Special Election This Coming Tuesday
There are currently 219 Republicans and 212 Democrats in the House, giving Republicans a seven-member advantage. Normally, if only four Republicans switch their vote on any issues, the Democrats could enact any law. But Republican Steve Scalise is home being treated for cancer and unavailable to vote.
There are currently four openings which will be filled by Special Elections.
Ohio’s 6th Congressional District is currently open with a special election scheduled for June 11th. The district is rated as solid Republican.
California’s 20th Congressional District is currently open with a special election scheduled for May 19th. The district is rated as solid Republican.
New York’s 26th Congressional District is currently open. Governor Hochul must make a decision on a date for a special election by February 12th. The district is rated as solid Democrat.
The Constitutional Right you save may be your own.
This coming Tuesday, February 13th, a special election will be held in New York’s 3rd Congressional District. The district primarily represents part of the northern shore of Long Island. Tom Suozzi (D) is running against Mazi Melisa Pilip (R). The election is rated a tossup.
Given the Republicans’ small majority and with Republicans and Democrats sharply divided on gun control – as well as many other issues – this election is important to all Americans and of special interest to all SCOPE members.
Tom Suozzi is running on the Democrat ticket. He said, “I’m proud of my F-rating from the NRA. We see these violent acts with guns happening much too often.”
The Brady Campaign and Giffords endorsed Suozzi and Moms Demand Action named him a ‘Candidate of Distinction’. Brady, Giffords and Moms are all rabidly anti-2A organizations so it’s fair to say that Suozzi is not 2A friendly.
SCOPE rate Suozzi as an “F”.
Mazi Melesa Pilip is running on the Republican ticket. Being a political newcomer, there isn’t much available about her position on 2A. One statement was that, on gun control, Pilip supports pro-gun interpretations of the Second Amendment, but makes clear the need for responsible regulations.
Suozzi’s campaign, in an appeal to Democrats, sees it as a negative when they say this about her, “Pilip is also running on the Conservative Party platform that opposes common sense gun reform, even red flag laws.”
Pilip spoke about gun policy in an interview with Spectrum News. When asked about preventing school shootings, she said there are "already policies in place that we have to make sure that we coordinate between the federal and state government."
So, we have one rabidly anti-2A candidate (Suozzi) running against one who is at least mildly pro 2A (Pilip).
SCOPE rates Pilip as “B+”
This election is important to all of us because, when voting for any legislator, you are really voting for two people; the legislator and the head of the legislator’s party. The latter might become the Speaker / Majority Leader due to the election and have enormous power over that legislative body. A vote for Suozzi is a vote for a Democrat Speaker and a vote for Pilip is a vote for a Republican Speaker. And you know which party’s leadership Is anti-2A.
If you live in the 3rd Congressional District, be sure to vote on Tuesday.