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Maurice Hinchey (Dem NY-22) retiring

Maurice Hinchey (Dem NY-22) retiring

Maurice Hinchey is the Democratic Congressman for the soon to disappear NY-22 District, which snakes its way from college town to college town in upstate NY ending up in Ithaca.

I’ve highlighted Hinchey before.  He made Dennis Kucinech look like Dick Cheney.  And he didn’t take kindly to pesky reporters.

In 2010, George Phillips ran a good campaign but lost.  Phillips is running again, but it’s not yet clear what the district will look like since NY State lost 2 congressional seats.  NY-22 as it existed almost certainly will not survive.

While Hinchey had health problems, he probably would have run again if the district remained intact.  But redistricting meant he’d have a toughter time.  So Hinchey will be retiring (h/t @JazzShaw).

Believe it or not, this area of upstate — excluding the college towns — is pretty conservative.  I’ll keep you updated.


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I live in Upstate NY and I don’t find it conservative. Maybe compared to NYC, but that’s stretching it a bit. I live near Corning in the 29th district, home to that now-retired progressive RINO Amo Houghton. The same Amo who voted against impeaching Monica Lewinsky’s boyfriend and who hosted campaign fund raisers for Her Royal Clinton-ess in his private home. Eric “tickle me” Massa lives just a couple of blocks from Amo. Tom Reed now represents us, but this area still overwhelmingly voted for HRC in 2000.

    donb in reply to Kitty. | January 18, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Come on now, Kitty — Steuben county went 58% for McCain in 2008! That’s quite conservative, especially for New York. (Contrast that to Thompkins county, which includes the Peoples’ Republic of Ithaca, which went 70% for Obama.)

      Steuben county went 58% for McCain in 2008! That’s quite conservative, especially for New York.

      What a sense of humor 🙂

    donb in reply to Kitty. | January 18, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Oops. Somebody just pointed out to me that it is Tompkins (without an “h”) county.

Hooray! 1 down, 180 or so to go.

Good riddance. That’s number 18. 174 more to go.

Hinchey won two pivotal elections at key points in his House career by virtue of extraordinary lucky circumstances. While the district before or after redistricting will be a challenging one for Republicans to win, a good GOP candidate will have a good shot.

myveryownpointofview | January 18, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Well, about George Phillips………I found him to be very evasive on repealing obamacare. Would not answer the question straight even after several people asked. In fact, he seemed quite moderate to me.

I did do some volunteer work for the campaign, but mostly because he was a “not-Hinchey”.

I was elated to hear that Hinchey is retiring. Great news.

Good riddance. he never should have been re-elected the last time, especially after he was going around assaulting people!

Ah, I see you already included that in your above post. My bad!