNY Central's Chris McGrath about that loss to Buerkle -- a loss he said is still fresh in his mind.

"It's very tough," Maffei said. "It's very tough to lose a race like that. It's very tough when you know that it is a bit of a corky election and that the turnout was so low."

M affei was first elected to represent the 25th district in 2008. He first ran in 2006 and lost that race by a narrow margin to Former Congressman Jim Walsh. But Maffei said he has learned a lot from his most recent loss in 2010.

"This has made me politically humble as well, certainly in terms of knowing that just because you work hard doesn't necessarily mean that people will see that," he Maffei said. "You have to get out there and you have do a better job of communicating."

M affei says he's strongly considering running and taking the steps necessary to start a campaign for 2012. Maffei says not only is he getting input but if he decides to run, will do a "sober assessment" of the last campaign and look for ways to improve on that. Right now the 25th district includes all of Onondaga and Wayne counties as well as parts of Cayuga and Monroe counties. New York will be losing two congressional seats as part of the 2010 census so it's not known yet how that will impact the district for the next election cycle.

M affei is currently doing some government relations consulting and is a fellow at Third Way.