Monday, January 15, 2007

Mr. Maffei Goes to Washington

Not in the way we would have liked though:

So why was Maffei at the Capitol, where Walsh was at work representing the 25th Congressional District?

"I'm here to say thanks to people who helped with my campaign," said Maffei, 38, who recently accepted a job as senior vice president for corporate development at Pinnacle Capital Management, a DeWitt financial services firm.

And?

"I'm talking to them about the race, the possibility of me as a future candidate and party-building," Maffei said.

Over parts of three days in Washington, Maffei managed to meet with the biggest names in the national Democratic Party leadership. His tour around town began with Syracuse native Terry McAuliffe, the party's master fundraiser and close friend of former President Bill Clinton and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., both of whom supported Maffei's campaign.

Later, Maffei met with Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., the new chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Van Hollen also has a Syracuse connection: His sister, Cecilia, is on the faculty at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Maffei said he has not decided whether he will be a candidate for the 25th District seat in 2008, but he's sure that he wants to help build the Democratic Party in Central New York.

"The truth is, whether I won or I didn't win, I would be doing this," he said at the end of his trip. "The 25th District has to be Democratic."


And Walsh is still running from the Republican label:

Walsh's latest move was to give up his post as an assistant deputy whip for House Republicans. The 10-term congressman was one of about 40 members in that position, whose job is to line up votes along party lines.

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