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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s sister is running for Congress in New York

The sister of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday announced her bid to unseat New York Republican Rep. Mike Lawler and return the seat to Democrats.

Liz Whitmer Geraghty, a New York small business owner, is running for Lawler’s New York 17th Congressional District seat. Geraghty announced his bid Tuesday in an email and on Twitter, a day before Mr. Biden was to travel to that part of New York for a speech and fundraiser.

Last year, Lawler eked out a narrow Former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Sean Patrick defeated Maloney In Biden-friendly districts outside New York City. Lawler’s office told CBS News that Lawler will attend the president’s event in his district on Wednesday. Mr. Biden is expected to talk about why Congress must act to avoid a default and what House Republicans’ plans for veterans’ health care benefits and Meals on Wheels will do for seniors.

New York very well determined control of the House, as New York’s Republicans won the six seats Mr. Biden won in 2020, a better year than expected for Democrats.

Geraghty is sure to draw some name recognition from her sister, who defeated his Republican opponentTudor Dixon, on Nov.

In her ad, Geraghty said she’s running because states are rolling back reproductive protections and Congress refuses to act on gun violence, among other issues.

“I’m Liz Geraghty,” Geraghty wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “A mom, small business owner, school board member, and candidate for #NY17. I’m running for Congress because many may say we can’t solve our biggest problems, I say…not yet.”

In a statement in response to Geraghty’s announcement, the National Republican Congressional Committee suggested Democrats are not helping New York.

“We invite more Democrats to join the race of the left as they must answer to rising inflation, rising crime and a lack of solutions to a porous open border,” said NRCC spokeswoman Savannah Weir.

— Rebecca Kaplan contributed to this report

Catherine Watson


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