A potential Republican candidate for Congress in Central New York has withdrawn his name for consideration.
Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci was being courted by the GOP as a challenger to Congressman Dan Maffei next year. The Republicans considered him a very strong candidate.
In a brief statement today though, Antonacci said after careful consultation with his family, friends and political supporters, he's decided to forgo a race for Congress next year.
He says the country could benefit from new blood and a fresh perspective in Washington. He says it's a winnable seat for Republicans, but he will not be their candidate.
That now leaves local Republicans back at square one. Last month former Congresswoman Anne Marie Buerkle announced that she would not challenge Maffei again next year after routing him from office in 2010, but only serving one term after Maffei challanged her again.