Two great nurses for a sick congress

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Two great nurses for a sick congress

With less than 18 hours to the show pre­mière I’ve had lit­tle time for blog­ging but I see there is great news from two dis­tricts where Reg­is­tered Nurses rather than career politi­cians are chang­ing the face of the congress.

Renee Ellmers has won in NC-​2. My con­grat­u­la­tions to Renee, Lorie Byrd and all those who sup­ported her but the real con­grat­u­la­tions go to the peo­ple of NC 2 who will have a spec­tac­u­lar lady in con­gress. I had the plea­sure to meet and inter­view her at Blog­con and wrote about her here NC 2 is in good hands.

In case you missed it here is the inter­view with the con­gress­woman elect.

As for NY 25 just before my inter­view with Ann Marie Buerkle I said this:

By my cal­cu­la­tions Maf­fei needs to win the Absen­tees in Onondaga county by twice the spread that he won the vote of to come out ahead, that’s not even count­ing any spread in Wayne county. I think it’s look­ing good.

Well it’s offi­cially not over yet but the news is REAL good:

At the last offi­cial count ear­lier this week, Repub­li­can chal­lenger Buerkle lead by 824 votes. Fri­day, elec­tions offi­cials in Wayne County found a dis­crep­ancy in votes from elec­tion night, giv­ing Buerkle another 144 votes, for a lead of 968 votes.

Onondaga County fin­ished count­ing its absen­tee bal­lots Fri­day after­noon. Demo­c­rat Maf­fei picked up 557 votes over Buerkle, which gives her a total lead of 411 votes.

557 votes is just not going to cut it but the Lonely Con­ser­v­a­tive knows that the miss­ing Maf­fei is going to put those lawyers and union activists to work if he can:

But that doesn’t mean it’s over. Maf­fei will prob­a­bly wait until after the absen­tees are counted in Wayne County. And there’s a very good chance he’ll call for a full hand recount of every bal­lot cast in the dis­trict as he bit­terly clings to his seat in the House. If he does that, it could take another month before we have an offi­cial outcome.

Update: A re-​canvass (not the absen­tee count) in Wayne County net­ted Buerkle another 144 votes, bring­ing her lead up to 411.

I’ll wager that Maf­fei wishes he had some of the money or activists that we 300 Spar­tans in Mass­a­chu­setts pinned down:

But the price was high; the state demo­c­ra­tic party and can­di­dates had emp­tied their war chests. John Olver spent over $800k on tele­vi­sion and Richard Neil $1.5 Mil­lion. Bar­ney Frank was forced to lend his cam­paign $200k and gave a vic­tory speech so full of vit­riol that it pro­duced scorn around the nation.

He had cause to be upset, Mass­a­chu­setts money and can­di­dates who nor­mally spent their time and cash help­ing the party nation­wide were tied town as the GOP rolled through Ohio, Vir­ginia, Wis­con­sin, Michi­gan, New York and New Hamp­shire in a wave not seen in nearly a cen­tury. The MA del­e­ga­tion held their seats but lost their chair­man­ships and the power that came with them.

Now Maffei’s strat­egy is just more count­ing, it’s not like the democ­rats are going to be pulling new vot­ing machines out of their trunks or something.

We all have heard of bal­lots being found in the trunks of cars, and else­where dur­ing recounts. In a hotly con­tested race for the State Sen­ate in New York, Democ­rats have gone one bet­ter, and found two new (and uncounted) vot­ing machines.

This is in buf­falo how­ever, lucky for Ann Marie cor­rupt involved local democ­rats in the state are more wor­ried about steal­ing win­ning the three con­tested State Sen­ate seats nec­es­sary to give them a major­ity then to reduce a national repub­li­can land­slide by one.

Stacy is feel­ing his oats:

C’mon, Ann Marie. This one’s for the his­tory books, sweetheart.

Did I hear some­body say “mandate”?

And here is Ann Marie talk­ing to the press back from our road trip:

Remem­ber this opti­mism was the day after an “inter­est­ing” poll claimed she was down 12. I’ll wager Stacy and I were the only reporters at that press con­fer­ence that didn’t think the cam­paign was over.

This race will be a cause for cel­e­bra­tion for Axis of Fedora!

I’m sure the main­stream media will cel­e­brate and report in-​depth on the elec­tion of these two repub­li­can women in the same way they some­time after they give total scrutiny to Can­di­date Obama’s record 2008.

Update: Jazz Shaw is on it

With less than 18 hours to the show premiere I’ve had little time for blogging but I see there is great news from two districts where Registered Nurses rather than career politicians are changing the face of the congress.

Renee Ellmers has won in NC-2. My congratulations to Renee, Lorie Byrd and all those who supported her but the real congratulations go to the people of NC 2 who will have a spectacular lady in congress. I had the pleasure to meet and interview her at Blogcon and wrote about her here NC 2 is in good hands.

In case you missed it here is the interview with the congresswoman elect.

As for NY 25 just before my interview with Ann Marie Buerkle I said this:

By my calculations Maffei needs to win the Absentees in Onondaga county by twice the spread that he won the vote of to come out ahead, that’s not even counting any spread in Wayne county. I think it’s looking good.

Well it’s officially not over yet but the news is REAL good:

At the last official count earlier this week, Republican challenger Buerkle lead by 824 votes. Friday, elections officials in Wayne County found a discrepancy in votes from election night, giving Buerkle another 144 votes, for a lead of 968 votes.

Onondaga County finished counting its absentee ballots Friday afternoon. Democrat Maffei picked up 557 votes over Buerkle, which gives her a total lead of 411 votes.

557 votes is just not going to cut it but the Lonely Conservative knows that the missing Maffei is going to put those lawyers and union activists to work if he can:

But that doesn’t mean it’s over. Maffei will probably wait until after the absentees are counted in Wayne County. And there’s a very good chance he’ll call for a full hand recount of every ballot cast in the district as he bitterly clings to his seat in the House. If he does that, it could take another month before we have an official outcome.

Update: A re-canvass (not the absentee count) in Wayne County netted Buerkle another 144 votes, bringing her lead up to 411.

I’ll wager that Maffei wishes he had some of the money or activists that we 300 Spartans in Massachusetts pinned down:

But the price was high; the state democratic party and candidates had emptied their war chests. John Olver spent over $800k on television and Richard Neil $1.5 Million. Barney Frank was forced to lend his campaign $200k and gave a victory speech so full of vitriol that it produced scorn around the nation.

He had cause to be upset, Massachusetts money and candidates who normally spent their time and cash helping the party nationwide were tied town as the GOP rolled through Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin, Michigan, New York and New Hampshire in a wave not seen in nearly a century. The MA delegation held their seats but lost their chairmanships and the power that came with them.

Now Maffei’s strategy is just more counting, it’s not like the democrats are going to be pulling new voting machines out of their trunks or something.

We all have heard of ballots being found in the trunks of cars, and elsewhere during recounts. In a hotly contested race for the State Senate in New York, Democrats have gone one better, and found two new (and uncounted) voting machines.

This is in buffalo however, lucky for Ann Marie corrupt involved local democrats in the state are more worried about stealing winning the three contested State Senate seats necessary to give them a majority then to reduce a national republican landslide by one.

Stacy is feeling his oats:

C’mon, Ann Marie. This one’s for the history books, sweetheart.

Did I hear somebody say “mandate”?

And here is Ann Marie talking to the press back from our road trip:

Remember this optimism was the day after an “interesting” poll claimed she was down 12. I’ll wager Stacy and I were the only reporters at that press conference that didn’t think the campaign was over.

This race will be a cause for celebration for Axis of Fedora!

I’m sure the mainstream media will celebrate and report in-depth on the election of these two republican women in the same way they sometime after they give total scrutiny to Candidate Obama’s record 2008.

Update: Jazz Shaw is on it