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Sen. Greg Ball quells speculation about run for Congress
Sen. Greg Ball (R-Patterson) wants to be perfectly clear: he's not running for Congress. Well, at least not until the current legislative session is over.
The two-term lawmaker, known for his conservative views, sent out an email blast Monday attempting to quell speculation that he would be seeking to challenge incumbent Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Cold Spring) in the 2014 elections.
“I want to make it clear that I am focused on finishing this legislative session and delivering for my current district and not running for Congress," Ball said in a statement. "Indeed, while I disagree with the current Congressman on most issues, we have a great working relationship and he and his office are to be applauded, for they have bent over backwards to mutually assist shared constituents. As for my re-election in the current State Senate seat, I will make a final decision on that as the time nears.”
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Ball, 35, of Patterson, represents State Senate District 40, which encompasses Putnam County, a Republican stronghold, in addition to parts of Dutchess and Westchester counties. But recently he raised his national profile with an on-air skirmish with CNN's Piers Morgan over Ball's tweet that said torture would be appropriate for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the deadly Boston Marathon bombing.
Speculation has also been building that former Rep. Nan Hayworth of Bedford will be making another run for the congressional seat she held for two years before she lost a reelection bid to Maloney last November. Since losing the election, the former ophthalmologist has remained active in the community, attending civic and political events.
Pundits have speculated that Hayworth's defeat had more to do with a big turnout by President Barack Obama's supporters in cities such as Newburgh, Poughkeepsie and Middletown than with support for Maloney, who was virtually unknown in the Hudson Valley before he ran for the congressional seat.