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Hanna Retirement Leads to Speculation About Successor

By Jason Weinstein.
Congressman Richard Hanna's retirement announcement will no doubt set off a flurry of activity among both Democrats and Republicans hoping to succeed Hanna in Washington.

The 22nd District spans eight counties. Broome County political leaders have already fielded calls from prospective candidates. Broome County Democratic Chairman Jim Testani says Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo has said no to a Congressional run, but that he's spoken to another possible candidate.

Broome County GOP Chairman Bijoy Datta floated the name of George Phillips, who lost twice to former congressman Maurice Hinchey.

"What's really exciting is I think we have an opportunity here in Binghamton and Broome County to try and put forth candidates from this region. We haven't had a Congressional representative from the Broome County area since the 1950s or '60s," said Broome GOP Chairman Bijoy Datta.

"I've talked to a couple of people. Unfortunately one told me she's totally not interested. That's Assemblywoman Lupardo. She's pulled herself out. I called her immediately," said Broome County Democratic Chairman Jim Testani.

Datta calls the 22nd District a swing district which could go to either party. Testani says strong voter turnout in a Presidential election year could help the Democratic candidate. Republican State Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney is the only declared candidate at this point.