The Tea Party Express rode into upstate New York's special congressional election today, with a presser to dis the Tea Party candidate, Jack Davis. The Tea Party Express is trying to save the seat for Republican Jane Corwin, who endorsed Congressman Paul Ryan's Path to Prosperity budget and has been paying for it ever since. Mr. Davis has been polling above 20 percent in the race for NY-26 -- bad news for Republicans in a statistical dead heat between Ms. Corwin and the Democratic candidate, Kathy Hochul.
"Jack Davis is no more 'Tea Party' than Barack Obama," said Tea Party Express chairwoman Amy Kremers. Ms. Kremers was joined on stage by TEA New York, which says Mr. Davis isn't anti-abortion enough to qualify as Tea Party. Carl Paladino, 2010 gubernatorial candidate, is also piling on.
But Mr. Davis does have at least some real support from other parts of the Tea Party. On April 8, he touted an endorsement from the Tea Party Coalition, a group so entranced, perhaps, by his rather (ahem) unique ideas to address unemployment that they neglected to post said endorsement on what seems to be their website. The Buffalo Tea Party, which hosted the national group when they showed up with Mr. Paladino in April, is also holding strong with Mr. Davis.
Of course, the reason the special election in New York's 26th district is even a story (aside from this) is the Republican budget which Congressman Ryan authored -- and defended again today in Chicago (full text). The same one for which Republican candidate Jane Corwin said she would've voted. She hasn't rescinded that endorsement, and Democratic candidate Kathy Hochul became the first to make Ryan's budget a campaign issue in this election cycle. Since then, this election has been a little nuts. No news as to whether yet another of the myriad Tea Party groups will endorse Corwin or Davis. It's only Monday, so the possibilities are endless. We'll keep you posted.