Everyone into the pool

Yet another possible GOP challenger to Governor Cuomo:

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb is considering a run for governor in 2018. The Canandaigua Republican said Wednesday he’s been asked by party leaders, other elected officials and members of the business community to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat who will likely seek a third term next year … He has considered running for higher office before. He was mentioned as a possible candidate for Congress in 2010 and 2012, but he opted not to run. He asked to run against U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in 2010. He passed on that race, too …”

On guns, Kolb is an NRA member and has been supportive of gun rights while in the Assembly:

“… After Cuomo signed the SAFE Act, a gun control measure adopted in 2013, Kolb said it was the “worst piece of legislation” he’s seen during his Assembly career …”

However, he does have some negatives:

These guys have a point.

Our next contestant

Actress Cynthia Nixon is the latest name being floated as a possible Democrat challenger to Governor Cuomo in ’18.

I don’t believe she has the ability to knock Cuomo out in a primary, but with her name recognition I could see her embarrassing him by doing as well if not a bit better than Zephyr Teachout did in ’14.

Good time to push reciprocity

NRA is making some noise about reciprocity:

Now is a good time to make the push.

It is clear that although the Republican Congress doesn’t have their shit together, the Democrats are even worse off. The DNC is bad financial shape. NRA needs to lean hard on Democrats they’ve supported in the past. With the DNC being unable to help, incumbents will need to go elsewhere and NRA can make moving reciprocity a condition for ’18 election endorsements.

#NY19 candidate forum

Citizen Action of New York is hosting a CD-19 Democrat candidate forum Wednesday evening in Kingston with 7 of the 8 declared candidates attending.

The district is more or less evenly divided Republican-Democrat and could easily swing Democrat next election so it is worth the time for concerned gun owners to get to know what these candidates are all about.  Plus the fact that I don’t trust John Faso to keep his word on gun rights.

 

Not what Cuomo wants to hear

The Post-Standard reports:

“… In a Spectrum New / Siena College poll released Wednesday, [Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner] proved popular among Syracuse Democrats. Still, 47 percent would pick Cuomo in a primary for governor, compared to 38 percent for Miner …”

The poll uses only a small, local sample, but anytime an incumbent is under 50% it’s not a good thing.

He’s nowhere near being in danger of losing a Democrat primary, but I think this is a sign that if there is one, the challenger would be able to embarrass the Governor much like Zephyr Teachout did in ’14.

Locals already knew that

Kathleen Rice has a long history of contempt for gun owners rights going back to her time as Nassau County District Attorney. She’s continued on with this in Congress.

Thanks to this Tweet, the rest of the country knows about her as well.

NRA responded with an effort using the #RemoveRice hashtag to get her booted from the Homeland Security Committee. I doubt that will work and it sure won’t stop her from continuing her campaign against gun rights in the future.

If NRA really wants to make a statement they should dump money on whomever her opponent is next year regardless of their position on guns because Tweetstorms won’t cut it.

Two more names

Two more names have come up as possible challengers for Governor Cuomo next year.

First is Democrat Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner:

“… [Stephanie Miner], who is term-limited out of her current office at the end of the year, said she’s been approached by different people about running for governor, Congress or state Senate. “I’m taking everybody’s phone calls,” she said. The inquiries to run against Cuomo as a progressive alternative have come from a mix of the “professional left, some advocates, consultants and just the public in general,” Miner said …”

I believe she would be a stronger challenger to Cuomo than Terry Gipson would be.

Next is Republican Senator John DeFrancisco:

“… [Senator John DeFrancisco], said in an interview Friday that he began traveling around the state to attend Republican events and float his name as a potential gubernatorial candidate … “I think it’s just prudent to go around and see what level of support there is,” he said. “And if there is, then I’ll seriously consider it.” …”

His level of supports peaks at about the same as a generic Anybody But Cuomo candidate.

“… DeFrancisco said he was “instrumental” in helping [George] Pataki in central New York …”

I would not bring this up in an interview.

“… “Quite frankly, the rallying cry was not a great movement for George Pataki but the rallying cry was ‘Anybody but Cuomo,'” DeFrancisco recalled. “I just think that’s the same situation we’re in now …””

That’s the way he’s selling himself?  That is just as bad as the Democrat’s, I mean, have you seen the other guys?

People want to vote for someone, not just against an incumbent.  Does DeFrancisco seriously believe this is going to motivate people to get behind him?

Gipson considering challenging Cuomo

Some rumormongering:

“After losing re-election in 2014 and then a rematch last year, former Sen. Terry Gipson appears to have a new target: Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The former Democratic senator from the Hudson Valley recently wrote to progressive groups in New York saying he is considering a primary against the governor in 2018, when Cuomo plans to seek a third term. “I’m a former NY State Senator (D) and believe that New York deserves a real Democratic governor that will lead our party and move true Democratic policy forward,” Gipson wrote in an email July 19 to the group, NY Progressive Action Network …”

It is no secret that a lot of Democrats are unhappy with Cuomo and would like to see him primaried.  However, no big name candidates such as Eric Schneiderman have stepped up to the plate.  If Gipson did make a run he would likely receive a sizeable amount of money from far-left groups, but unlike Zephyr Teachout, Gipson isn’t well known outside Dutchess County and his credentials largely consist of him bitching about Cuomo on Twitter.  It would take much more than that to pose a serious threat to the Governor’s re-election plans.

Six million dollar man

Governor Cuomo raised $5 million in the first half of this year for his 2018 re-election campaign bringing the total in his bank account to $25.7 million.

He raised an additional $1 million to be used to oust New York House Republicans.

New Yorkers don’t want him to run for President, but I see him doing a repeat of 2014 where he threatens to use this money against Republican Senators and the GOP essentially gives him a pass on a 3rd term as Governor.  I have not even heard anything recently about potential GOP gubernatorial candidates.  There’s just nothing.

#NY22 campaign is going to be ugly

If this article in the Press & Sun-Bulletin is any indication, next year’s race for the 22nd Congressional District is going to be very ugly:

“… Rep. Claudia Tenney is already launching a character attack against her new opponent, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, by making an issue of his father’s “notorious” background as a lawyer who decades ago represented defendants with ties to organized crime …”

Savage!

“… While Democrats are pushing his moderate record and “A” rating from the National Rifle Association, she called him a liberal progressive who is part of “the machine in Albany.” …”

I’d say both are true.

If it is this nasty now, what is this race going to look like six months down the road?

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