Windham lawyer Frank Steinherr, who floated the idea of challenging Democrat Sean Eldridge in a primary this year to eventually face off against Rep. Chris Gibson, says he’s decided not to.
“I explored very seriously a challenge to Chris Gibson. With the counsel of my advisers, family and close friends I decided not to run for Congress in 2014. I announced my decision to my supporters and the public in late January,” said Steinherr in an email.
Steinherr also pointed to a longer explanation he left on his Facebook page saying he listened closely to grassroots organizers and party activists who looked to avoid a primary contest.
“Although there is compelling evidence supporting my belief that my candidacy would present a real formidable challenge to Chris Gibson – and although my conviction to serve has only grown stronger over the past months – I have decided, based on a number of considerations, to respect the clear wish not to have a primary contest this time around,” Steinherr said.
Eldridge, a investor who moved to Shokan in January 2013, has been seen as the Democratic favorite to challenge Gibson, R-Kinderhook. As of the end of last year, Eldridge had $1,265,355 cash on hand to Gibson’s $863,339.