Mother Jones writes:
“Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg officially entered the 2020 Democratic race Sunday with a potent asset: The vast trove of email addresses amassed by Moms Demand Action, the nonpartisan gun control advocacy organization hosted under the umbrella of Everytown for Gun Safety, which Bloomberg co-founded and largely finances. The leaders of Moms Demand Action state chapters and local groups received the news from Aimee Tavares, a senior national organizing director for the group, who sent an email roughly three and a half hours after news broke that Bloomberg would formally announce his candidacy. “Given his unique role in launching Everytown, his leadership in advancing the cause of gun safety, and the significant investments he’s made in helping to grow our movement, Mayor Bloomberg’s campaign is temporarily renting access to our list of supporters so they can communicate his plans for achieving our shared goal of a nation free from gun violence,” Tavares wrote …”
So, how has Duh Maya’s gun control advocacy gone over with the Democrat base?
Not very well:
“Michael Bloomberg’s past efforts to support gun control by endorsing Republicans are already backfiring on his presidential bid in Pennsylvania, highlighting how the party-switching former New York City mayor and multibillionaire media mogul could struggle to win over his new party’s partisans … The resistance to Bloomberg in Pennsylvania exemplifies the broader struggle the Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat might face as he campaigns for his new party’s nomination. Bloomberg has a long history of backing and funding candidates in both parties, including supporting politicians whom the Democratic base views as out-and-out villains … In the 2018 election cycle, he backed Rep. Peter King, a Long Island Republican infamous in Democratic circles for his anti-Muslim views and record. King has supported some gun control measures, including his introduction of a 2011 bill … that would have barred people from bringing a gun within 1,000 feet of a government official. But King’s decades long career in Congress includes its fair share of votes against tougher gun rules, such as a 1999 effort to close a loophole exempting gun shows from background checks …”
Incumbent Congressman Joe Morelle is facing a Democrat primary challenger next year:
“Robin Wilt has kicked off her campaign to run again for the 25th Congressional District. That’s the seat now held by Democrat Joe Morelle, who was elected last year to the spot held by the late Louise Slaughter for many years. Wilt ran unsuccessfully for the same congressional seat in a Democratic primary in June of 2018 … When contacted about a possible opponent last summer, Morelle’s office issued a statement saying that he has been, “fighting tirelessly to lower prescription drug prices and protect individuals with pre-existing conditions, safeguard our planet from the devastating effects of climate change, ensure every woman has the right to make her own healthcare decisions, and enact common-sense gun reform like universal background checks.” …”
Morelle has never been a friend of gun owners. Based upon her position statement Wilt isn’t either:
“Adding to the debate around gun reform in the United States, Robin centers the issue of urban gun violence. Rochester is one of the murder capitals of the country, and we need policies that combat not only mass shootings, but gun violence as a whole. We need to talk about why we as a community have become inured to gun violence when it happens in only some places, to some people. Robin believes we need to also talk about access, not just background checks, as well as the tagging of ammunition—something the gun lobby has fought for decades against. We need to target the illicit transfer of guns, limit accessibility, and hold gun manufacturers accountable for the proliferation of guns.”
How can Rochester be “one of the murder capitals of the world” given that Govenor Cuomo signed his so-called SAFE Act in Rochester back in ’13?
“It is appropriate to sign the NY SAFE Act here in Rochester, where just weeks ago a gunman senselessly murdered two first responders as they responded to a fire in Webster,” Governor Cuomo said. “This new law will limit gun violence through common sense, reasonable reforms that will make New York a safer place to live. When society confronts serious issues, it is the function of government to do something, and the NY SAFE Act will now give New York State the toughest, strongest protections against gun violence in the nation.”
Neither Morelle nor Wilt intend to confront serious issues.
Following up on Chris Jacobs’ recent stunt, here is a brief position statement from one of the two declared Democrat candidates for the open seat in CD-27, Melodie Baker:
“… Raised in rural Texas and then moving to Buffalo with her family at a young age has had an impact on how Baker views a number of issues – including guns. Her letter to Chairman Zellner says she learned to shoot a 12-gauge gun before she was a teenager, and she tells Carter her family has used guns for generations to hunt meals. Baker supports the second amendment and the use of guns as tools, she says, but does not support their use as weapons. “I certainly think people who have a history of violence and mental health instability, need to definitely not have those guns and even the type of guns — AK-47s do not belong on the street …”
Sounds like she’s pandering to the Fudds while supporting the gun ban agenda.
As for the other candidate Nate McMurray, he appears to have the support of the Brady’s in spite of making some questionable remarks to his political opposition.
The Dutchess County Democrats are trying to attack Marc Molinaro and County Legislator Will Truitt by somehow implying that guns = hate (I guess).
First off, Truitt didn’t shoot that donkey picture and they deleted his comment:
Second, that Molinaro letter is old. As far as I’m concerned he burned his bridges during last year’s laughable gubernatorial campaign.
According to the Poughkeepsie Journal:
“Marc Molinaro made quite an entrance at the Schoharie County Republican Party’s annual summer fundraiser Sunday. The Dutchess County executive and 2018 gubernatorial candidate helicoptered in — literally — to make an appearance as those in attendance noshed on clams and barbecue at a Cobleskill driving range and mini-golf course. Molinaro’s arrival at the GOP event in the rural county west of Albany turned heads, not just because of the roar of the engine. It came as some Republican officials are mentioning him as a possible challenger to Rep. Antonio Delgado …”
His godawful campaign for Governor last year should have ended all talk like this. That is hasn’t shows the New York GOP has learned nothing from the man-beating they got at the polls.
The Hill reports:
“Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) may face a primary challenge from a first-time candidate who played a key role in organizing Albany’s first sexual harassment hearing in nearly three decades …”
This is how the NRA can be effective in NYC politics: Tell members to vote for anyone but Maloney in the primary. With turnout low it won’t take much to push her off the cliff like Joe Crowley. There is no need to get into a discussion about the other candidates and their stance on gun rights. It’s real simple. Does the incumbent support 2A? No. Vote for their opponent.
There will be a special election for Ulster Co. Executive on Tuesday, April 30th.
The choice is between Democrat Pat Ryan and Conservative Jack Hayes. The Republicans could not put up their own candidate and are backing Hayes.
Ryan is an antigun ideologue.
Hayes does not have a record on the issue that I am aware of. He was rated ? by NRA for his previous bid for State Assembly in 2016.
Considering Ryan’s public statements on 2A, Hayes is the better choice for gun owners although I expect Ryan is going to walk all over him in the election. Hayes does not have a functioning website and has not filed any fundraising paperwork with the BoE. Turnout will be low so an upset is not inconceivable.
“A little more than 5 months after Republican U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik was re-elected to her third term, the 2020 campaign has started, with Democrat Tedra Cobb officially entering the race on Monday to unseat her … Cobb lost to Stefanik, 42% to 56%, in 2018. Green Party candidate Lynn Kahn received 1.4%. Stefanik won 10 of the 12 counties in the district, but Cobb outpolled Stefanik in Essex and Clinton counties, where the number of registered Democrats outnumbers registered Republicans …”
Based upon her poor showing last time around, plus the fact that New York will likely lose 2 Congressional seats after the 2020 redistricting, I don’t think either the state or national party is going to give much support to Cobb.
I was a guest on Bill Frady’s Lock N Load podcast Episode 29 and discussed passage of the recent gun control bills.
His radio broadcast airs on WYSL in Rochester.
Pat Ryan, one of the Democrats who ran a primary last year for CD-19, is back and running for Ulster County Executive:
Ryan went all-in for gun control during his Congressional bid last year and his new website has this nugget:
“Pat has worked to elect Democrats across Ulster County, and has been an advocate on important issues like gun violence prevention.”
His GOP opponent has not been nominated yet, but anyone is preferable to him.