Will there be a special election to replace disgraced Republican Rep. Chris Lee, the anti-gay conservative New York congressman who abruptly resigned after being exposed for trolling Craigslist with shirtless pics?
The would-be candidates are lining up, reports USA Today.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has 30 days to call the special election but he doesn't necessarily have to deem the seat vacant. There was no vacancy declared last year when Democrat Eric Massa stepped down—also because of a sex scandal—in part to help save New York taxpayers the cost of a special election.
Politico, The Hill and Rochester-area TV stations are reporting that various Monroe and Erie County lawmakers in the state Assembly, county, and party offices are considering a race. Lee's district in western New York is Republican, with a voter registration advantage of about 30,000. Republican John McCain won the district in the 2008 presidential election.
Among possible candidates on the GOP side mentioned in news stories: state Sen. George Maziarz, state Assemblywoman Jane Corwin; Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and Erie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy.
Democrats are also expected to field candidates.
Cuomo "is likely" to call the special election, reports Buffalo's WIVB-TV.