A piece in the Staten Island Advance today describes former Staten Island congressman Mike McMahon “laying the groundwork for a comeback” by passing out a detailed spreadsheet at a liberal Democratic club explaining why he lost to newcomer Michael Grimm .
According to McMahon, “Obama voters”–those who traveled to the polls for the first time in 2008 and helped turn the seat Democratic–failed to materialize in 2010.
“The 13th Congressional District is fertile ground to get more activists out to vote,” McMahon told the members of the Gaeta Democratic club. “We need to get back the congressional seat, the [East Shore] Assembly seat, the district attorney’s seat.”
According to sources on Staten Island, McMahon is making something of a tour of the borough’s Democratic clubs in recent days, hitting up the Staten Island Democratic Association on Jan 18th, the Young Democrats of Richmond County on Jan 20th, the Democratic Organization of Richmond County next Monday, the North Shore Democratic Club on Tuesday and the South Shore Democratic Club on January 9, in addition to the Gaeta last night.
All that said, it is not clear that McMahon’s analysis is entirely correct. This district was carried by John McCain in 2008, and having Obama at the top of the ticket in 2012, especially with the energized Tea Party presence on the island, could hurt any Democratic efforts to take back the seat.