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Our Misrepresentative in Washington, Ann Marie Buerkle (R-Syracuse), clearly THE most conservative U.S. Representative from New York State and one of the most conservative in the nation, has finally conceded the race to former Rep. Dan Maffei.

Here's the article from the online edition of our local newspaper, the (Syracuse, NY) Post-Standard.

Despite that Maffei has more than a 14,000 vote lead, Buerkle had said that, with about 25,000 outstanding absentee and provisional ballots, she wanted to wait until "all votes were counted."

Today, she said she didn't want to interfere with Veterans Day celebrations as the reason she is now conceding (which makes no sense to me on many counts).

It will be great for those of us in the new 24th Congressional District of New York to have someone to represent us in the U.S. House of Representatives again.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this race, Ms. Buerkle made the claim earlier this year that the number one issue on the minds of her constituents was the "Fast & Furious" investigation. Of course, with our economy, like that of most of the nation, still limping along at a snail's pace, the entire district guffawed simultaneously at her comment. The reaction was pretty swift and she began pathetic attempts at backpedalling almost immediately (saying that while it wasn't the number one issue on most voters' minds, it was the number one thing constituents were contacting her about...which resulted in yet another simultaneous district-wide guffaw). She, apparently, never recovered from that extreme case of out-of-touchedness.

(It's unclear to me whether this increases the number of net seats picked up by Democrats, as previously reported on the dailykos main page election results chart (+7), or whether this had already been included since Maffei's lead looked pretty solid to every other living being on the planet except for Ms. Buerkle.)

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  •  The end of the CNY Dim Bulb Era. (9+ / 0-)


    "George RR Martin is not your bitch" ~~ Neil Gaiman

    by tardis10 on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 01:34:20 PM PST

  •  Another one bites the dust. (8+ / 0-)


  •  Can't resist this in a NY diary (7+ / 0-)

    Primary Gov. Cuomo in 2014!

    As Kos says ..We need BETTER democrats!

    And congrats on having real representation!

    Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

    by Mannie on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 01:48:51 PM PST

  •  Oh, God, YES!! As a NY'er, I am (6+ / 0-)
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    Philpm, Mannie, Byrnt, wdrath, winkk, devtob

    SO glad that this moron is no longer represents our state.

  •  My daughter will be pleased (5+ / 0-)
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    Even though she voted absentee here at home (Missouri) while she's going to school there, she really wanted to see Buerkle lose.

    Undecided voters are the biggest idiots on the planet. - Brian Griffin

    by Philpm on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 01:50:22 PM PST

    •  You should have her vote in NY (3+ / 0-)
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      I am firmly of the belief that students do themselves a disservice by voting absentee while they are in college.  They are a part of a community, both the school they attend and the wider town, and should have a say in how that community is run while they are there.  And as a Syracuse resident, the university is the most important institution in the city, I want the members of that institution involved in our issues.

      There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

      by slothlax on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 03:47:09 PM PST

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      •  She was asked to several times (4+ / 0-)
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        but considering what we had going on here in Missouri this election, she felt her vote would be more meaningful here for this election.  She thought it through completely.  In fact, she had requested her absentee ballot the first day she was able to.  Plus, this was her first presidential.

        Undecided voters are the biggest idiots on the planet. - Brian Griffin

        by Philpm on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 03:54:36 PM PST

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  •  The +7 included the non-called races (6+ / 0-)

    The +7 accounted for all the house seats. For the races that were not officially called, whoever is in lead is assigned the seat. If those races end up with no changes then the Democrats would go from 193 to 200 seats (a gain of 7). Plus 7 seats is pretty much the best we can do at this point. There are 9 seats that are still to be called and the democratic candidates are up in 7 of them. One of the two seats with a republican lead will be a run-off between two republicans in Louisiana. So the best case scenario is that all of the democratic candidates currently winning hold their leads and the one seat where we are currently behind flips.

  •  i'm glad for you, be sad for me (5+ / 0-)

    we in sullivan county lost maurice hinchey's seat to the repubs

    those who don't know about mo hinchey only need to know that he was one of the two (?) in congress who voted against going to war in Iraq

    nuff said?

    we've had liberal dems as our congressperson forever, but he got cancer recently and retired, and, to boot, we were "redistricted" so the dem who would have taken his place lost it, and to a retired military man

    good that you won one though, our loss isn't a complete gain to the backward ones

    •  that stinks (1+ / 0-)
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      An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

      by mightymouse on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 02:16:52 PM PST

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    •  yes..the retirement of Hinchey was a loss (1+ / 0-)
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      for all of New York State, including us progressives here in Central New York.

    •  NY-19 is about half (1+ / 0-)
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      of Hinchey's district, the rest was divvied up among districts further west by a federal judge.

      For example, Ithaca, possibly the most liberal non-urban place upstate, will now be represented in Congress by Republican Tom Reed.

      Chris Gibson is an excellent politician, for a rookie.

      He got elected in the 2010 tea party wave, and sucked up to the tea partiers then.

      Once Gibson saw the new district lines, he became more moderate, voting against the Medicare-killing Ryan budget in 2012, after supporting it on 2011.

      IMHO, Gibson will easily hold this seat for the rest of the decade.

      A public option for health insurance is a national priority.

      by devtob on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 05:21:16 PM PST

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  •  No more Nan Hayworth in the 18th! (4+ / 0-)
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    "Something in the way, yeah." Kurt Cobain

    by The Hamlet on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 02:21:36 PM PST

  •  Buh bye. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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  •  What's the potential count now of House gain? (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Our long, district wide nightmare is over! (3+ / 0-)
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    You know 2010 was bad when a perennial sacrificial lamb from crazytown actually wins an election in a district like this.  She was only nominated because no credible Republican wanted to challenge Maffei, who seemingly had established himself in the seat.  Now that the GOP knows he is vulnerable, we might find a real opponent next time.  Keep an eye out here.

    There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

    by slothlax on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 03:52:08 PM PST

    •  yes...the Republicans are already salivating (1+ / 0-)
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      over prospects for this seat in 2014. The one piece of good news is that Buerkle's campaign coincided the confluence of two key things: The Tea Party movement, which was very strong in 2010 (and given extra legs by the lack of turnout by key Democratic constituencies) and an avalanche of last-minute money from billionaires from outside the district (i.e. the Koch brothers, for instance).

      In my opinion, the latter is what allowed Buerkle to steal this seat at the last minute (she won by about 600 votes after a recount). Maffei appeared to be comfortably ahead in mid-October of 2010, but Buerkle and her Super PAC co-conspirators unleashed an avalanche of money and anti-Maffei ads during the last two weeks.

      My guess is that Maffei will be planning ahead for both of those types of problems next time around. But it won't necessarily be an easy race, especially if Republicans are able to recruit a top-tier opponent (although only one comes immediately to mind...)

      •  Buerkle was a tea-party fluke (1+ / 0-)
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        Way too conservative, even for upstate.

        She'll probably try again in 2014, but she will lose again.

        The tea party has shrunk back to its original state -- the far-right GOP base -- and tea-party extremists like Buerkle will never repeat their 2010 heyday.

        A public option for health insurance is a national priority.

        by devtob on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 05:31:23 PM PST

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        •  it's unlikely that Buerkle will run again, (3+ / 0-)
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          in my opinion. Partly what helped Maffei is that even Buerkle's weren't that crazy about her and wanted to basically carve up her district to help other Republicans (until court-ordered redistricting did, basically, that same thing). She was considered too crazy even by her own fellow Republicans.

          The district is much less Republican today and likely to be less Republican in two years, based on this area's changing demographics.

          There's only one local Republican that comes to my mind who, should she enter, would probably become favored to beat Maffei (County Executive Joanie Mahoney, a virtual Republican-in-name-only to many Republicans, who endorses Democrats (like Cuomo, for instance)). However, she seems to have her sights on higher statewide office.

          •  Joanie would win if she ran (2+ / 0-)
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            But any run of the mill politician, an assemblyman or county legislator, should be a good challenge.  If Maffei wins convincingly this time, the seat is his for the foreseeable future.  

            There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

            by slothlax on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 01:16:54 AM PST

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            •  if Maffei's 14,000 margin holds up... (1+ / 0-)
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     may disuade one of those types of folks from giving up their current seat.

              Maffei also had another thing helping him this time...he had a fair number of his own Super PAC's supporting him to counter the Koch brothers and their co-conspirators.
              Hopefully, the impact of Citizens United can be more effectively addressed in the future, if not (hopefully) overturned. That was, to my way of thinking, the single most important factor in allowing Buerkle to, basically, just purchase herself the seat in a surprise, last-minute bliztkreig in 2010.

              Of course, Maffei needs to perform, as well, and he definitely needs to continue to improve his personal likeability (he's not exactly the gregarious type and is actually atypical for a political figure...more cerebral...and that can, sometimes, work against you...)

              •  Absolutely agree with your last (0+ / 0-)


                We are long time fans of Dan, but he has to work on relating better IN the district.  He needs to be present to a greater degree, have better district staffing and a better set up in the hinterlands.  And the district is larger now, after redistricting.  In the rural areas of the district, the RePIGs rule at the local level, and will take advantage of anything they can get from him, but back stab when they get the chance.  He needs to go into this term planning for that.  

                Too often in the past he has allowed the Tea Partiers, AM talk radio and FAUX to define him, and has not corrected outright lies, even when they were posted on his FB page.  He needs to communicate his efforts in a better fashion, because the optics are just as important as the back room/wheeling and dealing in DC.  

                We truly hope Buerkle has been sent back under a dark rock someplace.  She'll probably get a lobbying job for the fracking industry.  HA!!!!

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