April 3rd, 2009
01:14 PM ET
5 years ago

Democrats warn that GOP is trying to 'steal' New York election like 2000

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Congressional Democrats are hopping mad that Republicans are accusing them of trying to "steal" the special election in New York's 20th congressional district.

In a fundraising e-mail sent to supporters of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Friday, Democratic strategist Paul Begala called the accusation the "granddaddy of hypocrisy" and blamed the GOP for stealing the 2000 presidential election.

"The same party that stole an entire Presidential election in 2000 and is right now still trying to steal a Senate race in Minnesota just sent this outrageous e-mail to their supporters," wrote Begala, who is a CNN contributor.

The fundraising e-mail Begala referenced was sent out by the campaign organization of House Republicans on Wednesday. It warned: "Don't let the Democrats steal this election."

Begala, soliciting donations, said the DCCC "legal team is already on the ground fighting the Republicans' despicable attempts to steal another election."

Ken Spain, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, responded that "Democrats aren't happy unless they are running against George W. Bush" and said they continue to be consumed by an old election.

"They want to obsess about the 2000 election eight years later, but they can't take it when Republicans point out the facts about them trying to replicate their shady win-at-all-costs tactics in New York," Spain said. "We aren't going to let them pull a Franken on Jim Tedisco and now they are responding with panic-ridden emails to their liberal supporters."


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  1. Rich

    Begala is right. Why aren't they letting Senator Al Franken take his rightful place in the U.S. Senate? The Republicans are still trying to steal that election in Minnesota, and they did steal the presidential election in 2000, giving us 8 years of Bush. 7 out of 9 Supreme Court justices at the time were Republicans, and 5 of them were partisan enough to anoint Bush our dictator for 4 years despite him getting less votes (including getting less votes in Florida). Republicans need to stop messing around and just let our democracy work. Senator John Cornyn of Texas doesn't want Senator Al Franken seated, ever, just because Cornyn is a conservative Republican and Franken is a liberal Democrat. Honestly it is April and we still have an unresolved election from the start of November. This is an embarrassment. I hope this New York Congressional race is not as screwed up as the endless Minnesota recount, and actually ends with someone winning the election and taking office instead of lasting forever with no winner.

    April 3, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. pam Eugene OR

    I think "panic-ridden" is a bit overstated. If anyone is panicked it is the Republicans.
    I am sure Democrats will continue to recall the 2000 election results because the Republican did indeed STEAL that election and the outcome has been proven to be toxic for America.
    It is not surprising that Republican need to resort to lies in an attempt to raise money.

    April 3, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. zac

    It will not work republicans

    April 3, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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