Corwin Officially Announces Run For 26th Congressional District

February 23, 2011 Updated Feb 23, 2011 at 8:12 PM EDT

By Laura Gray

February 23, 2011 Updated Feb 23, 2011 at 8:12 PM EDT

Alden, NY (WKBW) -- Jane Corwin officially announcing her platform just two days after being nominated by the Republican party to run for the seat vacated by disgraced Congressman Chris Lee. "It's a good thing for him to be spending time with family, and I commend him for that decision," Assemblywoman Corwin told reporters today at Greatbatch Medical in Alden. It was the first campaign stop on a tour through the district. The former business woman considers herself a fiscal conservative, and says that's what she will bring to Washington if elected.
"Our federal government is over spending. We need to reduce the tax burden on our families," she says. Corwin also promised to help cut down on regulations for small businesses. The nominee also addressed her stance on abortion. "Certainly last week I would have voted to suspend funding to planned parenthood. I support parental notification. At the end of the day, it's a woman's right to make a decision in the first trimester."
Corwin plans fund her race with a combination of her own wealth and traditional fund-raising, but denies that money alone will get her the seat. "To me, a candidate can't buy a race. Races aren't about money. They're about ideas. And if the ideas that I put out to voters make sense, that's how I would get elected."
Republican Chair Nick Langworthy tells us the special election race will cost more than two million dollars. He denies that Corwin's personal wealth had any influence on choosing her as their nominee, pointing out that four multi-millionaires threw their hat in the ring. "We had no litmus test based on the means. We asked each candidate what their plans were to fund the race. Jack Davis has tried to buy the seat by saying he would put 3 million dollars in an account tomorrow. You haven't heard any numbers out of Jane Corwin, who is our nominee."
Davis reportedly plans to run against Corwin as an independent. Democrats have not yet picked a nominee. They are asking any serious candidate to submit a cover letter or resume by March third.