Retiring Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey
On Thursday, Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey, who serves as chair of the highly effective Home Appropriations Committee, introduced that she wouldn’t search a 17th time period in New York’s reliably blue 17th Congressional District. Lowey, who might be 83 on Election Day, is the sixth Home Democrat who just isn’t searching for reelection this cycle, whereas 17 Republicans are heading to the exits.
Lowey obtained her begin in politics again in 1974 when a good friend approached her to assist a “younger and completely unknown lawyer, Mario Cuomo” run for lieutenant governor. Cuomo misplaced the Democratic main, however he was appointed New York secretary of state the next 12 months and shortly employed Lowey. Cuomo was elected governor in 1982 whereas Lowey remained on the secretary of state’s workplace till 1987, when she resigned to run for Congress towards GOP Rep. Joe DioGuardi in what was then numbered the 20th District.
DioGuardi (the daddy of future American Idol decide Kara DioGuardi) had twice received his Westchester County-based seat after nasty Democratic primaries, however Crew Blue’s 1988 contest was a way more civil affair. Lowey ended up defeating Hamilton Fish V, the writer of The Nation and a member of an influential native political household, 44-36 to say the nod.
Nonetheless, the final election was an costly and detrimental contest. DioGuardi obtained some dangerous headlines within the fall when the native media reported that Crabtree Automotive, which was one among Westchester County’s largest automobile dealerships, may need illegally given $50,000 to his marketing campaign. DioGuardi’s marketing campaign additionally ran adverts saying that Lowey’s marketing campaign supervisor, Lisa Meyer, had been indicted, however they took down the spots after Meyer stated she had solely been known as to testify earlier than a grand jury.
In the end, Lowey pulled off a detailed 50-47 victory. DioGuardi sought a rematch in 1992 in what was now the 18th District, however Lowey defeated him 56-44. (DioGuardi would lose a number of Home races in a neighboring seat over the next years, in addition to the 2010 Senate race.)