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By Nathan L. Gonzales Posted at 2:24 p.m. on Jan. 8, 2014
Citing her battle with lung cancer, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., announced her retirement on Wednesday. The congresswoman leaves behind a 4th District that Barack Obama won with 56 percent in 2012 and 2008, and John Kerry won in 2004, 53 percent to 46 percent.
There is a chance that Republicans could challenge for the open seat under certain conditions. But we’re keeping the 4th District as Safe for Democrats for now in the Rothenberg Political Report/CQ Roll Call ratings, until Republicans prove they have a candidate who can compete.
Roll Call lists some potential candidates here.
This blog will complement my weekly Roll Call column.
It will offer context and perspective to help readers cut through the political hype and partisan talking points that masquerade as political discussion.
I’m a non-partisan political analyst/handicapper who has been a Roll Call columnist for more than 20 years.
Nathan L. Gonzales is editor and publisher of the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report, founder of PoliticsinStereo.com, and has been a Roll Call contributing writer for seven years. @nathanlgonzales