Republican committee leaders on Monday unanimously chose an independently wealthy former businesswoman as their candidate to run in a special election to replace former Rep. Chris Lee.
Jane L. Corwin, who has been a member of the New York Assembly since 2009, beat eight candidates who were interviewed by seven Republican county chairpersons on Sunday.
However, Corwin’s nomination was not embraced by Tea Party leaders, something Corwin seemed to speak to in a statement following the vote. Corwin stressed her conservative credentials and the “fair, open and comprehensive manner” in which she was selected.
The GOP has represented the 26th Congressional District since its inception following the 2000 census. The emergence of Tea Party members who are opposed to the Republicans’ process could put a wrench in GOP plans for a smooth path to victory.