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Several top New York Republicans said that Congressman Vito Fossella's resignation will come very soon.The article points out that the Democrats might have a better chance at picking up an open seat in November than a low-turnout election in late summer, so it's very unclear if a Special Election will be held before the convention. But hey, can't a blogger dream of 798 superdelegates?
There was political concern about how best to preserve the seat for the Republicans -- questions about immediate resignation versus finishing out his term and retiring -- but the calculation is there's nothing to be gained from Fossella sticking around. While Staten Island Republicans believe Fossella could at least serve out his term (the rest of the year) national Republicans want him gone. Now.
If Fossella resigns before July 1, Gov. David Paterson has the option of calling that special election. There are no time parameters on making the declaration, but once Paterson calls for a special election it has to be run in 30 to 40 days. But a more likely scenario, according to one Democratic consultant, is that Paterson would not declare a special election since the general election would come such a short time after the special election. - WNBC.com