The National Journal, a nonpartisan publication, has termed the Massa/Kuhl race as one of the top 50 races in the country. They currently rank this race as the 47th tightest race in the nation. That’s 47th out of over 400!
Rep. Randy Kuhl’sreelection race has broken into the top fifty to become the 47th tightest in the US. The ranking comes as Kuhl has come under fire for voting against the interests of his district and being a rubber-stamp for President Bush.
According to Congressional Quarterly, Kuhl has voted with President Bush a whopping 93% percent of the time in 2005 – the 2nd highest Republican rate in all of New York State. His votes against his district include instituting soft House ethics rules, cutting student loans, sending tax breaks to Big Oil and refusing to override President Bush’s stem cell veto.
Here’s part of what the Star-Gazette, an Elmira/Corning newspaper, recently had to say:
WASHINGTON — In a normal election year, freshman Republican Rep. John R. Kuhl Jr. should be able to win re-election without breaking a sweat as he campaigns in what traditionally has been a solid Republican district.
But this is not a typical year, analysts say, because of a national wave of voter dissatisfaction with President Bush, the Iraq war and the Republican-led Congress. And that puts Kuhl, of Hammondsport, at risk.
But Massa, who announced his candidacy before Kuhl had even moved into his Capitol Hill office, said his life experience as a naval officer, cancer survivor and special assistant to four-star Army Gen. Wesley Clark – the former Supreme Allied Commander for Europe – means more than legislative experience. Massa, who has lived all over the world as a naval officer, is retired and lives in Corning. He has never held political office.
“I’m not a professional politician. And that by itself is quite unusual in a congressional race these days,” Massa said.
Incumbent candidates usually win their mid-term elections because voters traditionally have voted with the local issues and results in mind; however, this year I think there will be some surprises across the country. There has been a growing dissatisfaction with the current administration and Congress, and this will more than likely play out in the voting booth this November. After all, don’t forget what happened in 1994 when the majority party lost control of Congress during a mid-term election period.
Let’s review our candidates’ fundraising efforts.
CORNING, NY – Democratic Congressional candidate Eric Massa has out raised his opponent, GOP freshman Republican John R. -Randy- Kuhl, Jr., for the second quarter in a row, according to the candidates’ second quarter financial reports. During the second quarter, Massa raised over $188,000-$17,000 more than Kuhl-to support his bid for the 29th Congressional District seat.
Massa has received more individual donations than Kuhl for the third straight quarter-nearly $131,000 to Kuhl’s $58,000-signaling a groundswell of support from real working Americans for a change in leadership and direction for upstate New York and the nation,- said Massa.
Among Kuhl’s second quarter contributions are those from banking giants Citigroup, Credit Suisse Securities and JP Morgan Chase & Co.; and ConocoPhillips, one of the world’s biggest oil companies whose Chairman and Chief Executive recently told NBC’s -Meet the Press- that alternative fuel sources are a distant alternative and that the U.S. will be dependent on oil for decades to come.
Although Mr. Massa had been outraising Mr. Kuhl regarding recent fundraising,”Kuhl had nearly three times as much money left in his campaign coffers by the end of June – giving him more to spend for TV commercials, mailers and other advertising this fall.”
“So far, Kuhl’s campaign has raised $888,756, compared to $499,136 raised by Massa. The numbers are closer on the expense side where Kuhl has spent $402,905 compared to $308,156 by Massa.”
I cannot stress enough how important it is to not only learn about these candidates’ positions on the issues, but also to make the commitment to go and vote. Go to their websites, learn about their views, learn about the candidates. If you are able and motivated to help out your choice of candidates, send a contribution or volunteer to help their campaign.
Election day is 100 days away. How are your interests going to be represented? The nation is watching this race. Are you?