Eric Massa to Resign

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Eric Massa According to The Corning Leader:

Embattled U.S. Rep. Eric Massa declared Friday afternoon that he will resign from office effective at 5 p.m. Monday.

It was the second startling announcement from the freshman congressman in a week following Wednes-day’s bombshell that he would not seek a second term.

Eric Massa represents the NY-29 district.  According to the Cook Political Report it is the 127th most Republican district with a PVI rating of R+5.    It was previously held by Republican Randy Kuhl from 2005 to 2009.  Kuhl was defeated in the Democratic landslide of 2008 by a 51.0% to 49.0% margin.

Former Mayor of Corning Thomas Reed (R) is already running for the seat.  According to his FEC year end report he has raised $230,277 with $122,565 cash on hand.  He is the only candidate who currently has a filing with the FEC.  I have included his welcome video, and information about other potential candidates, below the fold.  More information can be found on his website


Tom Reed Welcome from Tom Reed on Vimeo.

According to The Washington Post:

Former Corning Mayor Tom Reed is in the race for Republicans, but the field could grow with Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and former congressman Randy Kuhl reportedly interested in running.

On the Democratic side, Massa has encouraged Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan to consider running but it’s not clear whether having the incumbent’s blessing will be a help or hindrance in the race. Among the other Democrats mentioned include: Canandaigua Mayor Ellen Polimeni, state Assemblywoman Barbara Lifto, state Assemblyman David Koon and state Assemblywoman Susan John.

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