April 15th, 2009
02:56 PM ET
12 years ago

Gillibrand: GOP stooping to 'new low' over ballot challenge

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/15/art.gillibrand.gi.jpg caption="Gillibrand said the GOP is stooping to a 'new low.'"](CNN) - New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand accused Republicans of stooping to a "new low" Wednesday amid reports GOP lawyers have challenged her ballot in the election to name her successor in the state's 20th congressional district.

"Their latest move to challenge my ballot is part of a much larger attempt to disenfranchise legal Democratic voters and delay Scott Murphy's inevitable victory in the 20th," she said in a op-ed on the Huffington Post.

The Albany Times Union first reported on Tuesday lawyers for Republican Jim Tedisco objected to Gillibrand's absentee ballot because the senator was in the district on Election Day.

Thousands of absentee ballots remain to be counted in the special election called to fill the congressional seat vacated by Gillibrand when she was appointed to the Senate. As of Tuesday, Tedisco trails by just under 50 votes.

A spokeswoman for Gillibrand said the senator requested an absentee ballot because she did not expect to be able to vote at her polling location because Senate votes were scheduled that day.

"The Republican's challenge is frivolous and without merit," said Gillibrand spokeswoman Bethany Lesser in a statement to CNN.

Lesser also noted New York state law allows a voter to request an absentee ballot if he or she has an expectation to be absent on Election Day. State law further says a voter must intend to be outside of their home county on election day, not the congressional district as a whole. Though Gillibrand was in the 20th congressional district on the evening of Election Day, she did not enter her home county, Lesser said.

Lawyers for Tedisco have not returned CNN's request for comment.

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soundoff (291 Responses)
  1. So Tired of This

    Okay. Setting the record straight.
    Al Franken did not challenge the election results. It was an automatic recount – which showed that he won. Norm just can't accept it.

    To those holding tea parties – read your history before you go on about taxation without representation for Pete's sake. Do you have any idea what you are talking about? Or do you just not want to repair roads and support schools? Do you fill in the holes in your road just in front of your house?

    April 15, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. JB

    Guess what???? This is exactly how Obama got elected in Chicago, by getting everyone else kicked off the ballot. So who's low is this? The GOP's new low, or the democrats OLD low?

    April 15, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. Ann

    The Rethuglicans will stoop lower. Every time you think the Rethuglicans cannot 'stoop lower' they find a way to do it. Rethuglicans are an embarassament.

    April 15, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. Bob

    I can't wait until Al Franken and Scott Murphy are seated.

    When that is accomplished all I have to do is bend over and kiss my money goodbye. You all live in a fairyland of spending.

    I would love to see a true accounting of democrat real dollar bill giving to the poor versus republican. All you guys do is donate your time so you can write it off on your taxes. You would be blown away by the difference in real dollar giving. All you do is talk good but without your pocketbook. You want it to be the pocketbook of the taxpayer.

    I am starting to realize that with power comes responsibility. Don't become another Reich that ridicules free speech and the right to due process when you are criticized.

    April 15, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. Charley

    The new GOP motto:
    "we've got nothing"

    As a NYC Democrat I am impressed over and over again by Sen. Gillibrand – surprisingly so.

    April 15, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. Not Erastus Corning

    Tedisco didn't even have a home in the district until he decided to run. What a load of baloney.

    April 15, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. jjr

    My question is...what are the rules? Whether you are a republican or democrat, what are the rules? Did she break them?

    April 15, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. get a grip

    oh, it's ok when that clown FRANKEN(STEIN) challenges, but if it's the GOP.......different rules apply?

    April 15, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. Brian

    why do people keep going on about the USA being a democracy? The USA is not and has never been a democracy. People need to re-read their high school text books

    April 15, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. fletc3her

    Why do Republicans hate everything that America stands for?

    April 15, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. Myassis Dragon

    Who pays all of the GOP lawyers? For this silly suit they thought up, and can now appeal ad infinitum, and the travisty that is happening in Minnesota? Where does the money come from to pay all of these legal fees?

    April 15, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  12. Kenny

    The GOP cannot do anything right these days......even loosing elections and bowing out honorably is too hard.

    April 15, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. John of 20th District

    When I saw that Murphy was down to an 8 vote lead I was really excited. I hope he wins by one vote. I wrote Sundwall the Libertarian candidate who was axed from the ballot by the Republicans. I refuse to vote Republican despite my conservative financial values due to the rest of the BS that goes along with their far fetched illusion that the Republicans stand for less government and thriftiness. We need a new Fiscal Conservative Party in the US and dump the chumps!

    April 15, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. Farrell Hathaway

    We all should have 'gotten it' that laws in the USA apply only to republicans; democrats do not have to comply with law, and they don't.
    If this continues, we will all become democrats and then nobody will abide by any laws. What will Obama do then when we all refuse to comply with the congress' new law that proclaims him the First US Dictator?

    April 15, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. Zion

    It's amazing how Republicans want to holler about cheating. You cheated the last bozo in and now you can't make it out of the proverbial wilderness. You are trying to cheat Al Coleman out of his seat, and now Gillibrand.

    April 15, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. jon,philadelphia

    So what is so new about Republicans stooping to new lows. They have been taking the super low road ever since Gingrich got them going in the mid 90's.
    They have proved beyond any shadow of a doubt that they do not have the welfare of the American people at heart, only theiorown.

    April 15, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. Andi

    Any registered voter is eligible to vote in the early balloting or absentee balloting, regardless of where they plan to be on Election Day. Don't believe me? You can look it up on your local governments' web sites.

    April 15, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. Michael in Ventura,CA

    This really isn't a "new low" for the gop...They've been doing this for years. The republicans- the party of FAMILY VALUES- have no value!
    'They lost for a reason, and if they don't stop the same old tricks- they will keep losing. People who think are tired of it!

    April 15, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. Todd

    As a legal matter: she's right, they're wrong, case closed. Since we really do need intelligence and competence in government, we should assess which candidates/parties are actually correct in such disputes - perhaps not that important of an issue here, but do we really want people who cannot correctly analyze a simple law running things, or the people who can. (and if they can correctly analyze but are dishonestly raising the challenge anyways, that's pretty bad too...)

    April 15, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. R in Maine

    The attempts of the GOP to disenfranchise their opposition are disgusting. It will be decades before they are considered to be an effective and loyal opposition.

    April 15, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. GOPer

    I want my party back. I am sick and tired of the cowards running the GOP. Having Rush as a spokesperson is a total train wreck, he cares only about himself and not his country, he wants people to fail so he looks good.

    April 15, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. SHIRLEY "60"

    Just keep it up republicans. The more foolishness you perform, the more you are insured that your party disintegrates. More and more people will continue to see how much you have contributed to the destruction of this country and the world.

    April 15, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  23. Scott

    Leave it to Republicans to make up the laws when the actual laws don't serve their purposes. Keep up the good work Republicans and we'll be seeing you in the funny pages.

    April 15, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  24. Scott, Mizzou

    Down with GOP!!! Americans with a clue have had enough. Stubborn Americans who can't see through lies and fear can just keep complaining about Obama. They just make themselves look foolish everyday. When you have Newt, Rush, and Palin running the show for you, you get the circus you asked for. Can't wait for next years elections, get the rest of the whiners and loosers out!!!

    April 15, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  25. Leilani

    I was watching local television here in Los Angeles and there was a round table of republicans discussing the issues from their perspective.

    At the end, one of the participants said "republicans lost and we need to accept the fact and get over it".

    April 15, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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