May 18th, 2010
11:13 PM ET
5 years ago

Steele responds to GOP loss in Pennsylvania special election

Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, issued the following statement about the special election in Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district.

(read the full statement after the jump)

“While we had hoped for a better result, Republican Tim Burns ran an excellent campaign in one of the bluest of congressional districts. Despite the fact that Pennsylvania’s 12th district has been a Democratic stronghold for more than thirty years and Democratic voters outnumber Republicans by more than 2 to 1, Republican Tim Burns pushed his Democratic opponent to the wire by campaigning against the liberal agenda of national Democrats. Democrat Mark Critz sought to distance himself from virtually every major issue on the Democrats’ unpopular legislative agenda. Now he’s headed to Washington, D.C., to join President Obama and Nancy Pelosi in passing more bailouts, more “stimulus” packages and more reckless government expansions – the very policies that prevent southwestern Pennsylvania from achieving the economic recovery they deserve. This race should serve notice to Democratic officeholders everywhere that no seat is safe and that voters will not accept business-as-usual.”

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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. BlueDem1

    Go ahead and CRY, Michael. You thought you had a sure-win and you boy just had his tail beat.

    May 18, 2010 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  2. DC Johnny

    All past blunders aside, Steele is dead on. Burns ran a campaign similar to Obama in 2008, promising to look out for everyone, and promising not to fall for the same mistakes as the "current" establishment. Just wait for him to get to DC and cozy up to the establishment and become part of it.

    You got duped in 2010 just like you got duped in 2008. The rest of America will have another few months to solidify their opposition, and Burns will be part of the slim majority in 2010 and the minority in 2012. What goes around comes around.

    May 18, 2010 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  3. 'Bama Grandma

    Seems the voters chose the Dems over rethugs, the people have spoken

    May 18, 2010 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  4. ed

    We Americans are looking for a painless way out of a mess of our owne making . The tea party , Republicans and Left democrats have no answers except more of the same . Grow up people it's time to pay the piper .

    May 18, 2010 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  5. Dave

    In November the people will go against the incumbent, and the results will be different! This guy will follow Obama's orders and will be toasted!

    May 18, 2010 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  6. J. Samuel Cook

    So much for the GOP takeover...

    May 18, 2010 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  7. Laurence, Santa Barbara, CA

    Mr. Steele, it appears as if this race ONLY served notice to the republicans who insist that the sky(America) is falling with the democrats in control. Quit creating paranoia in our society and start creating some visible and viable results in our country. The party of "no" received the people's vote of "no." Take heed.

    May 18, 2010 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  8. Russell

    Fear, lies, and corporate funding have been defeated by the people. On to November with truth and victory.

    May 18, 2010 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  9. Thomas Fletcher Sr

    I am at a loss as to what Mr Steele was getting to. The Democrat won. The people spoke.

    May 18, 2010 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  10. vwrtb

    We can not afford more crippling republican policy period! Vote no to the party of no in November...

    May 18, 2010 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  11. Jasper

    Off course I will vote Democratic. Why should I take my chances with the party that ruined this country when they controlled the House, Senate and the Presidency for eight years. The Republicans would like to paint as the hope for America. Really? We still remember what you did when you were in charge. Don't fool us!

    May 18, 2010 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  12. Jasper

    Off course I will vote Democratic. Why should I take my chances with the party that ruined this country when they controlled the House, Senate and the Presidency for eight years. The Republicans would like to paint themselves as the hope for America. Really? We still remember what you did when you were in charge. Don't fool us!

    May 18, 2010 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  13. Dr. David Green

    What a hypocrite Michael Steele is. Does he really think voters have forgotten that the very first bailout was engineered by his darlings George W. Bush and "Hank" Paulson? Does he really think voters are so stupid that they want to go back to the policies that created this economic mess?

    Fortunately for America, voters are brighter than he gives them credit for being.

    May 18, 2010 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  14. CR

    The GOP failed. It's a district that tilted to McCain over Obama in 2008. If they can't flip it they're screwed in November.

    May 18, 2010 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  15. Larry

    Steele, you lying moron.

    Critz's victory is just signs of things to come in November.

    May 18, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  16. Dr. Wil Burns

    This statement is inane on so many levels:

    1. The bluest Congressional district? It was the ONLY district in the U.S. that shifted from the Democrats to the Republicans in the last Presidential election;
    2. A win in a district won by McCain in a year in which Democrats are under siege send a message that voters won't accept the status quo?

    What is Steele smoking?

    May 18, 2010 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  17. Gil

    The Party of No is going nowhere when it lets the right wing nut cases take it over. Mr. Paul is like his father. A right wing nut case that will only be lucky to get 60% , if that, of his own parties votes as the moderates and liberals desert in flocks!

    May 18, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  18. Captain D

    It also shows that you're not the man of Steel, Steele. You're the kryptotonic disasterous leader of a has been party, the Repugnantcans. All that money you and your special interests poured into this race only to have you butts handed to you. Get the the jelly ready for November. Cuz you're gonna get screwed again.

    May 18, 2010 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  19. John TX

    Steele, your hot air isn't worth a grain of salt. I hope the Dems kick ass all the way! Your party of NO has done nothing for us middle class and you know that.

    May 18, 2010 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  20. Tom Goodwin

    "This race should serve notice to Democratic officeholders everywhere that no seat is safe and that voters will not accept business-as-usual.”
    Uh huh... righto Mike. The Republicans remind me of a bunch of bugs whoopin' it up in an Orkin Ad.

    May 18, 2010 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  21. steve

    Typical GOP response! Democrats have held on to 4 house seats(CA,FL,NY &PA). America is angry at the party of NO that holds up real reform, change and aid to our unemployed (eg Senator Bunning and Coburn)

    May 18, 2010 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  22. John

    What Steele really meant is "how the heck did we lose in a district with lots of conservative Democrats?"

    This race did serve notice, Mr. Steele. Notice that you don't have quite the momentum you thought you had.

    May 18, 2010 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  23. Susan

    " This race should serve notice to Democratic officeholders everywhere that no seat is safe and that voters will not accept business-as-usual.” ~Steele

    He sounds delusional. He does know that the Democrat won, right?

    May 18, 2010 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  24. Thomas Michael Howard

    Steele's problem is emblematic of the Republicans. If you're not hard right, then you'e not a real American. But, to Mr. Steele and his ilk, I say that had the Conservative view prevailed in the late 1700's, we'd still be a colony. Remember the Tories, Mr. Steele? Conservatism has never advanced the well-being of any society that embraced it.

    May 18, 2010 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  25. Goerghe Orwellian

    Lol, Chairmen Steele must have been a bricklayer in a past life, cuz he sure can stack it high.

    May 18, 2010 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
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