Sorry I’ve been MIA for the past few weeks. Long story short, I no longer have internet access between Sunday night and Friday morning, so this has kind of fallen by the wayside.
In case you haven’t heard, we finally have a probable date for the special election in NY-20:
Gov. David Paterson announced Wednesday that the special election to fill the congressional seat vacated by Kirsten Gillibrand’s move to the U.S. Senate will likely take place Tuesday, March 31.
Paterson, speaking in the ornate Red Room at the Capitol, said he planned to issue a proclamation setting the March election date on Monday, Feb. 23.
Between now and then, Jim Tedisco’s campaign could use as many volunteers as possible. If you’re in the area, head over to his campaign site to sign up. You can donate to Tedisco’s campaign here.
The rightroots are participating in a push today to for NY-20 Congressional candidate Jim Tedisco.
The Democrat running for this seat, tax cheat venture capitalist Scott Murphy, is bringing his A-game. That means the ability to self-fund and ride on now-Sen. Kristen Gillibrand’s coattails (something which may be a little harder now that her former constituents feel betrayed by her).
We need to level the playing field. Please donate today and help ensure the 20th District returns to Republican hands.
I’ve been remiss in not adding the special election in New York’s 20th District to my list of races. It is one of RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s priorities, and it is important to me as well.
The word on the street is that for now-Sen. Kristen Gillibrand’s seat to be filled, Gov. David Paterson has to call for a special election. Being a dutiful Democrat, he’s avoided doing that for the past 14 days.
Why? Because it’s a red district, and the Republican candidate, Jim Tedisco, is ahead in the polls.
We need to get on this as soon as possible. So while you’re calling you Senator about the porkulus bill, make sure to place a call to Gov. Paterson’s office as well.
His number is 518-474-8390, and you can e-mail him here.
Oh, and in keeping with Democratic Party rules, their nominee is a tax cheat.
You can donate to Jim Tedisco’s campaign here.
Also, be sure to follow Jim Tedisco on Twitter.
The leads range from three to nine points. But, as Jim Geraghty points out, there is a caveat.
The word on the street is that former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie beats Gov. Jon Corzine 44-38 in a new poll by Quinnipiac University.
You can donate to Chris Christie’s campaign here.
The Washington Times reports that he’ll be stepping down from his post to concentrate on the gubernatorial race full-time:
“For the last three years, I’ve had a terrific opportunity to serve as Virginia’s 44th attorney general,” said Mr. McDonnell, the lone Republican running to replace Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat. “But now it’s time for me to fully begin a new challenge in my life.”
The date allows Mr. McDonnell to continue pushing his legislative agenda in the coming days, but means he will be free from the position’s requirements as the campaign heats up.
The Republican called the attorney general’s position “the best job I’ve ever had” and said he arrived at his decision with a heavy heart. But his resignation follows historical precedent: Every attorney general of either major party who is running for governor has resigned from the position since 1985, McDonnell officials said.
“A campaign for governor demands a full-time candidate,” Mr. McDonnell said. “The office of the attorney general is the commonwealth’s law firm and demands a full-time attorney general.”
This move will give Bob McDonnell a head start on the gubernatorial race while the Democrats fight it out in their primary, an opportunity that Sen. John McCain (who is campaigning for McDonnell next month) largely neglected in his presidential campaign. It will also allow him one more week of fundraising, as the Attorney General of Virginia cannot receive campaign donations during Virginia’s legislative session. This will help him keep his fundraising edge against Terry McAuliffe.
He’ll be starting the campaign with by visiting several New Jersey communities:
Christie plans a two-day, nine-stop campaign rollout, starting with a policy speech Wednesday morning in Newark. Later, he’ll greet voters at diners in Hamilton (Mercer County) and Westville. The candidate plans to pick up endorsements and attend a campaign rally on Thursday.
We’ll have word on those endorsements as they make the news.
I do have one criticism of the Christie campaign, though. If they want to win, they should put more content on their campaign site. Gov. Corzine is going to be brutal during this campaign, and Christie will need every advantage.
You can donate to the Christie campaign here.