Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., speaks during a property league pursuing a House Republican caucus gathering successful Washington connected Wednesday, April 14, 2021.
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A Republican congressman who voted to impeach erstwhile President Donald Trump is being recruited to tally for New York politician adjacent year, according to radical briefed connected the matter.
The lawmaker, Rep. John Katko, has not ruled retired running, said these people, who declined to beryllium named owed to the backstage quality of the conversations.
The improvement comes arsenic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, is nether occurrence for aggregate scandals. Several women person accused him of intersexual harassment, which helium denies, portion his medication is nether probe for its handling of Covid-19 decease data. Cuomo has refused calls to resign and has been connected way to tally for a 4th term.
Katko, who has called for Cuomo's resignation, is simply a salient subordinate of the House Republican caucus. He is the ranking subordinate of the House Committee on Homeland Security, perchance putting him successful enactment to beryllium president if the GOP Republicans retake the House during 2022's midterm elections.
But Katko could look stumbling blocks moving for Congress again: There is the imaginable for backlash wrong his ain enactment for his impeachment vote, and helium represents a plaything district. Katko's run raised conscionable nether $340,000 successful the archetypal quarter, and has implicit $580,000 connected manus going into April, according to caller Federal Election Commission records.
The contention successful his district, New York's 24th, is pegged arsenic a flip up adjacent year, according to the analysts astatine Cook Political Report. The district, which includes Syracuse, is 1 of astatine slightest 17 House Republican races deemed competitive. President Joe Biden, a Democrat, won Katko's territory implicit erstwhile President Donald Trump by adjacent to 9 points.
Republicans made gains successful the House during past year's predetermination and are lone a fistful of seats distant from becoming the majority.
Press representatives for some Katko's legislature bureau and 2022 reelection run did not instrumentality repeated requests for comment.
The recruitment propulsion for Katko shows that members of the GOP are seeking a much mean contender for the highest bureau successful a traditionally Democratic state. Fellow New York GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin has already declared his candidacy for governor. Andrew Giuliani, the lad of erstwhile New York politician Rudy Giuliani, has said helium mightiness tally connected the Republican ticket.
Zeldin, Giuliani and others are acceptable to talk astatine Monday's New York Republican gathering successful Albany for statewide contenders, according to a idiosyncratic briefed connected the matter. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., who has publically not ruled retired moving for politician successful 2022, is besides connected the speakers list. Katko is not expected to attend, this idiosyncratic added.
Katko is the seat of the moderate Republican Governance Group. His voting grounds indicates helium isn't needfully a hardliner, either. While Katko has pushed backmost connected definite pieces of the Affordable Care Act, helium voted no connected repealing it successful its entirety successful 2015. Katko aboriginal voted against the Affordable Health Care Act, the Republican's replacement for the ACA that passed the House but failed to get done the Senate.
Cuomo, meanwhile, has said helium wants to tally for a 4th word contempt being nether scrutiny.
Polling is mixed for Cuomo. A Morning Consult canvass from March shows that 53% of New York voters o.k. of Cuomo. Yet a Quinnipiac canvass taken past period says that implicit 60% of the registered New York voters surveyed would similar for Cuomo to not tally again successful 2022.