Just as the Democrats and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi mounted a final weekend push for funds in the hot race for the 26th Congressional District, Republicans were invoking her name in their own effort.
Republican candidate Jane Corwin -- facing Democrat Kathleen Hochul and the Tea Party's Jack Davis -- scheduled a get-out-the-vote rally for 9:30 a.m. Saturday at her Williamsville headquarters.
"We will begin our 72-hour plan to stop Nancy Pelosi and liberal Democrats from stealing the people's seat in Congress with their lies and scare tactics," the Corwin campaign said in an e-mail to supporters.
The Tea Party Express group, which on Monday campaigned locally for Corwin, also put the former speaker squarely in its sights in a fundraising solicitation and an attack on Davis. The group claims Davis does not truly represent principles of the tea party movement.
"Although he calls himself a tea party candidate, he supports cap and trade, higher taxes, and big-spending liberals like Nancy Pelosi, Louise Slaughter and Barack Obama," the group said. "That's why we at Tea Party Express are redoubling our efforts to expose Jack Davis for the fake that he really is. We are going to call every single conservative and independent voter in NY-26 to tell them the truth."
It appears the congresswoman from San Francisco is very much an issue in this race.
--Robert J. McCarthy