The Washington Times - November 4, 2011, 04:42PM

As speculation swirls in New York over which two of the state’s 29 congressional seats will be eviscerated next year because of redistricting, Long Island Rep. Steve Israel appears confident it won’t be his.

When a reporter asked the Democratic lawmaker at a media briefing Friday which Democratic districts are likely candidates for elimination, he smiled, paused and then playfully quipped, “Not mine” — evoking a round of laughter from the press gaggle.

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“Right now it’s just rumor on rumor on rumor, it’s speculation on speculation on speculation, it’s guesswork, guesswork, guesswork — that doesn’t help you and it just doesn’t help anybody,” said Mr. Israel, who serves as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the fundraising and recruiting arm of House Democrats.

“The best I can tell you is, not mine,” he said.

It’s widely believed Democrats will lose a New York City area or Long Island district, with Republicans sacrificing an upstate seat.