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. Brad of IL.

    Alot of this will be accounted to things like Acorn. Thanks to the Democrats and there history with this group all ballots must be looked at. Thanks to the Democrats all elections are or will have to go thru the courts . If Al Franken were to win his race fine but count all the votes the same. Look and make sure that counties didn't have more votes counted than voters. ( Acorn) Bring them in by the bus load and let them vote is not Democratic. If this were found to be the case , let the people who committed this fraud rot in jail a few yrs.

    April 15, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. NYmoderate

    I think it's "low" to change your views on things like gun control just to appease the political tide. Why are you suddenly ashamed of your guns now Kirsten? I've been a downstater for 38 years, trust me Kirsten, it's no more respectable than being an upstater. You should have stuck to your guns to maintain credibility. Oh well.

    April 15, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. Mark

    While the Republicans act whinny and the Democrats beat their chest the entire country is blind on what really matters most. They are the same party. HELLO!!! Do any of you that beat the drum for the party you support not realize that both parties have been parties for the rich and powerful.

    Look at the 1990's as a prime example. In a few short years under the Clinton administration more BILLIONAIRES were made than any other time in HISTORY!!! Where did the poor and middle class go in those years? Anyone want to take a stab at it?

    Okay I'll tell you. The standard of living went DOWN for the poor and middle class. How about in the 2000's? Do we really need to go there? How about the 1980's? Down as well. See a trend folks. Nothing will change in this country until a viable 3rd party is formed around this country. Let the extreme right and extreme left have their outdated two (really one) party system. Moderates and slight right and left people don't really have a party. Think about it folks. There is nothing for the moderates in this country anymore. To hell with the Democrats and to hell with the Republicans.

    April 15, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Minnesotan

    "New low for Republicans?" Why, my dear, Republicans have no limit to their bottom of the barrel tactics, ideas or policies. They're just like the Somali pirates who complain that you stopped their criminal actions. Totally pathetic.

    April 15, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. Uncle Jimbo

    Did'nt the lush Rush once say – Untill you win an election, just go sit down and shut up.

    April 15, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. Belgian Observer

    "Inevitable," states Senator Gillibrand? That word does not belong in a race separated by 50 votes without something fishy going on in this "democratic" process.

    By the way, do tell, Ms. Senator, how were you "democratically" elected to your current post? America's got a lot of nerve telling others how to run free and fair elections with these types mouthing off.

    April 15, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    The Republicans have hit rock bottom – and started digging.

    April 15, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. Bill B. Nancy, KY

    The sad Repugnantcans can't win anything anymore. Can you say regional party lol !!!

    April 15, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. Sammy

    The republican party wants to get a message out but things like this speak louder and the message gets drowned out. I'm really not sure what the motive is in this case.

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

    I hope this isn't an indication of what 2010 is going to be like. The GOP are such sore losers.

    April 15, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. Chloe

    What a mess the Republican party has become.

    April 15, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. T Mckinley

    If there is anything we should have learned from the November 2000 Presidential election, is that the Republican's don't care about democracy or who actually gets more votes.

    It's all about THEM, the Republicans, taking power.

    April 15, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. bill

    if all the republicans were gone this country would be so much better off. Just have to wait til they all die off. That won't take that long. Winipedia will to refer to the republican party as the hate party. Now extinct.

    April 15, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  14. A Citizen

    Do you mean a new low like Franken challenging Coleman? If absentee ballots can not be challenged, why did Franken do it? Or is this more of the Democrat double standard?

    April 15, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  15. Rob Wiolis

    They should be focusing on what they were elected for and not what the silly business like this.

    April 15, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Florida-2000, Ohio-2004, the Swift Boat Vets, Minnesota-2008 – and we're all surpried that the GOP, the party that gave you new lows in voter manipulation/gerrymandering, would be at it again?!?!?!

    I'm from Chicago, originally, and I thought their system was rife with corruption, at times. but they are rank amateurs compared to the "modern GOP" who will stop at nothing to rig the outcome, because as we all know, they are the only party that has all the answers – even to the questions that aren't being asked!

    Remember what Stalin said years ago "Victory goes to those who count the votes!"

    April 15, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. paul oregon

    G.O.P. the party of NO. the only way the american people can stop this B.S. is to get out and vote. instead of just complain. VOTE, VOTE.

    April 15, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. grue

    Wait a minute... She was in Albany that morning and couldn't be bothered to travel the 30 minutes to where she would have voted? WOW!

    I got to start voting absentee ballet when I’m to lazy to go to the polls

    April 15, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. annie - Palin 2012

    What is she worried about? I am sure acorn (acorn is a nut) has already fixed the election for her.

    April 15, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. In Rush We Trust

    There is no "new low" for the republican party. There is only "as low as necessary" when it comes to the GOP.

    April 15, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. pedro

    Wait...you mean Gillibrand isn't a Republican afterall?

    April 15, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. Matthew

    "Frivoluous and without Merit" is a fair description of her political career.

    April 15, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. zactus

    A new low? Seriously? Not only would Democrats do the exact same thing given the opportunity, but I'm pretty sure the Dems also passed a $700 billion bailout bill for failures, using our tax dollars, without even reading it. Now THAT is a new low.

    April 15, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. Samuel B.

    I just love how the Republicans whine on ad nauseum about the election that Norm Coleman LOST in Minnesota and compare it to the election that Tedisco is LOSING in New York. It's not even comparing apples to oranges, but more like comparing apples to rutabagas.

    From whining about obvious election results to staging silly tea party protests the Republicans continue to marginalize themselves as a regional party of rednecks and halfwits that is hopelessly out of touch with the rest of America.

    April 15, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. Kevin-Va

    Really, the question is, was it legal to do what she did, or did she want special treatment because she's (now) a senator?

    Unfortunately, the dems in control want everything "both ways" it's as if they're all "bi"

    April 15, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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