It appears Dan Maffei is ready for a rematch with Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle in the 25th Congressional District.
Maffei is planning to run for Congress in 2012, according to an email sent shortly after midnight Wednesday morning.
He lost the seat to Ann Marie Buerkle in 2010 after a very tight race. No winner was named on election night, and Buerkle was declared the winner after absentee ballots were counted. Maffei lost by fewer than 700 votes.
When we spoke with Dan Maffei last May , he said it's been tough to watch Congress from afar, but said he's learned a lot since being out of office.
New York State is also losing two seats in Congress , which could make the 25th District look much different.
We placed an early morning call to Rep. Buerkle's spokeswoman for comment on the email but have not yet heard back.
Here is the full email we received from Dan Maffei:
Since January a shock wave of Tea Party driven partisanship and inflexibility has rolled across Congress.
When I lost my election last November by 648 votes, I hoped that such a close result would convince our new Congresswoman to put aside her radical ideology, and set about finding ways to bring people together and create new opportunities for Central New Yorkers. Instead, she has marched in lockstep with her Tea Party friends, and voted time and again with the special interests who spent so many hundreds of thousands of dollars on the attack ads that helped her win.
Rep. Buerkle's actions, now that she is in power, have clearly shown her dangerous priorities. She has already voted to end Medicare as we know it while protecting tax breaks for oil companies and billionaires. She has made her right-wing social agenda her priority while ignoring the real needs in this District for infrastructure funding and public education. And she was part of the extreme group that refused any compromise, and nearly plunged the nation into economic catastrophe.
Over the past 9 months I have done a great deal of listening to friends, neighbors and former constituents across Central New York about what they feel about the direction of the country, and whether I should be a candidate in 2012. The overwhelming refrain has been that it's time for Congress to stop wasting time, and start working together to solve the very real problems that we face.
Sometimes, people are so frustrated that they are tempted to throw up their hands in disgust and walk away. I understand this feeling. But I know that there is a bright future in front of us as long as we don't give up on Central New York, America, or ourselves. Working together, we can do better! That is why I am running for Congress in 2012. Our campaign will offer the people of Central New York a better future than the divisive politics of Ann Marie Buerkle.
People have had enough, and they want and deserve a representative who will offer solutions to modernize our infrastructure, to protect seniors and our middle class, and to get our deficit under control while jump-starting our economy. I have always worked hard to find solutions, and have been successful at doing so both inside and outside of government. The people that know me best know how passionate I am for the future of my home and birthplace, Central New York, and that passion gives me great energy. But I can't change things without your help. I am running for Congress and I ask for your active support.