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November 24, 2010
242 is the magic number for 112th
It looks like 242 will likely be the magic number for Republicans in the upcoming 112th Congress. Events on Tuesday brought the hotly contested race in NY-25 to a conclusion and dealt a serious blow to Republican Randy Altschuler in NY-1.
Early Tuesday afternoon news broke that Democrat incumbent Dan Maffei had conceded to Ann Marie Buerkle in NY-25. Dan Maffei had been dithering on a court appearance set for Wednesday to resolve challenged ballots and also mulled a possible hand recount of the entire district.
The victory was a shock to many political experts:
However, it wasn't all good news on Tuesday. Monday, the count in NY-1 had been a dramatic, double-digit seesaw battle all day. However, when election officials had counted the last ballot, Tim Bishop tendered a 235-vote lead over Randy Altschuler.
Currently, there is no news on whether Randy Altschuler will concede. Unlike NY-25, there are a large number of challenges from both Bishop and Altschuler.
Regardless of the potential legal battle for NY-1, the number 242 has several major historical implications. Robert Stacy McCain points out:
Ann Marie Buerkle's victory also makes for a total of 63 congressional seats that have changed hands in this election and NY claims the largest share of these victories with 6.
Sam Foster is a freelance political writer who blogs at Left Coast Rebel
Bill Zwerger adds:
Being a yes man to the former Speaker cost yet another incumbent Dem his job
This is great news for Republicans and a real sense of vindication for the Upstate New York Tea Party.
Rep. Dan Maffei, D-NY has officially conceded defeat to Republican and Conservative party candidate Ann Marie in New York's 25th Congressional race. Buerkle, an Upstate NY Tea Party favorite, won a very close and highly contentious battle with the one-term liberal Democrat. Because of Maffei's insistence on recounting and challenging absentee ballots in this diverse district which encompasses four counties, the race dragged on for an additional three weeks, ending today, November 23. Following the election-night margin of close to 600 votes, the final margin was 567 in favor of Buerkle.
Thankfully, Maffei was persuaded not to demand what he was threatening to; a complete hand recount of the more than 200,000 ballots cast. Having garnered endorsement from the Working Family Party, an ACORN offshoot, there was a real concern amongst Buerkle supporters that something untoward might happen if the recount was allowed to proceed.
The vindication for the NY Tea Party comes from the fact that Mr. Maffei was a true-blue, Obama supporting, Pelosi controlled liberal, who showed a great deal of disdain to any constituents who disagreed with his statist view of government's role. In fact, he voted with Pelosi 96.5% of the time during his brief stint in the House, including yes votes on the stimulus, health-care, and cap and trade.
Another big negative for Maffei was his association with disgraced Congressman Charlie Rangel. Rangel was Maffei's former boss, mentor, and financial benefactor.
However, if more evidence is needed as to why voters in New York's 25th sent this Pelosi puppet packing, the following statement from his concession speech should suffice:
In so many words, if victorious, he would have voted to spend more, tax more, and saddle our industry with yet more crippling regulation. Geez, who wouldn't have wanted more of that? In the already over-taxed and business hostile environs of New York State, the progressive idealism of a delusional, out-of-touch liberal politician was just too much for voters to reward with another term.