A special election in New York’s 26th Congressional District is taking place on May 24 in a district that currently scores R+6 in the Cook Partisan Voting Index. Because of the late entry of Jack Davis on the “Tea Party” ticket, the Republican and Democrat candidates are polling neck and neck.
Siena College surveyed the district and found:
In the special election for the 26th Congressional District seat, Republican Jane Corwin currently has a small lead, with the support of 36 percent of voters. Democrat Kathy Hochul is supported by 31 percent, and independent Jack Davis, running on the Tea Party line, has the support of 23 percent of voters, according to a Siena (College) Research Institute poll of likely 26th CD voters released today.
Jim Geraghty of Campaign Spot is questioning Davis’ Tea Party credentials:
Jack Davis didn’t win any Tea Party nomination. Local Tea Parties loathe him. But under New York law, any third party candidate can create their own ballot line if they collect the necessary signatures. After hiring a “petition signature-gathering firm”, Davis declared himself the “Tea Party” candidate.
Of course, for a “Tea Party” candidate, he’s got some very un-”Tea Party” actions in his past.
He’s run for Congress three times before, all as a Democrat. He endorsed Barack Obama for president in 2008, and took $5,000 from Obama’s PAC. He also took $7,000 from Charlie Rangel and his PAC. He supports late-term abortions, taxpayer funding of abortions, and the Assault Weapons Ban.
In 2008, running on the Independent ticket, Davis, (a millionaire) caused a major flap by bribing the wives of the two men who were to decide who got the Independence Party’s nomination for Congress in the 26th District. Davis called them “consultants,” and denied any impropriety.
Here’s an ad from the 2008 election:
The guy’s a fraud and has no business running on a Tea Party ticket.