Last week, I wrote about Dale Sweetland, the Republican candidate for the open seat in New York’s 25th congressional district. I hope to post regularly about this race. Today, I’d like to introduce the Democrat running for this seat, Dan Maffei.

For the ten years before his first run for Congress in 2006, Dan Maffei lived in Washington, D.C. He worked as a congressional aide for Democrat Senators Bill Bradley and Daniel Patrick Moynihan in the 1990’s. Since then, he worked as a press secretary for Rep. Charles Rangel, a man Maffei considers his mentor. In 2006, Maffei moved back to his childhood home of Syracuse, NY, to run against incumbent congressman Republican Jim Walsh. He lost that race, waited for ten days before conceding, and has been campaigning ever since, hoping to win the seat in this year’s election.

Dan Maffei is the definition of a Washington insider. After working as a congressional aide for more than a decade, Maffei has been forced to run more than one ad spotlighting his childhood roots in the area in order to get people to forget that he only moved into the district from D.C. in 2006 to run for Congress. Only 14% of the money that Dan Maffei has raised in the last quarter has come from within the district (compared to 80% of Dale Sweetland’s total that have been local donations). Rep. Charles Rangel is raising money for Maffei through his Rangel Victory Fund, as are many special interest PAC’s and left-wing groups. Politicians that have visited the district on Maffei’s behalf include former President Bill Clinton, DNC Chairman Howard Dean House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, General Wes Clark and others. The Democrat Party establishment is going all out to get Dan Maffei elected to Congress because they know that he will rubber-stamp their liberal agenda for this country.

Dan Maffei’s website reveals that he is a typical liberal Democrat. On a page titled “Reducing Energy Costs,” Maffei makes only two policy proposals: a “windfall profits tax” on oil companies and “eliminating the unconscionable subsidies they receive.” Both of these proposals, of course, would increase energy costs, not reduce them. Likewise, his “Job Creation Plan” does not include any proposals that would actually create jobs. Saying one thing and doing another is standard practice for congressional Democrats. From what he is saying as a candidate, he is already a step ahead of the game. It seems he has a “calling” to join the rest of the Democrats in Congress. In fact, he has stated that he has a “calling” to be in Congress, clip below.

A potential third-party spoiler is perennial Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, who has run (or attempted to run) for political office every year since 1993. Hawkins was a co-founder of the national Green Party and has run for Congress, Syracuse mayor, U.S. Senate (against Hillary Clinton), and other state and local offices, many more than once. He has received up to 10% of the vote in previous attempts at various offices and is expected to get as much as 3-5% of the vote this year, which could play an important role in what is expected by many to be a close election. Dale Sweetland has requested that Mr. Hawkins be invited to any debates that may occur this fall.

In New York, individuals are allowed to run as a candidate from more than one political party. In 2006, Dan Maffei was the candidate for both the Democrat Party and the Working Families Party. As an interesting side note, this year, he faces a primary on the Working Families Party line. His challenger is Christina Rosetti, a cross-dressing man who believes that he/she was Theodore Roosevelt in a previous life. He/she is accusing Dan Maffei of supporting a military draft because of his work with two prominent proponents of the draft, the late Sen. Moynihan and Rep. Rangel. Maffei has yet to make a statement about whether or not he supports a reinstatement of the draft.

NY-25 has been consistently rated the #1 most competitive congressional race all year, until recently when CQ Politics moved the race from “No Clear Favorite” to “Leans Democrat” based on Maffei’s fundraising success as part of the DCCC’s “Red to Blue” program. Due to his late start, Dale Sweetland has some catching up to do in order to keep this race competitive.

Visit the Sweetland ’08 campaign website and consider making a contribution to his efforts. Add .08 to your donation so he knows that it’s from RedState. This is a seat in the heart of New York that Republicans need to keep!