The clock is ticking for Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks to decide if she will run for Congress. Redistricting has put her and incumbent Democrat, Louise Slaughter, in the same district.
Brooks is seriously looking at a campaign. It’s the only other job she wants in politics, she said. Brooks got a nice plug from former governor George Pataki, who told the GOP convention in Rochester Friday she belongs in higher office.
“With the crisis of leadership we have in Washington, I hope that she can be convinced we need to put her talents on a national stage,” Pataki said.
More than a few GOP supporters and elected officials at the convention said they expect Brooks to run.
The new Monroe County-centric congressional district would have a Democratic enrollment edge, but Brooks said that doesn’t phase her.
“Monroe County has always had a Democratic edge since I’ve run for office since 2004,” she said.
Brooks wouldn’t lose her job as county executive if she runs, as she was just elected to a third term.
The petition deadline is Tuesday, but Brooks doesn’t know if she’ll have a decision by then. She said there’s a mechanism for the party to pass petitions without designating a candidate.
Slaughter has been in Congress two decades. Like Brooks, she is very popular. Will she relish a race against Brooks or bow out? She will be 83 in August, but says she’s in good health.
It would be a memorable matchup and a lot of fun to cover.
Should Brooks run? Who do you think would win?
Update: Brooks is expected to announce she is in the race Monday morning. 3/18 RB