There’s one major reason Maggie Brooks decided to enter the congressional race: Monroe County.
The newly-created 25th Congressional District encompasses most of the county, a place Brooks has won four countywide races as clerk and executive. She wins big, too.
Check out the refrain she repeated often during her announcement: “Our country can learn a lot from our county.” Sounds like a campaign slogan.
Brooks’ challenger, longtime Democratic incumbent Louise Slaughter, has already sent out a fundraising email blast. Slaughter hasn’t faced a major challenger in years. She will not go down without a big fight.
Slaughter has a long record, which she refers to in her statement responding to Brooks’ entry in to the race. Brooks will now have to spell out where she stands on national issues, which she didn’t do at her press conference, other than to say she “leans conservative” and likes some parts of national health care and dislikes others. The national Democratic committee already sent out a list of questions to ask Brooks on her policy positions. Does she support birth control coverage? How would she have voted on the debt ceiling?
Both women will run on their name recognition and popularity. Slaughter will make this about national issues. But Brooks said today, “All politics is local.”
This is going to be a long campaign. Political analyst Curt Smith said, “Anyone who bet a nickel at this point should be basically assigned to an asylum.”