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Incumbent politicians remain difficult to beat

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People often complain about politicians. But few of them are ever voted out of office. A post-election analysis by the New York Public Interest Research Group found that this election was no different: Most incumbents will retain their seats, with a handful of notable exceptions. “It’s somewhat similar to what we’ve seen in the past,” said Bill Mahoney, NYPIRG’s research coordinator. The NYPIRG analysis examines the number of incumbent state legislators defeated in the general ...

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November 11, 2012
5:58 a.m.

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To quote Robin Williams (as Tom Dobbs, quoting Benjamin Franklin), "Politicians are a lot like diapers. They should be changed frequently, and for the same reason." But, alas, how often does that happen?

November 11, 2012
12:22 p.m.

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"Turner said that there’s another reason incumbents tend to win year after year. “Most of them are doing a good job,” he said."

Are you kidding???? What exactly constitutes a good job???? NYS assembly and senate do nothing but bicker back and forth along party lines, and circle the wagons when one of their own gets caught.

On a national level...spare me. Jesse Jackson Jr Il-2 is re elected with 70%, even though he's been hiding in the hospital from the FBI for six months. He hasn't performed his duties as a congressman, didn't campaign, yet paid his wife's company 5000.00 a month out of campaign funds. This is good????

John Tierney, MA-6 was re elected, even though his wife did time for racketeering, and his brother in law is still doing time for running an off shore gambling ring. Does anyone believe that Tierney didn't know about this? This is a good job???
I cited two Dems just because I'm familiar with them, however there are just as many corrupt Repubs


November 11, 2012
12:34 p.m.

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having read many posts from voters over the last four about their frustration with their politicians, especially those in the congress and senate, i was once again dissapointed with the outcome. so once again voters, and you have no reason to gripe, you failed.