01
Oct

Govenor Cuomo gets support from the very literal definition of a RINO:

Notice how he doesn’t mention SAFE by name and misrepresents what it actually did.

From the Poughkeepise Journal, “Barrett, Kelsey discuss SAFE Act, Common Core, fracking“:

“… [Mike] Kelsey would seek to repeal the SAFE Act … Mental health services are a better way to address the issue, he said, and cited a lack of beds at facilities for the mentally ill, particularly for youth.  [Didi] Barrett said, as a mother, she stands by her vote in favor of the law …”

30
Sep

G. Elmer makes noise about a possible presidential bid in ’16:

“Former NY Governor George Pataki is privately gearing up for a 2016 presidential run, according to sources, and was spotted meeting GOP kingmaker David Koch last week … sources tell us now that summer is over, Pataki is getting serious, and was spotted meeting with Koch at the Four Seasons restaurant last Wednesday …”

This is total bullshit. Absolutely nobody is clamoring for the second coming of Pataki.

28
Sep
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I have been informed that internal polls show Rob Astorino within 10 points of Governor Cuomo.  That is pretty much what I figured and explains why both candidates have been acting the way they have been.

26
Sep
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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.

26
Sep
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Rep. Dan Maffei’s ad is even sleazier than the one Gov. Cuomo’s campaign is running against Rob Astorino accusing him of corruption.

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.

25
Sep
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Our third Get Out The Vote ad running in the October issue of New York Game & Fish magazine.