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“There has been a lot of speculation as to whether I would run in a special election for the 23rd Congressional District.“My priority must continue to be the work I have started in the state Senate, representing Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties. My commitment is to the people of the 48th Senate District and has been all along. Before I could even consider the possibility of serving another eight counties, I had a duty to finish out this year’s session."This seat in Congress belongs to the people who live in these 11 counties, not any elected official or political party.“Unfortunately, the National Republican Party has viewed the seat differently. National Republicans have demonstrated their belief that party registration matters more than the issues by spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to attack and vilify me. They never mentioned the important issues we care about here in the 23rd, whether it’s our military and Fort Drum, border security and international trade, agriculture, energy and the economy of the future, or rural healthcare.“It’s no small wonder why the Washington Republicans are going extinct, and contributors should question why the money they’ve given was squandered here for no good reason at all.“I support the process that the Democratic Party has put in place to come up with a candidate to run for the expected vacancy in the 23rd Congressional District. I’m certain the 11 county chairs involved in the process will continue to move toward finding a qualified candidate who understands the issues here and will embark on an honest campaign that puts people before politics.”
Statement of John T. Sullivan Jr.Regarding Aubertine decision to forego candidacy:Darrel Aubertine has been and remains a very dedicated and talented representative of the people of Northern and North Central New York in the NYS Senate. The decision to continue serving his constituents is to be respected, and valued. There is much more to be done to make New York State Government functional again. I am confident that Darrel’s hard work and dedication , and just plain good old common sense, will continue to pay dividends for those of us who call NNY home. It is clear that he puts people before politics, and I applaud his determination to remain a vital player in the forces that will work to shape this state’s future, and make it a brighter one for all of us. As far as the race for Congress in the 23rd District is concerned, I have made my availability known to the leaders of the Democratic party in the eleven counties involved, and to Democratic leaders on the State and National level as well. I am a great believer in fate, and if it is meant to be that I should be selected to champion the cause of the hard working people of the 23rd Congressional District as the nominee of the Democratic party, that course will soon become apparent. In the coming days I will be consulting with those leaders, and with others, to determine if furthering that potential candidacy is appropriate. In the interim, I believe we all owe Darrel a debt of gratitude for making a responsible, if difficult choice, to stay the course in the NYS Senate, and complete the goals he set out to achieve.
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