Well this is interesting. Just two months after curb stomping venture capitalist Sean Edlridge by 30 almost points in a district that President Obama won twice, Chris Gibson will announce today that he won't run for re-election in 2016.
Rep. Chris Gibson, R-N.Y., will announce his retirement Tuesday, according to two GOP sources.
The Republican, who was re-elected to a third term in November, will open a competitive seat in 2016 with his departure following this Congress. President Barack Obama carried the district with 52 percent, making it a must-win for House Democrats if they want to put a dent in the GOP's historic majority this cycle.
Last year, Gibson annihilated venture capitalist Sean Eldridge, the Democratic nominee with deep pockets, by nearly 30 points.
Sources say that Gibson is interested in running for a statewide seat in 2018, though that's a pretty steep climb these days for any Republican, no matter how popular they may be in their own backyard. I just don't see what statewide job he could win.
That said, NY-19 is now wide open and is an excellent pickup opportunity for Dems.