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March 17, 2011


Crank Caller for Congress?

Roll Call reports that Ian Murphy, the blogger who posed as conservative billionaire David Koch in a prank phone call to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), will likely lock up the Green Party ballot line in New York's upcoming special election in the 26th congressional district.

"Republican nominee Jane Corwin at this point is favored, having avoided mistakes of previous New York special election candidates and secured the support of the Conservative Party ... Murphy's entrance is no laughing matter for Democrats, however. Their best hope in capturing the 26th district seat in the heavily Republican region is a divided GOP electorate. Corwin also faces two Republicans who have launched third-party bids. Millionaire former Democrat Jack Davis is one of them and will likely appear on the ballot under the tea party line. But Murphy's place on the ballot could ensure a partially divided electorate on the left as well. Democrats are in the process of interviewing candidates and could settle on a nominee by the end of the week."

The seat was formerly held by Rep. Chris Lee (R-NY), who resigned in early February after racy photos of him surfaced on Craigslist personals.














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