An interesting article from April 8th, 2008 New York Times.
G.O.P. Struggles to Find Candidates for Congress
WASHINGTON — Republican leaders are struggling to recruit candidates for Congressional races in the New York region, reflecting a problem for the party in other pockets of the country and giving Democrats an opportunity to build on the gains they made in the area in the last election.
Representative Thomas M. Reynolds, Republican of New York, announcing last month that he would not seek a sixth term.
Heading into this election cycle, Republican leaders in Washington identified dozens of Congressional seats they believed they could pick up in November’s election — some where Democrats narrowly won a first term in 2006, and others where Democrats represent Republican-leaning districts.