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. dan in Tucson

    The Republican's are scraping for whatever they can get after the voters had enough of their policies and corruption. In reality, George W. really put people over the edge so if the Republican's want anyone to blame....

    April 15, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    If the GOP really cared about all Americans they would stop feeding troubled Americans with false propaganda and hate.

    April 15, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. Briordy Meyers

    You guys have to be kidding. I'm an Obama neighbor and former Cook County Attorney–can anybody say Alice Palmer or Bobby Rush? How do you think Obama got to the IL State Senate? It was all electioneering...I don't even necessarily disagree with Gillibrand about the GOP tactics but its not like they're uniquely GOP. The President of the United States forged his resume with them in Chitown.

    April 15, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Hadley V Baxendale

    Rebublicans hit new lows daily. They will do something worse tomorrow.

    April 15, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. Tulsa L

    There are many good tax paying Democrats, we pay our taxes just like you Republicans, it's just that we care more for the less fortunate people of this country than you Republicans do, you don't give a crap about other people just about lining your own pockets.........Republicans and their party stand for GREED & POWER HUNGRY .......

    April 15, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Marvin Hunter

    Thats the Republican way of doing business, if they can't win honest
    they will stoop to anyway!

    April 15, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. Truth Hurts

    Republicans gone wild!! LOL

    April 15, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. Ron - Saint Louis

    It's amazing that no matter how badly tarnished the GOP brand has become, they continue to find new ways to do even more damage. If the DNC was their own worst enemy in the 70's, 80's, and 90's, the the GOP has certainly inherited that curse in the 21st century. Even Al Quadi knows to lay low every now and then and just let things take their natural course.

    April 15, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. Vet in PA

    Would be nice if people were a bit more factual: this situation is entirely different than Minnesota – Franken did NOT challenge the election; it was automatically taken into a recount by state law because it was so close.

    Hopefully this ridiculous challenge will be ended shortly.

    Time to focus on solutions, not adding to the problems.

    April 15, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. Palin fan...NOT

    What a bunch of kids.

    April 15, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. Kevin-Va

    I'm an "Arrogantly-Guilty" American for not buting into the hype. Have you ever noticed the famous Obama painting by Shepard Fairey, is eerily reminescent of the famous socialist, Che Guevera's, in that sort of blended color format?

    Seems like two socialists of the same ilk; "but nobody ever noticed!"

    April 15, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. S.M

    Why should we be surprised by what the GOP does? This is just how they operate because they have no class and no direction.

    Why aren't they raising hell about some of the wealthy who were hiding their money off shore from the government? If they wish to raise hell or protest, than get out of the sandbox and protest about those issues that are legit.

    April 15, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. I laugh at Limbaugh daily

    I love to watch the republicans chew at their own legs like a muskrat in a trap.It serves them right and makes my day.

    April 15, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. still not paid to blog

    Between their graceless post-election antics and their most un-American teabagging, the GOP does not appear to be able to stop shooting themselves in the foot. Graciousness would go a long way for them. Instead, the GOP seems hell-driven to more humiliating defeats. Political scientists will look back at this period as a lesson on how to destroy your political party.

    April 15, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. Carmen

    They are doing the same here in Minnesota. They are on their second appeal. Two courts have said Norm lost and he is appealing again.

    April 15, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Anonymous


    April 15, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. southerncousin

    Nothing the libs hate worse than a fair election. Look how the adore Cuba and Venezuala. ACORN just didn't cheat enough Could it be possible that the Chicago style of voting and counting ballots that gave us Obama and Blago is being challenged. If it is how would the libs ever win an election. They better go to George Soros to get more bribe money.

    April 15, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. Jason

    The lowest of the lowlives is a conservative and the worst of the lot are the RUSHTAPO. These are the same people that had no poblm giveing 18 bn in bonuses to the CEO's during the Bush era but threw in a fit upon the average American being helped by the Obama administration.

    April 15, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. JML

    republicans and "new lows" right.................................when were they ever on a "high" NOT since President Lincoln.

    April 15, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Dave-in-Georgia

    The GOP is about as EVIL, as an organization can be. They don't believe in a Democracy. They, simply, want to rule without any regard to the wishes of the Citizens.

    April 15, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. grahame

    The more the Republicans dies the louder they will get. The Republican party is in it's death throws. I just hope with all my heart and soul that they completely fade away to just a shallow scream of pain. Thank you for George W Bush and his gang for bringing this about. How many brave American service men and women di Bush sacrifice upon the altar of his ego.

    April 15, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. Travis

    So all Democrats are lazy. Got to get back to work. Many of you depend on me to feed and cloth you.

    April 15, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. AP in Illinois

    The GOP is no longer a good faith partner in governing this nation.

    You lost the election. Get over it. The American people are tired of your ideas that no one other than party zealots care about.

    Things you need to move on from...

    Trickle Down economics – it didn't work, find another idea for the economy..

    Big Oil – Drill Baby Drill did not win the hearts and minds of Americans. Plus it won't work. Time to start a greener GOP.

    Being a Sore Loser – You won the big prize in 2000 and told us to get over it. Now it's your turn to return the favor. Smile and be gracious and you will instantly win some votes next time.

    Victim politics – any time something doesn't break your way you complain and MANUFACTURE a reason that it's not your fault. It's time to take responsibility for your failures. Do that and you will get some more votes next time.

    Mean Spiritedness – Anyone who listens to Hannity, Limbaugh or Coulter is turned off by the shrillness and partisanship. It's not even an argument. It's dictation to the masses. Time to get some new spokespeople for the party.

    My way or the Highway – Americans are tired of being dictated to. How about trying a real discussion of your ideas with the American people. But you have to get some ideas that appeal to people. Just saying you aren't going to compromise is not going to work anymore. Compromise is the bedrock of democracy that this country was built on. I haven't seen any from the GOP in years.

    April 15, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. chris

    I saw this coming the moment they didn't announce the winner that day they had elections.......

    April 15, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. Steve

    I am a Republican and live in a Democratic area. The Dems around Northeastern PA are corrupt and two Democrat judges are going to be going to Federal prison for making money by previously sending juveniles to a detention center which they had involvement with. Numerous federal investigations are going on.

    Besides that, taxes are high where I live, from pay check to property taxes, to garbage fees to sewer maintenance, every Democrat has their hand in my pocket and I'm getting tired of being taxed around 50 to 60% to support a bunch of Dems who can sit online and post on message boards all day (I'm at work on my lunch).

    April 15, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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