New York is the only state in the nation to hold two primaries: one for federal offices (Jun 26), and one for state positions (Sept 13th). Therefore, it is possible for a candidate to run for Congress in June and, if defeated, turnaround and run for state office. Though Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Cold Spring/West Point) is in no danger for re-nomination in his US House seat, he is publicly toying with the idea of running for state Attorney General since the forced resignation of Eric Schneiderman (D) has created an open seat contest.
Should Rep. Maloney decide to run for AG after being re-nominated on June 26th – the state candidates’ filing deadline is July 12th – then he would have to withdraw from the congressional race and allow the local district party committee, comprised of two full counties (Orange and Putnam) and two partial ones (Dutchess and Westchester) to choose another nominee for the general election. Rep. Maloney says he will make a decision about the open AG’s race on or before June 6th.
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