Ratigan Announces Run For Congressional SeatPosted: Updated:
A full room of people listened in Saranac Lake as native son Dylan Ratigan said he wants to make the system work for people like them.
But first, he has to win a Democratic primary to run for the 21st Congressional District seat held by Republican Elise Stefanik.
“At the end of the day, I'm not running for a party. I'm running for the district and for the leadership in America to become more serious. And I'm asking you to give me an opportunity,” said Ratigan.
Ratigan anchored his own show on MSNBC and was a commentator on CNBC. He was known for populist rants saying wealth is being stolen from communities across America.
And he's still dropping what he calls “bombshells.” He did drugs in college, he says.
“Yeah, you wanna know what else? I've never voted in my life,” he said.
Then he explained why somebody who spent a life reporting on finance and politics would do that.
“The two choices that are available to me don't reflect the potential leadership in this country and it disgusts me,” he said.
The question now is will Ratigan's star power drive other Democrats out of the race?
There are now nine Democrats in all vying for the chance to run against Elise Stefanik in the fall.
Stefanik should prove a formidable candidate for whatever Democrat gets the party's nod. She has at times bucked Republican orthodoxy on issues, positioning herself as a centrist in the sprawling district.