Republican Jim Tedisco may be running for the House in a district where Republicans outnumber Democratic voters by some 70,000, but with the polls closing in a matter of hours, Tedisco’s campaign is prepping for a loss.

An electoral loss, anyway.

The Dutchess County Clerk’s Office has confirmed to FDL that Tedisco’s people have filed an ex parte motion in order, the effect of which would be to investigate and overturn today’s election results, should the outcome not be to Republicans’ liking.

FDL is trying to obtain a copy of the motion and will post when available. We now have a sloppy copy (PDF), and are poring over it. Here’s the fun that’s right up top (click image to enlarge):


Beyond the standard practice of seeking to impound machines, determine validity of affidavit ballots, etc., the Tedisco campaign goes for this grand overreach–and does so hours before the polls even close. (I am not a lawyer, but the ones we have here tell me this is not standard operating procedure–this is a desperate play.)

This filing come on the heels of a report that Tedisco’s own polling has him losing to Democrat Scott Murphy by a narrow margin.

The race has national implications, especially for the Republicans, who see this as an early test of new RNC Chair Michael Steele’s leadership.

For Democrats, a Murphy victory would hold the seat vacated by the promotion of Kirsten Gillibrand to the US Senate.

This is going to be a close race, and there is still time to help: Phone bank for Scott Murphy.

Gregg Levine

Gregg Levine