Former Representative Ann Marie Buerkle has ruled out another run for Congress. Buerkle is currently a commissioner on the Consumer Products Safety Commission.
At this point there has been no formal announcement by a Republican candidate to run against Rep. Dan Maffei, who narrowly defeated Buerkle in November. Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci has expressed interest in running and recently met with some Republicans in Washington, DC to explore the possibility.
Here’s the statement released by Buerkle.
Auburn, NY – Today, former Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle released the following statement announcing that she will not seek the 24th Congressional seat in the upcoming 2014 election cycle:
“Serving the people of Upstate New York in Congress has been one of the highest honors of my life. While I love Upstate New York and will always remain deeply committed to the people who live here, I have decided that I will not seek election to Congress in 2014.
“The outpouring of support and encouragement I received to run again has been humbling. Deciding not to do so was a difficult decision, but it is the right one for me at this time.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the wonderful people who supported me, worked for me, and believed that together we could make a difference for the next generation. Their enthusiasm and dedication was unprecedented and I am truly grateful.
“I ran for Congress in 2010 because I was concerned about the direction our country was headed. The election was about restoring the principles of smaller government and individual freedoms. My priorities were to pursue legislative initiatives that would foster economic growth, true healthcare reform, and unwavering support for our men and women in uniform as well as our veterans.
“Despite the progress made during my tenure in Congress, I remain concerned about the course our nation is taking and my commitment to forging a better future for our children and grandchildren will not waver.
“Since departing office, I realize that I can be an effective advocate on issues from outside of Congress. Whether it is through my role as a Commissioner at the Consumer Product Safety Commission or as a politically engaged citizen, rest assured, I will continue to be active in the public arena, working toward ideals that will create a better, stronger America.
“Although I have decided not to run for office at this time, I look forward to pursuing other avenues that will allow me to continue to be politically involved. The details of what exactly the future holds in that regard remain to be seen, but I am excited to see what the next chapter holds.
“It is neither government nor Congress that will restore our country’s strength and greatness, it is the American people. Today, in announcing my decision, I do not take a step away from the fight for American Exceptionalism, but a step forward to stand beside every American citizen who tirelessly advocates for the principles and polices that make the United States the greatest country in the world.”
Buerkle’s announcement puts an end to speculation that she would seek a rematch, the third in as many elections, with incumbent Congressman Dan Maffei (NY-24). Following her departure from Congress, Buerkle was nominated to serve as a Commissioner on the Consumer Product Safety Commission by President Obama after being recommended by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). She was confirmed to this position by the Senate and was officially sworn in on July 5, 2013, to a term that expires in October 2018. This marks the second time Buerkle has received a Presidential appointment; President Obama previously appointed her to serve as a United States Representative to the United Nations.