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Maffei to run for Congress

SYRACUSE (AP) — Former Democratic Congressman Dan Maffei says he’s running again for the 25th Congressional District seat in upstate New York.

Maffei’s announcement Wednesday comes nine months after he lost the seat to Ann Marie Buerkle in one of the closest House races in the nation. Buerkle won by fewer than 600 votes.

The 43-year-old Maffei says he made his decision after watching this summer’s stalemate in Congress over increasing the national debt limit. Buerkle was among 66 Republicans who voted against a compromise to raise the debt limit and cut more than $2.1 trillion in federal spending over 10 years.

Maffei might have a challenger for the Democratic nod. Syracuse lawyer Brianne Murphy is exploring the possibility of running and already has filed as a candidate with the Federal Election Commission.