Jane Corwin, the GOP nominee in western New York’s looming special election, will begin running television advertising Wednesday.
The announcement by the Corwin campaign comes more than two months before the general election and before Democrats have even settled on a candidate. Local Democratic county chairmen are in the midst of the interviewing process and could identify a nominee as early as next week.
Corwin, a state Assemblywoman who is considered independently wealthy, will release a copy of her first television ad Tuesday evening to her Facebook followers. The campaign declined to release an advanced copy of the ad, which is likely to serve as an introduction to the voters of New York’s 26th.
The ad will run across the district, which includes parts of the Buffalo and Rochester markets, her campaign said.
Corwin is a former businesswoman and relative newcomer to the political arena. But in part because of her ability to self-fund, she was the unanimous choice of county Republican chairmen last month.
The race has already provided some drama. Two Republicans who failed to earn the GOP nomination are seeking third-party bids. One of them, the wealthy three-time Democratic Congressional candidate Jack Davis, is seeking the “Tea Party” line.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.