Steve Zodiac at Mustard Street makes this observation:
Maggie Brooks will run for Congress because there’s no reason for her not to.
Run and she has a decent shot at winning. Lose and she’s exactly where she’d be, and no worse off, than if she didn’t run: finishing out her term as Monroe County Executive.
Term limits make this term her last. So a loss in a congressional race can’t tarnish chances for re-election, since there isn’t going to be a re-election.
This is all true, but my question is why she chose a Presidential year to challenge an 82 year-old incumbent. Maggie’s term is up at the end of 2015. If she ran in 2014, Slaughter’s age would be even more of an issue, or, more likely, she will have retired, and a lot fewer Democrats would be heading to the polls because Democratic turnout is lower in non-Presidential elections.