A live audience greeted Democrat John Hall, the apparent winner of the 19th District Congressional seat, for his second appearance on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report which aired last night.
Host Stephen Colbert had vowed to invite Hall, a founding member of the 1970s soft rock band Orleans, back for a duet of the Star Spangled Banner if the singer-song writer won the election. Colbert sang baritone or what Hall described as “the tuba part.”
Colbert suggested six-term Republican incumbent Sue KellyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s refusal to appear on the showÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s know-a-district segment may have led to her downfall.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“She could have gotten the Colbert bump, instead she got the Colbert dump!Ã¢â‚¬? he proclaimed.
Two clips are available on the showÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s web site here.
Hall’s television appearance didn’t convince Kelly, of Katonah, to concede. Kelly has hired Republican lawyer John Ciampoli to represent her until “every single vote is counted” in the recanvassing and absentee ballot count. Unofficial election results show Hall leading 51 to 49 percent. Ciampoli also represents Republican Sen. Nicholas Spano who appears to have lost to Democrat Andrea Stewart-Cousins in the 35th District state Senate race.
This afternoon, Hall took “a victory lap” around Mount Kisco to thank Westchester voters for giving him the lead in the tight race.
“My wife Pamela and I will attend a dinner for new (House) members and a candle light tour of Washington on Sunday,” said the beaming former school board president and Ulster County legislator. “Orientation (at the House) is Monday.”