New York Gov. David Paterson has called for a special election Nov. 2 to fill the seat held by former U.S. Rep. Eric Massa, who resigned amid an investigation into whether he sexually harassed male staffers.
Massa resigned in March. Paterson said then he would call a special election to replace the Democrat as quickly as possible. But Wednesday he said concerns about new electronic voting machines and the cost of a special election had persuaded him to wait.
GOP strategists say Paterson delayed to boost Democratic chances of keeping the 29th Congressional District seat, in western New York. The seat is believed to be ripe for a Republican takeover.
Massa cited a recurrence of cancer when he resigned. He later admitted groping a male staffer but said it was non-sexual tickling.