More money flows into New York special election
May 11th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
3 years ago

More money flows into New York special election

Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced a $250,000 TV ad buy Wednesday for the special election in New York's 26th district, according to a Democratic source, one day after the conservative group American Crossroads announced a $350,000 ad buy in the same district.

The May 24th special election that pits Republican New York State Assembly member Jane Corwin against Democrat Kathleen Hochul and independent Tea Party candidate Jack Davis, a conservative former Democrat, is becoming a referendum of sorts on the House GOP budget plan.

The National Republican Congressional Committee brought their Congressional big guns into the district for fundraisers, including House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and released web ads criticizing the records of Hochul and Davis.

A Wednesday NRCC web spot links Davis to President Obama and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

"Jack Davis' Democrats have their hands all over Washington; lets not hand them Western New York," the ad says.

Meanwhile, Hochul has criticized the Medicare privatization plan in Rep. Paul Ryan's budget passed by the House Republican majority. One Democratic source said the Medicare vote is hurting Republicans in the Western district, where Republican voters greatly outnumber Democratic voters.

"The 2012 House budget, that my Republican opponent supports, further fuels the profits oil companies," Hochul said in a statement. "House Republicans would rather gut alternative energy technologies and decimate Medicare, than cut subsidies for big oil. How is that competitive?"

Also Wednesday the conservative FreedomWorks Political Action Committee announced a campaign to expose "Jack Davis' real record as a big government liberal," even though he is running as an independent candidate.

"Out of respect for this decision, the candidates have a responsibility to be honest about their positions on the issues. Considering Jack Davis' leftist resume, his candidacy as a 'tea party' candidate is either a sad attempt to raise his own personal political profile or an underhanded strategy to hand the seat to the Democrat contender," FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe said in a statement. "Either way, it's a slap in the face to New York 26 voters and the larger tea party movement and FreedomWorks PAC will ensure that this message is delivered throughout the district in advance of the May 24th special election."

The seat was vacated amidst a high-profile scandal when Republican Rep. Chris Lee resigned in April after the website Gawker exposed correspondence the two-term married Congressman had with a woman via Craigslist. He allegedly sent a bare-chested photo of himself to the woman.

– CNN's Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report


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  1. Clwyd

    I pray to God that the voters have now seen the agenda of the conservative nut case teabuggers and that they will show more intelligence than they showed back in November when some of these racist nut cases got into office.?

    May 11, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  2. ben

    I have to ask New Yorkers, When you look at Cantor,Boehner, and Teaparty, "Do you actually believe these people? The Gop and Teaparty "Broke their promise of "JOBS"??? Lets not go down the same road, "For the nations sake? Please? Lets get rid of Wall Street gambling with "Pensions and our Medicare?

    May 11, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    This election is a referendum on the Republican agenda. A GOTP win should not be interpreted as an endorsement of their socially driven agenda. But, they will take it that way anyway.

    May 11, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    The fact the NRCC is targeting Jack Davis, the Tea Party's preferred candidate in this race, accusing him being part of the Obama adminstration shows how little they know about this area. Davis was a Republican until he failed to get the GOP nod a few years ago, mainly because of his oppostion to Free Trade: he is an opportunist and a crank, but he has a following that will siphon votes away from the GOP candidate, who rushed out and supported Ryan's plan on Medicare without seeing what it would do to the large and active bloc of seniors and baby-boomers in this district. Hochul has a real shot because there are a lot of people who will vote Democratic because they want to send a mesage to the GOP, and they are fed up with career candidates like Davis and Corwin's blind support of a plan that will shift the cost of healthcare to them in a region that has been decimated by GOP trade policies. This is not a big union area, but an region mainly of suburbs and rural towns: if this is a competitive race, its because the GOP arrogantly assumed it would be a walk. Lots of districts in NY became competitive because the GOP assumed they would stay in their column out of habit, and they are now leaning Dem or they are swing districts. No amount of outside money will change that. No one I talk to is excited by GOP candidates on any level, and its easy to see why once you get past the talking points and know the history of the area.

    May 11, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  5. ConservaFASCISTS

    House republicans voted in favor of Ryan's Medicare stripping budget. That's all democrats need to run on.

    May 11, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  6. GI Joe

    Sent money to the democrat. Not much, but we need to get rid of every corporate republican we can. Oh, and they want to kill medicare for our aging children. Kick the greedy bums out.

    May 11, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |