Top Onondaga County Republican buying Dan Maffei's DeWitt home

Congressman Dan Maffei

A Republican county official who once called a central New York congressman a "chicken" for skipping a televised debate is buying the Democratic lawmaker's suburban Syracuse home.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that the winning purchase offer for Congressman Dan Maffei's home in DeWitt came from Joan O'Donnell Dadey, wife of Onondaga County Republican Committee Chairman Tom Dadey.

Maffei's spokesman says she used only her maiden name and the congressman didn't know she was Dadey's wife.

Tom Dadey campaigned to help Republican Ann Marie Buerkle defeat the incumbent Maffei in the 2010 election.

Before their rematch in 2012, Tom Dadey held a news conference that included a person dressed in a chicken suit holding a sign that said Maffei was "too chicken to debate."