The GOP Special Election Screw Up

Originally posted at The Right Wing Blog:

Married Republican Christopher Lee was caught trying to meet women on Craigslist. He promptly resigned, making a special election in NY-26 necessary to fill the vacated seat. Republicans lost that special election on May 24th. (photo courtesy of Hollywood Grind)

Once again, the Republican party has lost a special election in New York.

You may recall the 2009 special election in NY’s 23rd congressional district, where the eleven Republican Party county chairs located in NY-23 chose Dede Scozzafava to be the GOP nominee.  Hardly distinguishable from a Democrat, Scozzafava dropped out when she was clearly going to finish third in a three-way race.

Rather than endorse the Conservative Party candidate, who gained endorsements from many prominent Republicans because he was more in line with the mainstream GOP platform, she endorsed the Democrat, confirming that she was, in fact, a RINO.  The Dem went on to win the election, giving Democrats a traditionally Republican seat that remains in their hands today.

But this isn’t the only Republican special election screw up.

Going back to January 2003, Republicans have lost 23 of the last 34 House special elections, including seven of the eight special elections in which party control of the seat changed. The exception: The May 2010 Hawaii special election, a rare Republican victory in Democratic territory.

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