March 31st, 2009
01:15 PM ET
12 years ago

Boehner lowers expectations for NY-20

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Boehner called the congressional seat in New York's 20th district 'a Democrat seat.'"]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – As the special election got underway in New York's traditionally-Republican 20th congressional district, House Minority Leader John Boehner seemed to downplay his party's chances of reclaiming what he called a "Democrat seat."

GOP state assemblyman Jim Tedisco once held a comfortable lead over Democratic candidate Scott Murphy, but the race has tightened in recent weeks, and both national parties have poured resources into the contest. In the race's closing days, Tedisco's campaign was sharply critical of Murphy's support President Obama's stimulus plan, but Boehner told reporters Tuesday the district's vote should not be seen as a referendum on Republican policies in Washington.

"It is going to be a very close election, but it's between those two candidates up in New York. I hope Jim Tedisco wins," he said - but, he added, "it is a Democrat seat. President Obama won this seat during the presidential election last fall."

Filed under: John Boehner • NY-20
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. R in Maine

    Boehner is a loser, probably will be responsible for losing the seat.

    March 31, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. Brian Crooks

    So now Republicans can't win any seats currently held by Democrats and they're willing to concede in every district Obama won in the election in November? That's awesome!

    News flash, Boehner: you're supposed to downplay expectations before something like a primary race or a debate or a new poll number, not the ACTUAL ELECTION! Downplaying your result in an actual election is like losing the Super Bowl and saying "well, they're better than we are, we weren't supposed to win this game anyway."

    March 31, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. Maggie from Virginia

    When are we going to get the details of the GOP's alternative budget?

    March 31, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. Chris - Denver

    Does anyone know why John Boehner is orange? Just curious.

    Anyway, this is devastating for the GOP. NY 20 should be solidly Republican.

    March 31, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. Baze

    Boehner gets more pessimistic with every passing day. He even looks like a tired dog

    March 31, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. Diane Panama City Fl

    GOPer-speak translation: If GOPers win the seat, it would be an indictment of the President's stimulus package (their position when the race polls showed it going their way). If the GOPers lose, it is not an indictment of GOPers Washington obstructionist policies – it is a meaningless Democratic win.

    Isn't it amazing how the GOPers try to frame everything in a context whereby it is always a win for them, but never a loss for them. So, now in addition to being gutless, the GOPers are also now clueless.

    March 31, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. Paul Dobro

    Is he really that stupid and does not know Republicans far outnumber dems in this district? It is not a Dem seat and the House minority whip should know that. So why lie?

    March 31, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. katiec

    Although this is a strong republican area am hoping the voters are as sick of the republicans antics as most of us are. The do nothing but obstruct tactics are not what these politicians were elected to do.
    They must start putting our country, not party, first but most do not
    seem to acknowledge this. The only way for our country to survive
    is to get these hypocrits out of office.

    March 31, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. USMC - Mike

    Wasn't it the GoP who said this WAS going to be a referrendum on 2010?!

    These guys are clueless ...

    March 31, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. Gary

    He can't lower my expectations of him.

    March 31, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  11. Frank, Las Vegas

    More lies from Congressman Bonehead, I mean Boehner. This election is in a very heavy republican district, it's not a democrat seat as he lied about. He also said if the democrat wins it should not be seen as a "referendum on Republican policies in Washington". Sorry Rep. Bonehead, but that's exactly what it will be if the democrat wins in this republican district. The sad part of this story is that it shows just how stupid Rep. Bonehead and the rest of the GOP think the American people are, and no matter how many times the GOP has lost races, they still just don't get it. The American people time and time again all across our great country have overwhelmingly rejected the GOP failed policies and their tactics. One more thing, Rep. Bonehead will be gone in 2010 too.

    March 31, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    "Boehner told reporters Tuesday the district's vote should not be seen as a referendum on Republican policies in Washington." That's funny because you and Michael Steele were saying about how important this election was to the Republicans. So much so that you poured tons of money into it.

    March 31, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Thomas, Illinois

    Hey John! Can't wait to see your budget proposel tomorrow...

    March 31, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. EBC, Boyds MD

    Boehner is a CLOWN, this guy has ran his mouth so much, he has NO credibility at all. I think John Boehner spends too much time focusing on his tan line and his hair than working with the President in cleaning up his party's economic mess!!

    March 31, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. ch

    Boehner is the capitan of the Titanic.

    Him and the whole Republican party are going down thanks to their backward, evil, right wing agenda and party nuts like Palin, Limbaugh, Bachman, Cheney, Bush, Gingrich, McCain, etc.

    Not a sane or smart one in the whole lot!!

    March 31, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. No More Incumbents

    How can you get lower expections of politicians? They're already Lawyers......

    March 31, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. MaryanneAZ

    Spin, spin, spin .... Anything but the truth. Exile is a lonely, lonely place.

    March 31, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    Listen to George Hamilton not try to cover his butt on the NY20 congressional seat. this guy makes me sick ,where is your blue folder senator.

    March 31, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. Jane

    I wish the Republican congress members who do not have any electorate attachment to open state elections campaigns would attend to their own affairs. Being from Minnesota – I personally am so tired of the Texas senator opening his mouth and weighing in the the MN senate recount. It would actually be something if they would try to do something to help the entire country instead of their buddies..

    March 31, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  20. Erasmus


    So, the "majority" of Americans have that opinion of Democrats? I don't get it. If the "majority" have that opinion, then why did the Republicans get crushed in the November elections. Oh, are you one of those people who think that LOSING an election means that you actually won it?

    March 31, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  21. Will SouthDakota

    Boehner, McConnell and Cantor......what good are they are doing for all of America ?

    March 31, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
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