By Joshua Altman - 09/14/11 03:51 PM EDT
National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) pointed the finger at President Obama for the Democrats' loss in the New York special election for former Rep. Anthony Weiner's (D) seat.
"The president had negative ratings of up to 60 percent, and when a president carries this kind of baggage into these kinds of special elections, it reverberates all across the country,” Sessions said.
A poll by Public Policy Polling found that Obama had only a 31 percent approval rating in the New York district that is home to Sen. Charles Schumer (D) and elected its first Republican congressman since 1923 on Tuesday.
Sessions advised Democrats that Tuesday’s elections mean "that the playbook the Democrats were counting on for 2012, they’re going to have to reconstruct now.”