Kathy Hochul will not run in NY-27

Hochul: "Absolutely out"

Mike Baggerman
July 09, 2019 - 2:08 pm

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul gets a tour of AP Lofts at Larkinville. April 4, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WBEN) - Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said Tuesday that she is "absolutely out" as a possible candidate for next year's race in the 27th congressional district.

While much of the focus lately is on whether or not Medal of Honor recipient David Bellavia will run for Congress, he remains undecided. He told WBEN on Monday that he doesn't want to exploit the Medal of Honor, which he received last month at the White House. The only candidate who has officially announced a run for 2020 is New York State Senator Chris Jacobs. Other possible candidates include Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw and State Senator Rob Ortt.

Congressman Chris Collins has not announced whether or not he will seek re-election. Collins is scheduled to go on trial in February over alleged insider trading.

On the democratic side, Grand Island Town Supervisor Nate McMurray is the leading candidate. McMurray lost to Collins last November by about 1,400 votes.

"I've seen him throughout the district at many events as recently as last week," Hochul said. "He is certainly a strong contender. He has worked hard and people know him. It was an extremely close race last time. Time will tell. It's very early in the process but I find it fascinating that there is such interest in pretty much anybody but Chris Collins. A-B-C. Anybody But Collins."

Hochul stopped short of fully endorsing McMurray in 2020 but said she supported him in the past and wants to wait and see what happens.

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