Tonight the Republican leaders in New York’s 26th Congressional district chose State Assemblywoman Jane Corwin (R-Clarence) to run for former Congressman Chris Lee’s seat. Corwin was considered the favorite since the topic of selecting a candidate came up shortly after Lee’s resignation. The county chairs voted for her unanimously Monday evening.
Corwin, a member of the State Assembly since 2008, was picked from eight would-be candidates. A former Vice President at the Talking Phone Book, Corwin has touted her economic and business experience, as well as her leading the charge on fiscal conservatism and accountability for elected officials.
Corwin scored a perfect 100 and is ranked 1 out of 150 in the State Assembly according to the reform group Unshackle Upstate. She also is outspoken against such items as bailouts and Obamacare, which she would like to see repealed.
Some local Tea Party chapters have expressed criticism of Corwin’s swift selection. While the conservative leaders in the district no doubt wanted to establish a face and name early, there have been many critics of New York’s Republican and Conservative parties, saying they’re more interested in ‘king making’ than choosing the best candidate. Many area Tea Party groups were pulling for David Bellavia.
Bellavia, an author and Iraq war veteran, ran for the Republican nomination in 2008, but ended up losing to Lee.
One issue that conservatives feel could reflect negatively on Corwin are her views on abortion. She is said to agree with the statement “Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.” While many Tea Partiers are inherently conservative, their overall platform tends to be monopolized by fiscal and budget concerns. Corwin’s quote could taint her image with more traditional members of the Republican and Conservative parties.
Nevertheless, the district is considered very conservative for New York, and during last years’ midterms was called one of the safest GOP seats in the country. The seat could be in play depending on whom the Democrats decide to field, but the odds are in Corwin’s favor. Many residents in Upstate New York, including those in Rochester and Buffalo want someone who will champion fiscal conservatism.
All that’s needed now is for Governor Cuomo to call for a special election. The residents of NY-26 deserve representation once again, and many believe Jane Corwin will make a fine addition to congress, as a Republican and a conservative.