New York Democratic Rep. Gary Ackerman's retirement announcement Thursday evening seems to have surprised nearly everyone -- especially one fellow Democrat, Queens Assemblyman Rory Lancman.
As his colleagues in the state legislature dithered on redistricting plans, Lancman ramped up a congressional exploratory committee over the last month under the assumption that the final redistricting scenario would leave intact GOP Rep. Bob Turner's 9th District and Lancman would challenge him. But the federal court that took over New York's congressional line-drawing chose Turner's seat as one of two to contract due to slow population growth, placing Lancman in Ackerman's new 6th District.
Mere hours later, Ackerman announced he would retire at the end of this term. That leaves Lancman looking a little silly, but with a month's worth of effort behind him, $120,000 in his federal account, and an obvious desire to become a congressman, there appear to be more reasons for Lancman to resume campaigning, this time for New York's 6th District, than to stay out.