STATE Assemblyman Marc Molinaro isn’t going to Washington.After several weeks of deliberation, Molinaro, R-Red Hook, said he’s decided against making a bid for New York’s 20th Congressional District seat.
“The whole idea that I could be a candidate for Congress was and is flattering, and I respect the folks who have presented that to me, but the reality is that I don’t know that there is or could be a more critical time to be involved in state government,” Molinaro said.
“I believe that hard-working, reform-minded elected officials really need to engage in problem solving in state government, and that’s an overwhelming responsibility that I take very seriously.”
In January, Molinaro said he had been called on by a number of GOP officials and civic and elected leaders to consider running this fall for the House seat currently held by Democrat Scott Murphy of Glens Falls. Molinaro declined to say who has asked him to run.While he wouldn’t rule out a possible future run for Congress, Molinaro said now is not the time, personally or professionally, to make such a change.
“You seek elected office to do a job, and if you wish to seek higher office, you do it at the right time for you and the people you represent,” he said. “There really is work that needs to get done in Albany, and I’m not ready to abandon that.”
As the father of an 8-month-old son and 5-year-old daughter, Molinaro said he prefers, for now, to be in a position that allows him to be with his family as much as possible.Molinaro, 34, first was elected to public office at age 18, when he became a member of the Tivoli Village Board. He was elected mayor of the Northern Dutchess village a year later.
He then became a Dutchess County legislator before being elected to the state Assembly in 2006 and 2008.New York’s 20th Congressional District stretches from Northern Dutchess to the Adirondacks. Murphy was elected in the district last year over Republican James Tedisco in a race to succeed Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand. Gillibrand, D-Greenport, had been appointed by Gov. David Paterson to the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.