When Congressman Massa announced his resignation a few weeks ago, members of the New York Young Republicans were looking forward to a special congressional election, and a real chance to replace Congressman "feel good" with a straight forward Republican. Well, that's where Governor Paterson steps into the equation; according to the United States Constitution, he must announce the special election, however, Paterson is stalling, and has been for weeks.
What would Paterson's motive be for stalling a special election that is required in the United States Constitution? Well, unlike the special congressional elections in the 20th and 23rd districts, Democrats cannot win in New York's 29th congressional district. Tom Reed, the strongest Republican candidate to announce his intentions, has the complete backing of Republicans and Conservatives, while no Democrat of standing has a base to stand on.
Paterson has complained about the "financial costs" and the "disenfranchisement" of local soldiers who are overseas, but neither of those "issues" interfered with both of the special elections from last year, especially when more soldiers could have been "disenfranchised" during the special election in New York's 23rd congressional district, considering there is a Army base up there.
The people have been without representation for close to a month now. Health Care was decided without their input, the Federal Budget will be decided without their input, and a slew of other issues will be decided as well without their voice being heard, unless Governor Paterson follows the United States Constitution, instead of the Democratic requirements for being a good member.
I don't do this much, but I'm calling on all residents of New York to contact their local Senators and Assemblymen, if Governor Paterson continues to refuse, than our Legislators should be up in arms demanding that the Constitution be followed, or else.
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