…and thankfully, Governor Romney is still finding ways to support his candidates. Along with helping finance Buerkle’s post-election campaign during the absentee counts and any future recounts, Romney is also helping the efforts of Randy Altschuler in NY-01 and David Harmer in Calfornia, who are both locked in tight races with extensive counts.
As for Buerkle, the numbers before the Cayuga county absentee votes showed her maintaining a lead of 684. Cayuga county began counting Wednesday and will finish today, when Monroe County is expected to begin. Wayne County, a Buerkle stronghold will begin their count on Monday, and Onondaga County – the largest, containing the city of Syracuse – will count their absentee ballots starting on Wednesday, November 17.
Ann Marie Buerkle, Romney endorsed candidate in Central New York is among the few remaining undecided races for House today, after a strong performance against Democrat incumbent Dan Maffei. Entering into today trailing by over 2,000 votes, late results from Wayne county have propelled her into the lead by 659 votes. She now has to hold that margin among the usually conservative-leaning absentee voters, and she can take her place among the 240 or more Republicans set to serve in the House of Representatives.
Overall, well done conservatives. Though some are disappointed that we lost Senate races in Nevada and possibly Colorado (hopefully Rossi can move ahead in Washington), November 2 was an amazing night and provides a tremendous setback to the leftist Obama/Reid agenda. We have taken a massive number of State Houses, including State Legislatures, giving us more than a fighting chance in the redistricting battles that are soon to come. In the House we have not only undone in one cycles all of the gains that Democrats made in the last two, but we have pushed them to the fewest seats in more than six decades. A new wave of conservatives have hit Washington, and this country will be better for it.
In addition to the many endorsements of Central and Upstate New York candidates introduced just before Mitt Romney’s appearance at the CNY Conservatives’ banquet last September, Free and Strong America is now lending its support to Matt Doheny, the winner of the Republican primary in the 23rd district of New York. My best guess is that Romney was waiting for Doug Hoffman, who remained on the Conservative party line, to formally drop out of the race before giving his endorsement. Hoffman did so last week, and now Doheny is the beneficiary of this added boost to his campaign.
Some may remember this district, and the name Doug Hoffman. NY-23 is the infamous upstate New York district that hosted the special election that saw a Republican candidate, Dede Scozzafava, who was actually to the left of the Democrat, Bill Owens. Scozzafava, endorsed by Newt Gingrich and the state GOP, though NOT by Mitt Romney became a party embarrassment as her failing poll numbers eventually forced her to withdraw from the race, at which point she gave her endorsement to the Democrat – who won narrowly over surging third-party candidate Doug Hoffman. That Democrat, Bill Owens, now sits in that seat. Among his first actions upon taking office was to reneg on his promise to the voters of NY-23 and support Nancy Pelosi in her backing of Obamacare.
However, this year, the Republicans have a credible contender in Matt Doheny, and he is ready to return this seat to Republican hands. Cook has rated this race as a “toss up,” and recent polling shows that without Hoffman, Doheny holds a significant 51-37 lead in the two man race. Regarding the candidate, Romney said:
Matt has turned around and restructured failing enterprises. He knows how to do the difficult work that ends up saving companies, and saving jobs. Few organizations need more help right now than our own federal government. Matt can, and will, help turn our nation and our economy around through his hard work and impressive experience.
Courtesy of the 25th district Republican candidate’s Facebook.
It’s not happening the way President Obama and Congressional Democrats had planned. Unemployment has grown to 9.6%. Private sector investment in new jobs and capital has languished. Even the heads of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers and White House National Economic Council have resigned.
Now the president and House leaders are doing everything in their power to retain their majority in Congress, even if that means glossing over their failure when it comes to jobs and the economy and ignoring their own poor record to distort those of their opponents.
Washington needs to discard its anti-investment, anti-jobs, and anti-growth policies for a new pro-jobs, pro-prosperity focus. Washington needs Ann Marie Buerkle in Congress. That’s why I am so proud to endorse her candidacy earlier this week.
Thanks to the innovative, can-do spirit of the American people, the economy will recover. But the same leaders who gave us the job-killing, so-called health care reform, cap and trade, and massive stimulus spending aren’t likely to change course to adopt a growth and jobs agenda.
So we need new leadership. We need to send Ann Marie Buerkle to Washington.
Ann Marie is a mother and grandmother, a Registered Nurse, small business owner, and accomplished attorney. She understands that the best way to spur our economy is to lift the burdens imposed upon small business by the president and this Congress. Ann Marie knows that raising taxes and expanding entitlements is a recipe for economic disaster.
In Congress, Ann Marie will extend the Bush tax cuts for Upstate families, enact real health care reform that doesn’t discourage job creation or take from Medicare, and stop the excessive spending.
If Central and Western New York voters want to change Congress, they need to change congressman. Won’t you join me in supporting Ann Marie Buerkle by contributing $25, $50, $100 or more to Ann Marie’s campaign? Thank you for your consideration.
Headlining the banquet for the Central New York Conservatives, Romney spoke up hard against the failed policies of the Obama administration, comparing the President to Jimmy Carter and arguing forcefully and rightfully that they have “stalled the economy” so that unnecessary and unpopular leftist programs could be implemented. Romney also made an appearance alongside candidate Ann Marie Buerkle at the opening of her campaign headquarters.
Local station WSYR has more, including video from their television news feed.
Tonight, Mitt Romney will be visiting yet another state, as he travels to Liverpool, New York, just outside of Syracuse where he will be speaking at a banquet for the Central New York Conservative Parties. The banquet, which last year saw Mike Huckabee as its keynote speaker, will honor several long serving conservatives in the region, including James Vargason, William Sanford, and the late Bernard Kraft.
As expected, the arrival has coincided with today’s announcement that Romney will be supporting ten New York candidates for Congress. These include Syracuse’s own Ann Marie Buerkle running against Dan Maffei in NY-25, and Richard Hanna in the neighboring 24th district:
At a time when we need leaders who will enact pro-growth policies that will turn our troubled economy around and put people back to work, too many Washington politicians are instead focused on growing the size of government. New York – and our nation – deserves leaders who will put the interests of the people ahead of the special interests, and work to get our economy back on track. That is why I am proud to stand with these candidates today.
New York’s 25th is my own district, by the way, so I am particularly pleased to see these endorsements. Although the 25th is still listed as “Likely Democrat,” Buerkle is in striking distance of Maffei in the few polls that have been taken, and can win this with some enthusiasm behind her campaign. I hope the support by Romney will get the ball rolling on that. Meanwhile, Hanna in the 24th only narrowly lost to Arcuri in the Democrat wave that was 2008. NY-24 is a very strong opportunity for a Republican pickup this November.