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."