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Former Gov. Considers Run For Congress

Former Gov. Considers Run For Congress

Former Gov. David Paterson says he may run for Congress if Rep. Charles Rangel retires.

But Paterson also made a case for recruiting a younger candidate if his fellow Democrat chooses not to run after more than 40 years in Congress. Paterson would be 60 if he was elected next year.

Paterson says a younger member would have more time to build seniority in Congress, which is critical to amass power.

Rangel didn't initially respond to a request Monday for comment on whether he'll seek another term representing the Harlem district.

Paterson became governor in 2008, rising from lieutenant governor when Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned because of a prostitution scandal. Paterson didn't seek a full term in 2010, when Andrew Cuomo successfully campaigned for governor.

 

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