May 18th, 2010
11:13 PM ET
10 years ago

Steele responds to GOP loss in Pennsylvania special election

Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, issued the following statement about the special election in Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district.

(read the full statement after the jump)

“While we had hoped for a better result, Republican Tim Burns ran an excellent campaign in one of the bluest of congressional districts. Despite the fact that Pennsylvania’s 12th district has been a Democratic stronghold for more than thirty years and Democratic voters outnumber Republicans by more than 2 to 1, Republican Tim Burns pushed his Democratic opponent to the wire by campaigning against the liberal agenda of national Democrats. Democrat Mark Critz sought to distance himself from virtually every major issue on the Democrats’ unpopular legislative agenda. Now he’s headed to Washington, D.C., to join President Obama and Nancy Pelosi in passing more bailouts, more “stimulus” packages and more reckless government expansions – the very policies that prevent southwestern Pennsylvania from achieving the economic recovery they deserve. This race should serve notice to Democratic officeholders everywhere that no seat is safe and that voters will not accept business-as-usual.”

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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Texas Liberal

    Is Michael Steele delusional ???
    This win is the SEVENTH straight consecutive win for Democrats in special Congressional races since 2008. The GOP hasn't won a SINGLE special Congressional race. NONE. ZERO. NADA.
    There seems to be a real "disconnect" between Republican leadership and the grassroots voters who are saying that we're tired of Corporate America trying to control our Democracy and our Government. That was the real message sent tonight.

    May 19, 2010 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  2. Pat

    LMAO ...Steele you could try to spin it anyway you want. THE FACT IS THE REPUBLICANS L O S T.

    I'll also take this moment to inform you republicans that Rand Paul received waaaaaaay less votes in the Kentucky primary than Conway won in the Kentucky Democratic primary. LOL You do the math KENTUCKY HERE WE COME!!!

    May 19, 2010 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  3. Seth

    I told you the Tea-Party threat is just a myth –
    It's only the Republicans have to worry about the Tea-Partiers, they are just Republicans eating Republicans.
    Tea-Party/Republicans=permanent minority

    May 19, 2010 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  4. John A.

    Overly condensed and paraphrased: 'You should be scared because we lost.'

    Get a new spin doctor.

    May 19, 2010 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I think that it helped that Mark Critz was a staffer and knew the people there.

    May 19, 2010 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  6. Carolyn webb

    Mr steele is lying as usual which is business as usual for re pig licans

    May 19, 2010 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  7. Republicans Lie

    LIAR! "One of the bluest districts"? Then why is rated a Partisan Voting Index of R+1? And why did John McCain carry it in 2008? Steel lies. Republicans think voters are stupid. And they'd have to be stupid to believe the tripe they peddle. Thankfully, the voters in Congressman-elect Critz's district are smarter than Steele gives them credit for.

    May 19, 2010 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  8. David Sprecker

    Funny how when you lose, which I think means more people voted for the other person – it apparently means the people didn't know who they were voting for. Of course when you win, even by a vote or two, it means everyone wanted your person, your party. Isn't this called S P I N or BS?

    May 19, 2010 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  9. Will

    No, it should serve notice to you that your party will win less seats in midterm history!! Chump!!

    May 19, 2010 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  10. John Nguyen

    Michael Steele keeps attacking the stimulus package because it does not provide the stimulus he was looking for–like more bondage club hopping. That's titillation, Mr. Steele, not economic stimulation. Don't read too much (of the tea leaves) into it.

    May 19, 2010 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  11. Jon

    how many times tonight is Michael Steele going to argue that no seat is safe and that voters will not accept business-as-usual?

    May 19, 2010 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  12. Julie

    Nice try on the spin Mr. Steele. McCain, a Republican, won the 12th district just eighteen months ago. Tim Burns lost because he had nothing positive to offer. Being the "Party of No" does nothing to solve our country's problems. And, we have not yet forgotten that the last time the GOP controlled the White House and congress, they doubled our national debt, started 2 wars, and trashed our economy.

    May 19, 2010 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  13. Bob Pacific Grove, Ca

    Steele...Man up...You lost after pouring a million dollars into this race....McCain won this District handily in '08. This defeat was huge for the GOP AND you as well......Get a good night's sleep tonight, you'll need it as you go back to your warped drawing board tomorrow......

    May 19, 2010 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  14. Teresa

    Uh Michael, again the bail outs were under Bush!

    May 19, 2010 01:36 am at 1:36 am |

    Nice try Mr. Steele, but all those colorful negative words are so over-used it makes even the average Republican want to barf.
    This so called liberal congress is getting things done and dealing with the issues that the Republicans kept sweeping under the rug for the last 8 years!
    Your so called "unpopular legislative agenda" is the medicine that is now being taken because of your "Former President George Bush"!!!!
    Do you think that the Democratics enjoy cleaning up after mess that the Republicans left behind. We now have to pay for years as part of this mess!
    Your party of NO, gives no solutions, no help in trying to solve our real world problems, just complain time and time again, like the spoiled little boy that can't have his candy – Right Now!

    Your little statement Mr. Michael Steele, is a reflection of a high school mentality. It is a canned statement that no longer has any viable meaning.

    May 19, 2010 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  16. wake Up Please

    Steele? Those Red states can't wait to get rid of you too.

    A lot of Centrists are starting to realize how quick the Republicans are to let the right-wing Wingnuts run the asylum, if they can get any more votes that way.

    The truth is simple – for decades now the Dems do a better job running this country than the Repubs. The Repubs just do a better job covering up what a bad job they are doing.

    May 19, 2010 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  17. wjs486

    Southwestern Pennsylvania has been deserving a recovery ever since Ronald Reagan killed it back in 1980.

    May 19, 2010 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  18. Seriously

    Oh, so NOW the republican party is fiscally conservative. What happened between 2000 and 2008? LOL

    May 19, 2010 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  19. arapikos

    Just goes to show you ( Michael Steele) that NOT all
    Americans are as dense as you and your gang think we are. Way ahead of you and your gang in doing "what is best for ALL Americans–not just a handful of sycophants.

    May 19, 2010 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  20. spenpas

    Attention: Michael Steel the Repucks lost. This should serve as a message to you and your party. Dems keep seat!

    May 19, 2010 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  21. Last time i checked, he predicted Victory

    Make it 2-0 in congressional defeat that GOP was hoping to carry in an off year for Democrats. We won NY and not PA. Dont buy the spin, McCain carried the district in the general election; GOP predicted victory. Democrats total turnout in KY supercedes the Republicans...the Rethugs wont know what stung them in November...cant wait to see them come up a whole LOT short.


    May 19, 2010 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  22. Donald

    To the gop, what are ur plans again?

    May 19, 2010 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  23. greg in jacksonville florida

    What else is the loser going to say.

    May 19, 2010 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  24. Ethan

    Hilarious. Republicans have NO ideas, just attack attack attack. Been there done that under Bush, mkaythxbye.

    May 19, 2010 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
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