A reader forwarded this invite to an April 26 fundraiser Rep. Carolyn Maloney will be hosting at her Upper East Side home for her would-be Democratic colleague, Erie County Clerk Cathy Hochul.

There was a lot of speculation before the NY-26 Democratic leaders settled on Hochul as their candidate in the May 24 special election about her ability to raise campaign cash, particularly in light of the fact that her GOP opponent, Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, pledged to spend her own money to win the seat Chris Lee gave up after his Craigslist scandal.

In addition, businessman Jack Davis has said he’ll drop some $3 million of his own cash on his independent bid.

Hotline On Call reported this week that Hochul has raised more than $350,000 so far. The DCCC has yet to commit to assisting Hochul in her quest for a seat that 1) is in a GOP-dominated district, and 2) might not exist after the next round of redistricting.

The willingness of Maloney to help Hochul is a good sign for the candidate, perhaps signaling that Democrats outside the district are starting to take an interest in the race. Although, it would be better for her, of course, if DCCC Chairman Steve Israel, a Long Island congressman, was hosting this event.

Also on the host committee is former Congresswoman/NYC Comptroller Liz Holtzman and feminist/activist/author Gloria Steinem.

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