The NRA agrees with me:
“Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun control group is backing candidates in dozens of contests in the midterm elections – but very few of them are in close races, The Washington Times reports. The list of safe endorsements by Bloomberg’s group, Everytown for Gun Safety, has immediately come under fire from the National Rifle Association. “It appears as though [Bloomberg] is trying to buy himself some headlines by investing in only safe races,” said NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam …”
That’s why I said a couple of days ago.
“… The newspaper also noted that more than half of the House candidates Bloomberg’s group endorsed are in districts where Democrats expect easy victories, suggesting that the group has had problems identifying candidates in tough contests who might reap the rewards of its financial endorsements …”
That’s pathetic. I assume Bloomberg has shelled out big bucks to political consultants to identify hot races and it appears they have not delivered. If I were Mike I’d be pissed.
“… Bloomberg spokesman Stu Loeser pointed out that only a chunk of the $50 million in Everyday funds will go to campaigns, while the rest will launch the group’s national educational and advocacy programs, as well as in-state gun control programs …”
Big deal. He’s done this a bunch of times before and gotten nothing to show for it.
“… Loeser said the former Republican mayor is planning to make more personal expenditures to candidates as well as further contributions to campaigns …”
But to whom? Incumbents costing towards easy victories? He’s not going to get much out of that strategy.
The Post-Standard tells the whole story:
“… [John] Katko, a former organized crime prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Syracuse, had been issued a .40-caliber Glock automatic pistol by the federal government after authorities received credible threats against his life. The loaded pistol was stolen after Katko left it in a canvas bag under the seat of his truck while visiting St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Syracuse, according to police reports. The pistol was not in a locked gun case, nor did it have a trigger lock as required by federal policies … Erin O’Connor, speaking for the Katko campaign … “Despite Mr. Maffei’s insinuations to the contrary, John’s conduct in this matter was fully investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice and no wrongdoing was found.” …”
The latest poll shows Maffei leading Katko with a large number of people not knowing who Katko is.
Our third Get Out The Vote ad running in the October issue of New York Game & Fish magazine.
“Democratic Congressional candidate Kathleen Rice received the endorsement of two anti-gun violence advocacy groups Wednesday — including Every Town for Gun Safety, a group launched by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg … New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Executive Director Leah Gunn Barrett was also on hand to announce the group’s support of Rice …”
“State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk and her Republican Senate challenger George Amedore traded insults and blame over the locally unpopular SAFE Act and public ethics during an hourlong debate at the historic Proctor’s Theater Tuesday night …”
This isn’t what Governor Cuomo wants to hear. SAFE is a hot issue all over the state despite media pundits trying to downplay it.
“… “I support the Second Amendment and people’s rights to bear arms—I do not support how this process was voted on,” Tkaczyk said. “I think there are some good things in the SAFE Act, like universal background checks, that provide protection for people to protect themselves from gun violence … “[But] it’s also important to acknowledge that there are things that should be changed. You should be able to put 10 bullets in your 10-clip magazine. I support the aspects of the SAFE Act that should stay, but I’m open to reform,” she said …”
Has she introduced “reform” legislation? No.
“… Amedore, a former assemblyman (and, very briefly, state senator), called the law “a complete infringement on our constitution and our freedom, our Second Amendment.” … “The bill was flawed,” he continued. “The bill was unconstitutional … Take the politics out of it, the knee-jerk reaction, and let’s do it so that we’re not infringing on our Second Amendment rights.” …”
Knee-jerk reactions are what Albany does best.
“… In her rebuttal, Tkaczyk pointed to Republican conference leader Dean Skelos, who represents Long Island, as the reason the bill passed … “In fact, your mentor, Dean Skelos, who is leader of the Republican party in the Senate, negotiated it, brought it to the floor and voted for it,” she said, to thunderous applause. “The Republican Senate put it on the floor, not me.” …”
Credit where credit is due, she is exactly right. Skelos made no effort to stop it or even slow the process down. Republicans own SAFE as much as Cuomo.
“The gun-control group started this year by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is making its first significant political investments of the midterms — announcing endorsements in more than 100 federal and state contests and launching television commercials in two states … Nearly a third of Everytown’s targets are in state races, including places such as Colorado and Delaware where legislators have passed stricter gun-control laws in recent years. Seven Democrats running for governor also won the group’s backing … Andrew Cuomo of New York … “
If this is such a big deal then why haven’t I seen a press release from Cuomo’s campaign committee touting this endorsement? Not only hasn’t there been one, Andrew is keeping his entire re-election campaign as low profile as possible. That isn’t a sign of leadership or confidence.