In one of the more bizarre Congressional scandals in recent times, back in February, Republican Chris Lee resigned from the House of Representatives. It seems that a Maryland woman had posted an ad on a dating website where she was looking for a financially secure, emotionally secure man who doesn’t look like a toad. So Lee, naturally enough, responded to the ad, claiming to be a 39 year old lobbyist who was single and very fit. He also attached a photo of himself shirtless, apparently so she knew he did not have any amphibian tendencies.

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Well, unfortunately for Lee, the unnamed Maryland woman found out that he was not actually a lobbyist, but instead was a Congressman, and turned him in to Gawker, a gossipy website. This was embarrassing to Lee, who was married with one child. He was urged to quell the controversy by resigning from Congress which he did the next day.

A special election has been called to fill Lee’s seat for May 24th. It was expected that, if it were a 2 person election, a Republican would easily hold the seat, since this is one of the more conservative districts in the northeast. This century, the district has only supported Republican Presidential candidates and has only elected members of the GOP to Congress. In Lee’s re-election effort last year, he received over 70% of the vote.

But, as has been true in many of the special election elections in the last few years, there is a fly in the ointment called the Tea Party. With a third-party candidate in the race, neither the Democrat nor the Republican candidate has been able to get any kind of lead. American Crossroads, a funding organization for many Republicans has pledged that it will contribute over $650,000 to the Republican, Jane Corwin’s campaign. Thus far, her campaign has been largely self-funded. In return, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee plans to pay for ads for the Democrat, Kathy Hochul. The Tea Party candidate is a former Democrat, Jack Davis.

A poll that was recently completed shows Hochul with a small lead; however, as the survey was conducted by a Democratic firm, little reliability is attached to its findings.