By Julian Pecquet and Jamie Klatell - 05/30/11 07:18 PM EDT
Then-RNC Chairman Michael Steele, Nov. 4, 2009
"In a state that overwhelmingly voted in favor of President Obama, this stunning defeat of Corzine sends a clear message to Democrats across the country. Americans have grown sick and tired of big government and reckless spending, and this vote is a sound rejection of the far-left policies that are hurting our nation."
Then-White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, Nov. 4, 2009
"It's hard to pick national trends out of local elections."
DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, May 24, 2011:
"Tonight's [special election] result has far-reaching consequences beyond New York. It demonstrates that Republicans and Independent voters, along with Democrats, will reject extreme policies like ending Medicare that even Newt Gingrich called radical. With this election in the rear-view mirror, it is my hope that Republicans will accept the message being sent by voters."
"Special elections are just that. They're special."