Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) asked his Republican colleagues on Wednesday if they heard the message that New York voters sent in a special election Tuesday.
“Last night the people of America resoundingly spoke in rejecting a Republican plan to end Medicare as we know it. This was in New York's 26th district,” Reid told reporters at a Capitol news conference, referring to Democrat Kathy Hochul's victory in the open congressional seat in upstate New York.
“Now the question to my Republican colleagues is basically this—it's very simple: Were you listening to the American people?” he continued. “Because their message could not be clearer. It's been a Republican district for decades—at least four decades. It belonged to Jack Kemp. Six months ago, it went Republican by a 3-to-1 margin. But it changed last night.”