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.

Filed under: Kirsten Gillibrand
soundoff (291 Responses)
  1. obama/mama

    GOP can't get any lower.

    April 15, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. Wynter

    Whats next Republicans? You want to start "profiling" voters before they vote? If they are Democrats then they go to the end of the line?

    This sandbagging by the Republican Party has got to stop! It's time they realized that "its over!" They lost the Presidency, they lost the Senate and they lost the House. They are no longer in charge and should "FOR ONCE!" shut up, sit down, and behave! This is a democracy, not a schoolyard where bullies can push the majority around.

    Get some backbone Republicans! This is America! Keep it that way!

    April 15, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. Independent in the Land of Lakes

    Wow! Speaking of hate....look at the comments of these supposed compassionate, intelligent, forward-thinking Demmies...hhhmmmm...gotta be Repubs in disguise!
    But, where was all this passion/emotion/accusations when Franken-stein was doing the same and much worse here in Minnesota. Though Coleman isn't the ideal candidate, we are ashamed that a clown such as Franken was even in the race! And he obviously had the courts and board of elections in his pocket.
    But, for those Dems throwing stones from glass houses over this, the low supposedly reached by the tactics of the Republicans is only surpassed by your hypocrisy!

    April 15, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. Doug, New Jersey

    The ticker is great, Americans in the good decent areas get to be exposed to the nasty, dishonest, immoral, hateful liberal way of thinking, acting, and treating others. If reading it doesn't do it for you, please come to a blue area like Jersey and witness people like Lee first hand. To see the way they drive and how they put lives at risk every day of their lives shows you who the lib truly is.

    April 15, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. bill

    are we suprised. Being nasty is a way of life. It started back in the 90's with their "gays in the military! gay's in the military! gay's in the military! also enter rush and more garbage.....here's whats different now-the democrats and the rest of society are sick of it. It's easy to spot a republican cause all they know how to do is repeat rush. Now instead of taking any crap from a republican i'll tell him or her off in a heartbeat. It's ok tho-they'll be extinct in about 5 years. They should consult their star joe the plumber for for advise. republicans are just sick. period

    April 15, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. Nevada Independant

    This is going on?
    This is important to someone?
    She voted using an absentee ballot and then was not absentee... and this is a problem why????

    April 15, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    This is frivolous, how desperate can they get. These kinds of crazy tricks just makes things harder on them in the future.

    April 15, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Typical Republican behavior! They are childish to a fault and Their tactics are pathetic and totally desperate.

    April 15, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. Some guy

    I always vote third party in local, state and congressional elections if one is on the ticket. Whether they're Libertarian, Green, Communist, Martian or whatever. Presidential elections, I'm a lesser of 2 evils Democrat. We got to start stacking the deck with folks who have had it with the 2 big parties. Have a nice day.

    April 15, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. Drew

    I for one HOPE the Republicans keep acting like 6 year olds who got an ice cream cone taken away from them...between these stupid tea parties, the Coleman/Franken fiasco in Minnesota, and their childish criticism without offering alternatives indicates that the longer they act like this the more their absence in Washington is protracted...that's fine by me.

    April 15, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. Veronica

    Did the Republicans forget that they got trounced in the 2006 and 2008 elections. Give me a break. They stole the 2000 Presidential Election, tried to steal the Minnesota Senate seat from Senator Al Franken and now the New York's 20th District. I hope the GOP loses more seats in 2010

    April 15, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. roy elliott

    Remember , that most Democrat don't pay taxes ..they live off the taxes paid by working Americans.Democrats DO not believe in personal responsibility as long as they blame someone else!!

    April 15, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. Mississippi Mike

    Oh, the irony. Franken LOST the Minnesota election and then challenged it. Coleman is defending the election he rightfully WON on election night.

    Tedisco trails by less than fifty votes and is asking that the absentee ballots be counted, how is that "a new low?" Is there no smear the DNC won't carelessly publicize?

    April 15, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. REED

    The GOP is desperate...they will try anything to get elected.

    April 15, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. DT

    I love how they are handind the next election to Obama...he doesnt even have to campaign for reeclection jus have people focus on this group od idiots...Obama should have no problem with securin another 4 years. Repubs dont blame him or dems...blame your own party...

    April 15, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  16. Jeff W.

    Is it just me or has anyone noticed that the GOP have just been reprehensible since Obama was elected? Not a day goes by where there isn't yet another story about the GOP acting like goons.

    April 15, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. REG

    Remember the 2000 election, the GOP just knows that given enough time they can manipulate the results.

    April 15, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. Simpliticus

    The Grand Old Party should now be called the Grand Objectionist Party due to its efforts to forestall democratic processes. Minnesota is one thing but to do this all over the place is like a dog which does it all over the place and it is getting Grand Old Party! It is one thing to perform this way under the last president and get away with it but entirely another thing to continue its foul methods. Republicans are the pirates of the American party system, they are a foul brood!

    April 15, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. sb

    New low? I didn't think the Repubs could get any lower than they already are.

    April 15, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. ErikS.

    Same story when it comes to recounts, republicans who do it, their challenges are frivolous and without merit and the most overly used democratic trigger word "disenfranchise" oooh! When Democrats cry recount republuicans are destroying the constitution and are sore losers.

    April 15, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. VernisRobertson

    Those Republicans are desperate now . They will try anything to get in office to run this country in the ground. Those Republicans tricks are played out now people are falling for the crap anymore.

    April 15, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. Wynter

    I'm sorry kiddies. To those that are brushing this off as something both parties would stoop to just look at Minnesota. If you investigated it as much as I have you would note that the whole Norm Coleman crap was pure nonsense. And the Democrats have never pulled this bad of a stunt against a Republican candidate. If so, prove it and say so. Otherwise, "stifle it, edith!!"

    April 15, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. sah0604

    I'm so sick of hearing how the Republicans are great big bullies and aren't supposed to fight for what's right. Maybe we should continue to look the other direction while our GREAT leader brankrupts the country. I guess we all would rather hear about how great their new dog is rather than how he plans to pay for this crazy stimulus plan. Instead of complaining about how picked on the Democrats are, why don't we come up with a way that our children aren't crippled by our frivolity. Just a thought!

    April 15, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. Truth Hurts

    Conservatives lows are their highs and this is not surprising. And I want to know where was the tea parties over George Bush out of control spending, lies about Iraq, and corruption? Tell me wheres the tea parties for that and I will be the first one in line!! Michael Steele is a joke and will never get the support of the minorities or anybody with good sense!! Now have a cup of tea on that!! LOL The conservatives are still in shock over the election. Well, get over it!!

    April 15, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. doc

    hmmm, so the liberals dont like it when the tactics they used during the bush administration are used on them.....too funny

    April 15, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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