Tedra Cobb Fumbles When Asked About Support for Assault Weapons Ban

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Fake mailing follow-up

A follow-up story to the fake mailing a couple weeks ago is in today’s Buffalo News, “Niagara GOP chair calls for probe of ‘dirty pool’ political mail“:

Niagara County Republican Chairman Richard L. Andres Jr. called Monday for an investigation into a seemingly bogus letter, sent to voters before the June 23 primary for county judge. The letter, from a group called the Coalition for Safe Schools, supported tough gun control laws and endorsed the GOP-backed Caroline A. Wojtaszek for county judge on that basis. But Andres said the letter was sent to GOP and Conservative voters most likely to oppose gun regulation, in an apparent attempt to tarnish Wojtaszek with them …”

I’m curious to know who was behind the mailing as well.  Obviously it was someone opposed to Wojtaszek, but I’m interested in why they choose gun control instead of some other issue.

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Wednesday’s Newsbits:

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Assorted reports on political campaigns where guns are mentioned.

Looking at the 94th Assembly District Showdown:

New York’s 94th Assembly District’s election this year features a newcomer to politics, Stephanie Keegan vs. the incumbent, Assemblyman Kevin Byrne. Continuing my efforts to bring you information about some of the more prominent races on our ballot this November, I sought out and was able to catch up with the challenger last week. Ms. Keegan was gracious enough to answer my questions … I believe in sensible gun laws and was awarded a 2020 Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate Distinction. He voted no on prohibiting domestic abusers from purchasing firearms, voted no to prohibit firearms on school campuses, voted no on amending background check regulations, and has an A rating from the NRA …”

102nd Assembly: Kraat challenges Tague:

Republican Christopher Tague was first elected as the assemblyman for District 102 in an early-2018 special election … Now, Tague is defending his seat from a new Democratic challenger, Betsy Kraat … On gun laws, Kraat said she’s content with the state’s Secure Ammunition and Firearm Enforcement Act, and doesn’t see further legislation coming down the pipeline anytime soon. Kraat referenced the arrest of a father and son in Saugerties in 2018 after police investigated them for threats made against the local school district, where Kraat said her kids now attend. The father and son had a hoard of firearms, police discovered. “I know that gun owners are resentful of those,” Kraat said of restrictions in the SAFE Act, “but we also have to take into consideration the violence.” … Tague, a lifelong gun owner, is a strong opponent of New York’s SAFE Act and any other measures that would infringe on the Second Amendment. “I’m a constitutionalist,” Tague said, “and I believe in the Second Amendment, and I believe in people’s Second Amendment rights. Owning a firearm is not all just about wanting to go out hunting and target shooting. The Second Amendment was put in place to be able to protect yourself, to be able to protect your family, your neighbors, and your property. “Responsible gun ownership is like everything else,” Tague continued. “If you own a car and you drive down the road it’s your responsibility to be a responsible operator of that vehicle. It’s the same thing with owning a gun. We cannot allow government to tell us everything we can or cannot do. That makes this country not America anymore … The reason why we’re the greatest country is because we allow people to think for themselves. We allow people to have personal responsibility. “Do accidents happen, do bad things happen?” Tague went on. “Yes, they do. I understand that. But you can’t legislate every single thing that could possibly happen because then there’s nothing left. And that’s one of the reasons why I ran, is because different aspects and different people in this country continue to infringe our constitutional rights. And once those constitutional rights are taken from us, we’re no longer America. We’re no longer that free country that’s gotten to where it is today … I will always defend the Second Amendment.” …”

Meet The Candidates: Christine Pellegrino For State Senate:

“… Democrat Christine Pellegrino, 51, of West Islip is running for for New York Senate’s 4th District. She is challenging incumbent republican nominee Phil BoyleCommon Sense Gun Safety: As a mother and a teacher, I stand for gun safety and stopping violent criminals, terrorists, and domestic abusers from easy access to powerful weapons that have killed children, teachers, and community members in a matter of minutes. I support the funding of research on gun violence prevention …”

Election 2020: NY Senate candidate Danks Burke prioritizes lower taxes, Medicaid reform:

“… In her 2016 run, [Leslie Danks Burke] took a strong stance against the NY SAFE Act gun control law. She said the law penalized law-abiding gun owners more than criminals, and that it was bad legislation because New York gun owners didn’t help draft it …”

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Assorted reports on political campaigns where guns are mentioned.

Meet The Candidates: Rob Bennett For State Assembly:

“… Independent Rob Bennett, 35, of Lindenhurst is running for New York’s 11th Assembly DistrictPro 2A, repeal the (Un) SAFE Act …”

Meet The Candidates: Judy Griffin For Assembly:

Democratic incumbent Judy Griffin is facing challenger Patricia Canzoneri-Fitzpatrick for her seat representing the 21st Assembly DistrictI am a strong advocate for common-sense gun legislation, and in my first term I was proud to sponsor and pass a package of common-sense gun legislation, which included my first bill that became law. The new law prohibits school administrators from arming teachers or other school employees in K-12 schools across the state and ensures that only qualified and capable individuals, school resource officers, law enforcement and security guards are legally allowed to carry guns on school grounds. Additionally, I am a co-sponsor on pending legislation that would prohibit the manufacture and sale of untraceable ghost guns by requiring gunsmiths to serialize and register firearms and unfinished frames or receivers …”

Kevin Thomas and Dennis Dunne, Sr. vie for New York State Senate District 6:

“… Thomas: In my first term, I secured record school aid for Nassau County, and over $500 million to clean up the Grumman Plume while making the property tax cap permanent, which will save taxpayers $189.9 billion over the next decade. All of this, in addition to new funding for our infrastructure, groundbreaking protections for our environment, relief for our student loan borrowers and common sense gun violence prevention made it one of the most productive sessions in New York state history …”

Barber, Oberacker square off in 51st district senate race for seat held by Seward:

Democrat James Barber and Republican Peter Oberacker will square off in the race for the 51st state Senate seat now held by Republican Sen. James L. SewardBoth also said they support the Second Amendment, with Barber saying he “strongly support(s) the second amendment, the first amendment, and every amendment that provides the citizens of this country with our rights, freedoms, protections, and equal justice.” Oberacker criticized the state’s SAFE Act as “poorly written, hastily passed and horribly implemented,” and said he would “oppose any unconstitutional legislation like the SAFE Act that restricts gun owners’ rights …”

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Biden thinking of Cuomo for A.G.

Media reports say Joe Biden is considering Andrew Cuomo for Attorney General should he win the election.

As if I needed another reason not to vote for Biden.

If this comes to pass Kathy Hochul would take over as Governor until the ’22 election when Tish James would run and push her aside.  There is no way Democrats would allow Hochul to run for a full term.  Mimi Rocah would then run for Attorney General.  At this point NYers would refer to Cuomo’s time as Governor as the good ol’ days.

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FSCUC October Meeting at Dwaarkill Rod & Gun Club

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Likely to happen

The Buffalo News delivers the bad news, “Supermajority in sight for State Senate Democrats as they dramatically outspend GOP“:

“… “We’re feeling very optimistic,” said Senate Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris, a Queens Democrat who is also chairman of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee. He cited everything from gun control to tenant protections as among the accomplishments of Democrats in their first two years in power …”

It’s probably going to happen.

At a minimum the Republicans will loose SD-46 and SD-56 which gives the Dems a supermajority of 42 seats. I see them losing SD-41 as well. Best chance for a GOP pickup is with Rob Astorino in SD-40.

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Fake mailing in Niagara County

Questionable political ads during the campaign are nothing new. Years ago upstate Democrats made use of the hunting license list to target Fudds with election mailings touting their candidates for being supposedly pro-hunting while concealing their anti-gun voting records.

This, however, takes that tactic a step further:

“… During the primary campaign, a mailer was sent to areas of the most pro-Second Amendment and gun rights communities in Niagara County from an organization that is decidedly in FAVOR of gun control. This pro-gun control organization touted the gun control credentials of Congressional candidate Nate McMurray and judicial candidate Carole Wojtaszek. It mentioned how these two candidates won the group’s endorsement because they support a robust agenda to essentially take gun rights away and keep our kids safe. This mailer, authored by Safe Schools Coalition, and sent to pro-gun rights voters, arrived in voters’ mailboxes on the day before the primary … Think about it: A mailer with Nancy Pelosi and other well-known liberals’ names attached to a group that supports stringent gun control, sent to an audience that is against more gun control! The endorsement of McMurray and Wojtaszek was meant to enrage voters against McMurray and Wojtaszek …”

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