Massa's resignation doesn't necessarily mean there will be a special, as state law doesn't require that Gov. David Paterson (D) call one. If he does choose to declare a special, he'll have to issue a proclamation setting the date of the election. The election will then be held between 30-40 days from the date of that proclamation.
The folks at the National Journal haven't.
When vacancies happen in the Representation from any state, the executive authority thereof shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies.
I don't care what the fine folks at the National Journal have written, because the United States Constitution, which is what the House of Representatives is supposed to listen to, specifies that the Governor of a state where a vacancy has occurred, must call a special election into being.
Paterson - CALL THE ELECTION.
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