Aborn did coke

More revelations from Richard Aborn at last nights candidate debate:

“… The moderator, Dominic Carter of NY1, asked if the candidates had ever used a drug other than marijuana … Mr. Aborn, a managing partner in a law firm, said he also had more than 30 years ago … After the debate, Mr. Aborn said he had used cocaine …”

Was it at 54?

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Republicans: Good, bad & ugly

The Good:

Greg Ball, “New York’s Ball Added to NRCC’s ‘Young Guns’ Program“:

“… Ball, who is taking on second-term Democratic Rep. John Hall in New York’s 19th District, was added to the first tier of the party program for GOP candidate recruits … “By achieving ‘On the Radar’ status, Ball has already proven his ability to build a successful campaign structure and achieve important fundraising goals,” the NRCC said in a release …”

The Bad:

We deserve better, “Maneuvering begins for 2010 state elections“:

Giuliani versus Cuomo? Paterson versus Lazio? Speculation and jockeying is well under way for the 2010 elections, when five statewide seats will be on the ballot …”

The Ugly:

He’s out of his mind, “Pataki plays possible Senate plans close to the vest“:

“… Remarkably, George Pataki is the ex-New York governor being viewed seriously as a potential 2010 candidate …”

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News of the day

Will Chuck Schumer endorse his former staffer David Yassky for Comptroller?  “We’ll see.”  That’s not what Yassky wants to hear.

Good commentary from Deroy Murdock on the CD-23 race:  “… this could become a referendum on the state party, which careened left under former Gov. George E. Pataki, a union-coddling, Bush-lite spendthrift who squandered the party’s and the state’s fortunes. If Mr. Hoffman bests Ms. Scozzafava on the Conservative line, he would expose the state Republican Party as an even emptier shell than it is today …”

The agenda for the upcoming special session in Albany still hasn’t been nailed down yet.  I suspect it will just be budget matters.

Upcoming fundraisers this month in Columbia and Greene counties.  Plus our sporting clays shoot at Wallkill on the 26th.

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Clinton not happy

Bill Clinton is not happy Richard Aborn used his photo in a campaign mailier titled “Richard Aborn is the NRA’s worst enemy”:

“… Bubba’s not happy. Clinton has not endorsed any candidate in the race, but a campaign flyer sent out by Aborn could leave voters with the impression that Aborn has his backing. The flyer features a photo of Clinton and Aborn shaking hands, followed by a quote from Clinton praising Aborn’s work on gun control. The flyer doesn’t tell voters that the quote comes from a letter Clinton sent Aborn 13 years ago …”

The flyer calls for a “crackdown on interstate gun trafficking … expanded buyback programs … microstamping.”

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Yassky running 3rd

The latest poll on the Comptroller race shows David Yassky running in 3rd place with 18%.

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Aborn getting desperate

Richard Aborn is getting desperate.  The Daily News reports:

“Manhattan district attorney candidate Richard Aborn portrays former Vice President Cheney as a “criminal” in a provocative new campaign mailer hitting Democrats’ mailboxes. Under the headline “One candidate for district attorney has spent 30 years taking guns out of the hands of criminals,” there’s a large color photo of Cheney with his hands on a rifle …”

So he’s trying to link two irrelevant issues to his campaign, Dick Cheney and gun control.  What do either of these have to do with the job of DA?  This is why Aborn is behind in the polls.  But it gets better:

“… The mailer also features a photograph of Aborn shaking hands with former President Bill Clinton and quotes the ex-president praising him, even though Clinton hasn’t endorsed him …”

David Yassky is trying the same tactic with Chuck Schumer.  It’s not working for him either.

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Problems for Cerberus Capital

Don’t know if this will affect Remington or their Illion facility, “Clients Flee Cerberus, Fallen Fund Titan“:

“… Investors in hedge funds run by Cerberus Capital Management LP, whose audacious multi-billion dollar bet on the U.S. auto industry went bust, are bolting for the door, clinching one of the highest-profile falls from grace of a superstar in the investment world. Clients are withdrawing more than $5.5 billion, or nearly 71% of the hedge fund assets, in response to big investment losses and their own need for cash, according to people familiar with the matter …”

H/T: Say Uncle

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Candidates in CD-23

Here are the candidates to replace John McHugh in CD-23:

Scozzafava’s record in the Assembly over the last 10 years has been a B/B+ — Supports RKBA/votes for pro-gun legislation and initiatives.  Hoffman has a short statement on his campaign website: “I am a strong supporter of second amendment and will protect an individual’s right to keep and bear arms.” Owens’ website does not have any position statements yet.

What other people are saying on the race.

Conservative Party Chair Mike Long:

“… To call Dede Scozzafava a “moderate Republican” shows a blatant disregard for her stated beliefs, her voting record and her actions. To insinuate her liberal views are only on social issues shows an ignorance of her political career …”

Senator Chuck Schumer:

… “Obviously, from our side the strongest candidate would have been (Darrel) Aubertine, but he’s not going to run. So I don’t have much to say about it other than that.” …

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Bloomberg’s bucks

Now we know why Jerry Jennings turned his back on his constituents:

“… Mayor Jerry Jennings took his prodigious fundraising act south last week, joining an undisclosed number of supporters for an evening affair at New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Manhattan home … Jennings and Bloomberg share a common cause in their quest to rid New York’s cities of illegal guns. Bloomberg is co-chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a national coalition to which Jennings belongs … Asked whether Bloomberg was endorsing Jennings, who is seeking a fifth term this year, [spokeswoman Carolyn] Ehrlich said that the fact that Bloomberg hosted the party at his home spoke to his support …”

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Pardon Plaxico?

There’s some talk in the sports world about a pardon for Plaxico Burress:

“… If Paterson ultimately opts to exit the 2010 race, a pardon would entail no political consequences. If Paterson loses the primary (based on July polling, he trails likely opponent Attorney General Andrew Cuomo by a margin of more than two to one), a pardon likewise would create no fallout …”

Plus it would be fun to watch Mayor Mike’s reaction.

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