Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill heralded Kathy Hochul's victory on Tuesday in a special election in New York's 26th district as a message from voters on Medicare.
Medicare was key issue in N.Y. race
Erie County Clerk Hochul beat state Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, a Republican, and Jack Davis, a Tea Party candidate, in an election to fill the seat of former Rep. Chris Lee (R-N.Y.), who resigned in February on the same day it was reported that he had responded to a personal ad from a woman on Craigslist and had sent her shirtless photo of himself.
"There are two reasons we won tonight," Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement about Tuesday's election. "Kathy Hochul is a great candidate and a Western New Yorker through and through. And New Yorkers of all political persuasions do not want to destroy Medicare," he added. "This election was a strong referendum on both."
On the House side, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), ranking member on the House Budget Committee, applauded Hochul for winning in what he referred to as "one of the most Republican districts in the country."
"Tonight's result confirms what members of Congress have been hearing from their constituents for over a month—that the American people reject the Republican plan to terminate the Medicare guarantee and protect taxpayer subsidies to the big oil companies," Van Hollen said in a statement. "I look forward to working with Congresswaoman-elect Hochul in Congress to strengthen Medicare and cut the deficit in a responsible, balanced way that will promote long-term economic growth."
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