Is a 2012 Congressional rematch on the horizon?

Is Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul being recruited for a Congressional run? (WHAM photo - May 8, 2017)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Democrats are now recruiting candidates to run against House Republicans who voted to replace Obamacare last week.

According to the New York Times, party leaders have approached Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul (D) about a potential run against Republican Congressman Chris Collins in the 27th District.

On Monday, Hochul talked with 13 WHAM and pumped the brakes a bit on the rumors.

"It's very flattering that my supporters around the state are encouraging me to look at that, but I have been in Congress," Hochul said. "I'm the Lieutenant Governor and I'm very happy being Lieutenant Governor."

Hochul surprised many during a special election in 2011 when she won a heated three-way race for Congress in the Republican-leaning district.

In 2012, her district lines were re-drawn and she lost to now Congressman Chris Collins by a narrow 51-49 percent margin.

While Hochul feigned interest in the race, she does believe that seat is now there for the taking.

"I believe there are a lot of vulnerable Republicans this time around and I think they overplayed their hand," said Hochul. "They wanted to be able to finish up quickly. None of them, and Chris Collins admitted this, read the bill. That's something they criticized Democrats for for seven years."

In response to the rumors and a potential challenge in 2018, a spokesperson for Rep. Collins released the following statement:

"It's no surprise that when Andrew Cuomo Democrats finish their temper tantrums about Chris Collins' historic tax cut and repeal of ObamaCare, they realize they have no chance at winning this seat. President Trump won NY-27 by more than 25 points; and Congressman Collins won by more than 35 points. The reason is simple – voters trust Congressman Collins and President Trump to repeal ObamaCare, stand up to radical leftists, and help create jobs for NY-27”
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