08 November, 2006

It's Hall In The 19th!!

John Hall rode the Democratic wave he helped to create, winning a seat in Congress from New York's 19th District Tuesday night.

Hall will be one of the two dozen or so (at this writing) new Democrats in what will be a Democrat-controlled House come January after defeating Republican incumbent Sue Kelly in a tight race.

With 96% of the vote counted Hall held a 51% to 49% lead. Most of the remaining precincts are in Westchester, where Hall had a large margin of victory.

Hall spoke to a room packed with jubilant supporters at the Colonial Terrace in Cortlandt Manor.

"Our win tonight shows that people power still rules," a beaming Hall told the crowd. "It shows that individual contributions can overcome $2 million from the special interests. It shows that truth can overcome lies ... We still have the power to fight the power."


Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel, who scored an easy win in his bid for re-election from the 17th District made the trip up the Palisades Parkway to join Hall on his big night. With the addition of Hall, and about two dozen other Democrats in the House, Engel says it's time for a change in Washington.

"John's victory tonight is part of a watershed election," Engel said in an interview. "We (the Democrats) have an opportunity now and I think we're ready to seize that opportunity.

"You can see by the excitement in this room that the people of this district are itching for a change and the same is true across the country, as we saw tonight."

Engel said the nationwide results are evidence that voters are tired of special-interest politics. "The people are saying we want you to start working for our interests."

Later today look for more on the other races across the state as well as quotes from a one-on-one interview with Hall.

(PHOTO CREDIT: Ron Vallo NYPols; Pictured: John Hall and his wife Pamela Tuesday night in Cortlandt Manor.)


At 6:27 AM, Anonymous Sam said...

This is terrific news. John Hall represents the kind of change we need in the House.

I guess Sue Kelly can run away again, for the last time.

At 3:32 PM, Anonymous Matt Vallo said...

Great news! i didnt realize that NYPOLS has its own photographer!


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