Congratulations to Democratic Congresswoman-Elect Kathy Hochul.
This Congressional district is so Republican it has only elected a Democrat something like 3 times since the Civil War.
The Ryan Republican plan to destroy Medicare handed this race to the Democrats.
I just hope the Democrats take note and stand by their position as protectors of Medicare and Social Security. And I hope they make damn sure everyone knows the GOP wants to destroy them both. Now we have them on record.
From The Hill:
The emergence of Medicare reform as an issue in the New York special election “changed the climate,” presenting Democrats with an opportunity to capture the heavily Republican district, according to Rep. Steve Israel (N.Y.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
The House GOP’s budget plan converts Medicare to a type of voucher system for those currently under 55 as a way to rein in costs. Instead of government-run Medicare, seniors would buy private insurance and the government would foot some of the bill.
Only four Republicans voted against the proposal when it came up in the House in April and Jane Corwin, the GOP nominee in the 26th district, embraced the plan.
“Whether the Democrat is elected or not, Medicare changed the climate in that district,” Israel told The Ballot Box.