Today in Western New York, the news has been leaking out that Andrew Cuomo is going to set the special election to replace shitbag Chris Collins on April 28, the same day as the Democratic primary. This is consistent with Cuomo’s long-standing tradition of holding special elections concurrent with the next scheduled election which happens to be April 28.
Cue the crying moaning and caterwauling by Republicans. They’ve filed a frivolous lawsuit for publicity (dutifully provided by Bob McCarthy at the Buffalo News) challenging Cuomo’s right to wait to call the election:
The [State Republican] chairman argued that 27th District voters have been disenfranchised and unrepresented in Congress ever since Collins’ resignation. GOP attorney Joseph T. Burns of Buffalo argued Monday that the Collins seat has been vacant for more than 100 days and asked the court to order Cuomo to schedule an earlier election.
The reason that residents of NY-27 are denied Congressional representation for months is simple: instead of dropping out of the race after being indicted, Collins chose to lie and say he was innocent. Then, he faffed around for months until he pled guilty and resigned on September 30, too late to add a special election to the November county and municipal elections.
What’s really interesting is that our local independent “liberal” paper fell for the same thing – a normally level-headed reporter who came from one of the rural NY-27 counties thinks waiting a couple of months will cause so much resentment in voters that, even if Democrat Nate MacMurray wins the special, he’ll almost certainly lose the general.
We all know the same Republicans who want a stand alone special election would be yelling about the million dollar expense of that election if Cuomo called it at another time. They’re just going to bitch and moan so they’ll all hope we forget that they were Collins’ enablers. Well, I’m not forgetting, and my guess is that this whole nontroversy will blow over soon enough.