GOP and Wacky Tabacky
The top boss at the National Republican Congressional Committee conceded Monday that the party faces an uphill fight in the battle to hold onto the seat of retiring Rep. James Walsh.
But by Friday, Republicans in Washington seemed boosted by Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll's announcement that he will not challenge the only announced Democratic candidate for the seat, Dan Maffei, for their party's nomination.
"Frankly it's a bit of relief that the mayor is getting out," said Ken Spain, spokesman for the NRCC in Washington, adding that party officials believe Maffei is "the weaker of the two candidates."Spain noted that Maffei lost to Walsh by about 3,400 votes in 2006, when Democrats swept a wave of voter discontent to recapture control of Congress.
"If Dan Maffei could not win in the most Democrat-friendly political environment since Watergate, then that should speak volumes about his candidacy," Spain said.