GOP underdog on his victory over top Democrat: ‘People in New York were fed up with one-party rule’

Newly elected Representative-elect Mike Lawler, R., of New York appeared on “Sunday Night in America” ​​to discuss the impact of his election leading up to the upcoming vote on a new Speaker of the House.

Lawler won a surprise victory in his district, not only winning a predominantly Democratic field, but also defeating DCCC Chairman Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. It is the first time Maloney has lost his seat since 2013.

Lawler credited his victory with focusing on constituents’ issues and with voters being tired of “one-party rule”.

“I focused specifically on inflation, crime, education, and those were issues you know my constituents cared about. This is a D+3 district on the PVI rating. Joe Biden won it by 10 points Won. It’s home to Bill and Hillary. Clinton, and George Soros. It’s not a rock-solid Republican district by any means, but people in New York were very fed up with one-party rule,” Lawler said.

Mike Lawler, Republican candidate for New York's 17th Congressional District, greets supporters at the end of a speech by Senate candidate Bill Weber during an election night party on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, in Pearl River, New York.

Mike Lawler, Republican candidate for New York’s 17th Congressional District, greets supporters at the end of a speech by Senate candidate Bill Weber during an election night party on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, in Pearl River, New York.
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He said, “For the first time in our country’s history, Democrats controlled everything in Washington, Albany and New York City at once. They created a mess. Inflation, rising crime, skyrocketing energy prices at a 41-year world high.” And people want it. Balanced and common sense restored at every level of government. And in New York, we saw a red wave, I think voters wanted to send a message, and they did.”

His election also helped Republicans retake the House majority, which would lead to a new vote for the Speaker of the House in January. Although some have expressed doubt whether Republicans can successfully agree on a nominee, Lawler threw his endorsement behind Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

“Listen, I am fully supporting Kevin McCarthy. I think he has done a great job leading the Republican convention over the last four years. He was extremely helpful in my run to defeat DCCC Chairman Sean Patrick Maloney . And I’m a big believer in what brought you to the dance. Loyalty counts for something in this business. I think the Republican convention will be as united under Kevin’s leadership as they should be,” Lawler said.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California speaks at an election event on November 9, 2022 in Washington.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California speaks at an election event on November 9, 2022 in Washington.
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He also commented, “I think come January 3rd, he will have the necessary number of votes to lead the House and set the agenda that many of us follow. You know, America’s The commitment is clearly focused on building the United States of America.” And more affordable to all of our communities, giving parents a say in their children’s education, securing our borders, securing our freedoms. Those are the ideals and values ​​that elected us. And I’m looking forward to working in January to implement that agenda.”

Regarding any Republican cynicism of McCarthy, he advised the delegates to focus primarily on the agenda, not the conflicts.

Congressional candidate Mike Lawler delivers a speech to supporters before learning of final results during an election night party on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022 in Pearl River, N.Y.

Congressional candidate Mike Lawler delivers a speech to supporters before learning of final results during an election night party on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022 in Pearl River, N.Y.
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“The objective here needs to be focused on the task at hand. Kevin McCarthy is not the enemy. The enemy here is one-party rule. The enemy is the woke progressive policies that have created an absolute mess in our country,” Lawler said.

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