Republicans Endorse Jane Corwin for 26th Congressional District

February 22, 2011 Updated Feb 22, 2011 at 12:24 AM EDT

By John Borsa

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February 22, 2011 Updated Feb 22, 2011 at 12:24 AM EDT

GENESEO, NY (WKBW) - The Republican chairs of the seven Western New York counties which are part of New York's 26th Congressional District met in Livingston County Monday night to select Jane Corwin as the party's endorsed candidate to reclaim the seat vacated by Chris Lee.

Lee resigned in disgrace earlier this month following an Internet scandal, in which he apparently flirted with a Maryland woman, sending her a shirtless photograph of himself and lying about his marital status.

Corwin, a New York State Assemblywoman from Clarence, has one of the most conservative voting records in the state, said Erie County Republican Committee Chairman Nick Langworthy.

"Her record stands for itself," said Bill Reilich, the Republican chairman in Monroe County.

It's a record of being a conservative Republican and she's put that forward on her votes over the past two years," Reilich said following the meeting at a Geneseo restaurant.

"I am humbled to receive the support of Western New York's Republican leadership," Corwin said in a statement.

Democrats are considering Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul as their endorsed candidate, among others, said Len Lenihan, chairman for Erie County Democrats.

A special election will be held once the seat has been officially declared vacant by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.