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August 11, 2008

Democratic candidate calls for special session

Looking for a sign that the Democrats’ decision to adjourn without bringing up energy legislation has been politically beneficial for Republicans?

Today Iraq war veteran Eric Massa, a Democrat challenging Rep. Randy Kuhl (R-N.Y.), called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to convene a special summer session to deal with high energy prices.

From the Hill:

Iraq veteran Eric Massa, who is making his second attempt at taking down Rep. Randy Kuhl (R-N.Y.), stressed that he disagrees with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on the issue. Pelosi has resisted calls — which have come almost exclusively from Republicans — for a special session.

“That is the main issue that I find myself in contention with Speaker Pelosi,” Massa said on a conference call. “I disagree with the Speaker.”

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Massa described his own announcement as “an extraordinary call to action” and sought to tie Kuhl to the president by suggesting the incumbent’s close voting record with the president should entitle him to some influence.

“I realize that I’m probably out there on my own on this one, but sometimes leadership is about seeing a way forward that no one else will see,” Massa said.

Massa, though, isn’t the only Democrat to speak out against his party’s leadership. Freshman Rep. Chris Carney (D-Pa.) aired an advertisement touting his decision to turn down vacation time even before the adjournment took place.