The National Republican Congressional Committee issued a statement lauding Corwin as a “strong conservative candidate” and promoting her as an outsider. “She understands that the best ideas come from outside Washington and so do the best candidates,” NRCC spokeswoman Andrea Bozek said.
In her own statement, Corwin offered a campaign platform that might make the tea party happy. She said she understands the need to “slash federal spending, balance the budget, end the bailouts, take leftover money from the Obama stimulus package to pay down the deficit and support repealing Obamacare.”
Should Democrats luck into a three-way race, however, they’d need a viable candidate.
Local Democratic chairmen are expected to identify a candidate in the next “week or two,” state Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs told Roll Call last week.
Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul has emerged as the most likely to win the nod from the Democratic county chairmen. A lawyer and wife of a U.S. attorney, Hochul previously worked as a legislative assistant for former Sen. Patrick Moynihan (D) and former Rep. John LaFalce (D).
Other Democrats mentioned as possible contenders include Kathy Konst, a former state lawmaker and Erie County commissioner; Mark Poloncarz, the Erie County comptroller; and Mark Manna, a member of the Amherst Town Board.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.