“I want to extend my congratulations to Congresswoman-elect Kathy Hochul for her victory in New York’s 26th Congressional District,” the president said in a statement. “Kathy and I both believe that we need to create jobs, grow our economy, and reduce the deficit in order to outcompete other nations and win the future. Kathy has shown, through her victory and throughout her career, that she will fight for the families and businesses in western New York, and I look forward to working with her when she gets to Washington.”
“Tonight’s victory is an achievement many called impossible. Tonight we showed that many voters are willing to ignore a party label and vote for the person and for the message they believe in. We showed that thousands upon thousands of voters are more powerful than millions of dollars in outside money. We showed that our grassroots army – including thousands of donors and thousands of volunteers, who knocked on more than 53,000 doors and made more than 77,000 calls and over the last four days –could overcome our enrollment disadvantage and the fact that we were outspent by more than 2-to-1.
You have all shown me, and this campaign, so much support.
We have shown that with forward-thinking vision, with new leadership, and the right issues behind us, we can make real change for the future.
We can help Western New Yorkers get back to work by helping small businesses create jobs.
And we can balance our budget the right way— not on the backs of our seniors—- but by closing corporate loopholes for companies that ship jobs overseas, and ending subsidies to Big Oil and yes, by making the multi-millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share.
And we can ensure we do not decimate Medicare.
We will keep the promises made to our seniors who have spent their lives paying into Medicare, so they can count on health care when they need it most.”
From House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi:
“Kathy Hochul’s victory tonight is a tribute to Democrats’ commitment to preserve and strengthen Medicare, create jobs, and grow our economy. And it sends a clear message that will echo nationwide: Republicans will be held accountable for their vote to end Medicare.
“Congresswoman-elect Hochul will add an independent, strong, passionate voice to the House Democratic Caucus as she works to build a better future for her constituents and for all Americans, bolster our middle class, support small businesses, and restore our economic prosperity.
“We look forward to welcoming her to the House of Representatives.”
From National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions:
“Republican Jane Corwin ran a hard-fought campaign against two well-funded Democrats, including one masquerading under the Tea Party name. Obviously, each side would rather win a special election than lose, but to predict the future based on the results of this unusual race is naive and risky. History shows one important fact: the results of competitive special elections from Hawaii to New York are poor indicators of broader trends or future general election outcomes. If special elections were an early warning system, they sure failed to alert the Democrats of the political tsunami that flooded their ranks in 2010.”
From state Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs:
“The voters of the 26th Congressional District gave voice tonight to the growing national consensus that Republican leadership has failed. Kathy Hochul’s come-from-behind victory is a testament to her hard work, perseverance and commitment to the values and principles that have defined Western New York. I congratulate Kathy while I extend our thanks to Congressman Steve Israel and the DCCC for all of their help as well as to Governor Cuomo who directed a full out effort to win this seat.”
From Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport, Monroe County:
“Tonight is a great night in Western New York. I offer my wholehearted congratulations to Kathy on her victory in the 26th district and look forward to welcoming her to Washington and to our hard-working New York delegation.
“Kathy ran an extraordinary campaign and her steadfast support for Western New York’s seniors who count on Medicare and Social Security was certainly noticed and endorsed by the voters of Western New York.
“We’re anxious to have Kathy in Washington and in case she needs it, I’ve got an extra bedroom.”