Dan Maffei turned an uncontested district in 2004 into one of the closest elections in the country in 2006, losing by only 1%. This time around, Dan starts with higher name recognition, while Republican incumbent Jim Walsh doesn't have hundreds of thousands saved up from nearly a decade of weak challengers (or even none at all). Dan is a true blue, solid progressive who can hold this Democratic district for a long time to come.
After years of supporting the war, now Walsh is banking on weak, compromise bills in Congress to try and blur the Iraq issue. As such, supporting Dan means fighting not only for a progressive to replace a Republican, but against Democratic Bush Dogs who propose such bills.
Follow the campaign at The Walsh Watch and Rochester Turning.