There was a pretty good article in yesterday’s Rochester Democrat and Chronicle newspaper: Kuhl-Massa in Critical Race – Voters in district likely to decide who controls the House. It’s worth taking a look at. In addition to the text, it also has a summary of Mr. Kuhl’s key votes since serving in Congress.
The themes of the article indicate the differences between Randy Kuhl and Eric Massa, and relays that this November’s election is not a given for a Kuhl victory.
“Kuhl can no longer take his re-election for granted,” said Gerald Gamm, chairman of the political science department at the University of Rochester. “This year, he’s going to need to work hard at it. There’s a better than even chance that he will hold onto his seat, but it’s not a foregone conclusion.”
“Republicans have been trying hard to paint this election as a district-by-district race that hinges on local issues,” Gamm said. “But, in the end, it’s much likelier this election is going to be decided by national concerns.”
The NRCC response to claims such as this is:
“The weakness of the Democratic strategy is that they are trying to run a national campaign, and congressional elections are fundamentally about local issues,” said Ed Patru, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee. “When they go to the polls, voters consider one question and one question only: Is my member of Congress doing a good job?”
I guess it will depend on each voter’s opinion of the term “good job”. To me, “good job” doesn’t mean just on a local level, such as bringing grants into your area, it also encompasses their voting record on national issues. These congressional issues and votes impact every citizen in every state of the country. I’ve heard the statement that “All politics are local”, but remember, local politics can and do have national significance.