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May 6, 2010

TEA-TV: Nixon’s Message to NYS Chairman Ed Cox


 



 




“NIXON” TO COX: “ED, HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND?”


 


“Um, Ed – it’s your father-in-law, the 37th president of the United States. Steve Levy? Ed, have you lost your mind? The man’s a goddam Democrat. Why he is still peeling the Barack Obama bumper sticker off his car. Levy gave money to Shelly Silver for Christ sakes, backed by the ACORN crowd and the Working Families Party. Jesus, Ed – they’re practically Communists! Ed, the right wing will go nuts, I know those guys – they’ve loved me since I nailed Alger Hiss. So let me make one thing perfectly clear: this Steve Levy sure looks like a loser to me.”


New York Races




TEA-TV: Nixon’s Message to NYS Chairman Ed Cox







“NIXON” TO COX: “ED, HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND?”


“Um, Ed – it’s your father-in-law, the 37th president of the United States. Steve Levy? Ed, have you lost your mind? The man’s a goddam Democrat. Why he is still peeling the Barack Obama bumper sticker off his car. Levy gave money to Shelly Silver for Christ sakes, backed by the ACORN crowd and the Working Families Party. Jesus, Ed – they’re practically Communists! Ed, the right wing will go nuts, I know those guys – they’ve loved me since I nailed Alger Hiss. So let me make one thing perfectly clear: this Steve Levy sure looks like a loser to me.”

 



CARL PALADINO: CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN FOR GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK.




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 6, 2010
Contact: Michael Caputo
716-867-5554
mc@paladinoforthepeople.com


PALADINO SCORES HOME COUNTY SUPPORT
Erie County lines up behind “favorite son”


(BUFFALO, NY) – The Erie County Republican Party Executive Committee and its chairman last night endorsed Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino for Governor. The County is expected to deliver solid support for Paladino at the New York GOP convention June 1-3, 2010.


“I’m pleased and honored to have the endorsement of my home County,” said Paladino. “We will be working hard to speak to every State Committee man and woman to assure united support at the Republican Convention.”


Erie County constitutes almost seven percent of the total statewide Republican Party Convention vote. Paladino needs to garner 25 percent at the June conclave to be eligible to enter the Republican Primary without collecting petitions.


“Carl Paladino is finding pockets of support within the statewide Republican organization as more and more State Committee members realize Carl is the only candidate with the resources and outsider message to beat Andrew Cuomo,” campaign manager Michael Caputo said. “And it’s not lost on anyone that Erie County is yet another seven percent out of reach for Democrat Steve Levy.”


The full text of the Erie County Republican Party Executive Committee endorsement follows:


“The Erie County Republican Executive Committee overwhelmingly endorses the candidacy of Carl P. Paladino for Governor of New York State.


Three and a half years of Democratic Gubernatorial control has resulted in a dysfunctional state government characterized by legislative bickering, the imposition of higher taxes and a climate of economic instability which has driven business and industry out of our state. New York desperately needs a leader with the experience and fortitude to stand up for all its citizens. People want a revolution in Albany and someone to lead that charge.


Erie County possesses such a person.


Carl Paladino is a businessman who has created private sector jobs in our community. We know him as someone who is deeply concerned with the vitality of our region and our state.


We also know Carl Paladino as a fighter who audaciously champions the cause to better the conditions of the men, women and children of Buffalo and Western New York.


And, we also know Carl Paladino as our friend.


No one act alone qualifies someone to high public office. No one act alone defines the character of the man who can run our great state. Over the course of many years, Carl Paladino has quietly, determinedly and unselfishly dedicated himself to our community. Through his efforts, Erie County has become a better place to live, work and raise a family. Our Republican Party and our community must take notice of his record of achievement.


It is for these reasons that the Erie County Republican Executive Committee wholeheartedly supports and endorses the candidacy of its favorite son, Republican Carl P. Paladino for Governor of New York State.”.


Levy lags Lazio in race for GOP chairmen support


 


 

  

 

 By BRYAN FITZGERALD, Special to the Times Union
First published in print: Friday, April 23, 2010

 

 
ALBANY — A statewide tally of Republican county chairmen shows gubernatorial hopeful Steve Levy has a rather large hurdle to clear to remain a viable candidate.The Suffolk County executive, a lifelong Democrat who is seeking the GOP ballot line, had endorsements from just 14 county chairmen holding a weighted vote of 26 percent, a Times Union survey conducted this week revealed.


 


GOP front-runner Rick Lazio, a former congressman, has the backing of 27 county chairmen who represent 51 percent of the weighted total. The chairmen of 19 counties remain neutral.


Levy announced at his campaign kickoff that he will switch parties, but his enrollment change to Republican won’t go into effect until Election Day. As a member of another party, he is required by law to gather more than 50 percent of the delegate vote at the Republican state convention in June to remain on the ballot. If the convention were held this week, Levy would need practically all of the undecided county chairmen to fall into his corner to maintain his bid.


Speaking at a Republican women’s conference earlier this week, state Republican Chairman Ed Cox — who handpicked and publicly endorsed Levy — acknowledged it may be a steep climb for the Long Island native.


Levy’s camp was quick to note that the numbers will be in flux until the convention. They anticipate that in the coming weeks at least a handful of county chairmen that represent districts with a sizable portion of the weighted vote will make the switch from Lazio to Levy.


County chairmen who have endorsed Lazio include leaders from Nassau, Westchester, Monroe, Kings, Orange, Saratoga, Richmond, Dutchess, Oneida, Niagara, Broome, Chautauqua, Chenango, Schenectady, Steuben, Putnam, Herkimer, Tioga, Washington, Otsego, Essex, Schoharie, Warren, Wayne, Cortland, St. Lawrence and Montgomery counties.


Levy has received endorsements from his home base of Suffolk County as well as the Republican leaders of Rockland, Ulster, Bronx, Ontario, Oswego, Onondaga, Chemung, Genesee, Livingston, Allegany, Franklin, Seneca and Schuyler counties.


Albany County Republican chairman John Graziano, whose district makes up a little more than 2 percent of the weighted vote, said he is strongly behind Levy — but didn’t want to use the word “endorsement.”


“I’m supportive of each of them, but more supportive of Levy,” Graziano said. “I think that either of them can defeat (Andrew) Cuomo.”


The chairmen of Erie, Queens, Manhattan, Rensselaer, Columbia, Jefferson, Cayuga, Greene, Clinton, Tompkins, Madison, Delaware, Sullivan, Fulton, Yates, Hamilton, Orleans and Lewis counties remain undecided.


Queens County chairman Phil Ragusa initially backed Lazio but then withdrew his endorsement; he’s now considering flipping to Levy.


“We’re neutral,” Ragusa said. “We’re looking for somebody who can win and mount a vigorous campaign, bring it down to a local level. … It’s important upon us to look at them both.”


Queens carries almost 4 percent of the weighted vote, the second-largest of any county with a neutral Republican chairman. Erie County remains the largest with an undecided chairman at just under 7 percent, with Manhattan coming in third at almost 3 percent. Erie County chairman James Domalgaski has said that he will never endorse Levy.

 


Wealthy Buffalo-area developer Carl Paladino, a Republican hopeful recently chastised by critics and party leaders for forwarding a series of sexually explicit and racist e-mails, has received no official endorsements.


Many of Lazio’s endorsements came when he was the only candidate on the Republican ticket.


Whoever wins the Republican primary faces another set of steep odds. Despite the fact that the attorney general and presumptive Democratic candidate has not declared his candidacy, Cuomo still polls ahead of the GOP candidates according polling from the Siena Research Institute.


Bryan Fitzgerald is a University at Albany student and the Times Union’s Capitol intern.



“NIXON” TO COX: “ED, HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND?”


“Um, Ed – it’s your father-in-law, the 37th president of the United States. Steve Levy? Ed, have you lost your mind? The man’s a goddam Democrat. Why he is still peeling the Barack Obama bumper sticker off his car. Levy gave money to Shelly Silver for Christ sakes, backed by the ACORN crowd and the Working Families Party. Jesus, Ed – they’re practically Communists! Ed, the right wing will go nuts, I know those guys – they’ve loved me since I nailed Alger Hiss. So let me make one thing perfectly clear: this Steve Levy sure looks like a loser to me.”

 



CARL PALADINO: CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN FOR GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK.




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 6, 2010
Contact: Michael Caputo
716-867-5554
mc@paladinoforthepeople.com


PALADINO SCORES HOME COUNTY SUPPORT
Erie County lines up behind “favorite son”


(BUFFALO, NY) – The Erie County Republican Party Executive Committee and its chairman last night endorsed Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino for Governor. The County is expected to deliver solid support for Paladino at the New York GOP convention June 1-3, 2010.


“I’m pleased and honored to have the endorsement of my home County,” said Paladino. “We will be working hard to speak to every State Committee man and woman to assure united support at the Republican Convention.”


Erie County constitutes almost seven percent of the total statewide Republican Party Convention vote. Paladino needs to garner 25 percent at the June conclave to be eligible to enter the Republican Primary without collecting petitions.


“Carl Paladino is finding pockets of support within the statewide Republican organization as more and more State Committee members realize Carl is the only candidate with the resources and outsider message to beat Andrew Cuomo,” campaign manager Michael Caputo said. “And it’s not lost on anyone that Erie County is yet another seven percent out of reach for Democrat Steve Levy.”


The full text of the Erie County Republican Party Executive Committee endorsement follows:


“The Erie County Republican Executive Committee overwhelmingly endorses the candidacy of Carl P. Paladino for Governor of New York State.


Three and a half years of Democratic Gubernatorial control has resulted in a dysfunctional state government characterized by legislative bickering, the imposition of higher taxes and a climate of economic instability which has driven business and industry out of our state. New York desperately needs a leader with the experience and fortitude to stand up for all its citizens. People want a revolution in Albany and someone to lead that charge.


Erie County possesses such a person.


Carl Paladino is a businessman who has created private sector jobs in our community. We know him as someone who is deeply concerned with the vitality of our region and our state.


We also know Carl Paladino as a fighter who audaciously champions the cause to better the conditions of the men, women and children of Buffalo and Western New York.


And, we also know Carl Paladino as our friend.


No one act alone qualifies someone to high public office. No one act alone defines the character of the man who can run our great state. Over the course of many years, Carl Paladino has quietly, determinedly and unselfishly dedicated himself to our community. Through his efforts, Erie County has become a better place to live, work and raise a family. Our Republican Party and our community must take notice of his record of achievement.


It is for these reasons that the Erie County Republican Executive Committee wholeheartedly supports and endorses the candidacy of its favorite son, Republican Carl P. Paladino for Governor of New York State.”.


Levy lags Lazio in race for GOP chairmen support


 


 

  

 

 By BRYAN FITZGERALD, Special to the Times Union
First published in print: Friday, April 23, 2010

 

 
ALBANY — A statewide tally of Republican county chairmen shows gubernatorial hopeful Steve Levy has a rather large hurdle to clear to remain a viable candidate.The Suffolk County executive, a lifelong Democrat who is seeking the GOP ballot line, had endorsements from just 14 county chairmen holding a weighted vote of 26 percent, a Times Union survey conducted this week revealed.


 


GOP front-runner Rick Lazio, a former congressman, has the backing of 27 county chairmen who represent 51 percent of the weighted total. The chairmen of 19 counties remain neutral.


Levy announced at his campaign kickoff that he will switch parties, but his enrollment change to Republican won’t go into effect until Election Day. As a member of another party, he is required by law to gather more than 50 percent of the delegate vote at the Republican state convention in June to remain on the ballot. If the convention were held this week, Levy would need practically all of the undecided county chairmen to fall into his corner to maintain his bid.


Speaking at a Republican women’s conference earlier this week, state Republican Chairman Ed Cox — who handpicked and publicly endorsed Levy — acknowledged it may be a steep climb for the Long Island native.


Levy’s camp was quick to note that the numbers will be in flux until the convention. They anticipate that in the coming weeks at least a handful of county chairmen that represent districts with a sizable portion of the weighted vote will make the switch from Lazio to Levy.


County chairmen who have endorsed Lazio include leaders from Nassau, Westchester, Monroe, Kings, Orange, Saratoga, Richmond, Dutchess, Oneida, Niagara, Broome, Chautauqua, Chenango, Schenectady, Steuben, Putnam, Herkimer, Tioga, Washington, Otsego, Essex, Schoharie, Warren, Wayne, Cortland, St. Lawrence and Montgomery counties.


Levy has received endorsements from his home base of Suffolk County as well as the Republican leaders of Rockland, Ulster, Bronx, Ontario, Oswego, Onondaga, Chemung, Genesee, Livingston, Allegany, Franklin, Seneca and Schuyler counties.


Albany County Republican chairman John Graziano, whose district makes up a little more than 2 percent of the weighted vote, said he is strongly behind Levy — but didn’t want to use the word “endorsement.”


“I’m supportive of each of them, but more supportive of Levy,” Graziano said. “I think that either of them can defeat (Andrew) Cuomo.”


The chairmen of Erie, Queens, Manhattan, Rensselaer, Columbia, Jefferson, Cayuga, Greene, Clinton, Tompkins, Madison, Delaware, Sullivan, Fulton, Yates, Hamilton, Orleans and Lewis counties remain undecided.


Queens County chairman Phil Ragusa initially backed Lazio but then withdrew his endorsement; he’s now considering flipping to Levy.


“We’re neutral,” Ragusa said. “We’re looking for somebody who can win and mount a vigorous campaign, bring it down to a local level. … It’s important upon us to look at them both.”


Queens carries almost 4 percent of the weighted vote, the second-largest of any county with a neutral Republican chairman. Erie County remains the largest with an undecided chairman at just under 7 percent, with Manhattan coming in third at almost 3 percent. Erie County chairman James Domalgaski has said that he will never endorse Levy.

 


Wealthy Buffalo-area developer Carl Paladino, a Republican hopeful recently chastised by critics and party leaders for forwarding a series of sexually explicit and racist e-mails, has received no official endorsements.


Many of Lazio’s endorsements came when he was the only candidate on the Republican ticket.


Whoever wins the Republican primary faces another set of steep odds. Despite the fact that the attorney general and presumptive Democratic candidate has not declared his candidacy, Cuomo still polls ahead of the GOP candidates according polling from the Siena Research Institute.


Bryan Fitzgerald is a University at Albany student and the Times Union’s Capitol intern.



 




RECENT STATEMENT FROM LAZIO (AND WE AGREE)

Rick Lazio released the following statement Wednesdayday in response to yesterday’s vote on school budgets in New Jersey. A record number of school budgets were rejected, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had advocated against the passage of any budget that did not include wage freezes for teachers:

Rick Lazio said, “The voters in New York are as upset as the people who just went to the polls for school budget votes in New Jersey. The message from yesterday is that the people can’t afford endlessly higher property taxes. Yesterday’s vote was overwhelmingly in favor of Governor Christie’s leadership by rewarding the school districts who took control of their spending and teachers who recognized that the financial crisis demanded a fundamental restructuring of benefits and wages. New Jersey is serving as a national model for fundamental change, and I will deliver the same kind of change when I am Governor.”


Rick Lazio


 


 

  


New York Races





TEA-TV: Nixon’s Message to NYS Chairman Ed Cox







“NIXON” TO COX: “ED, HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND?”



“Um, Ed – it’s your father-in-law, the 37th president of the United States. Steve Levy? Ed, have you lost your mind? The man’s a goddam Democrat. Why he is still peeling the Barack Obama bumper sticker off his car. Levy gave money to Shelly Silver for Christ sakes, backed by the ACORN crowd and the Working Families Party. Jesus, Ed – they’re practically Communists! Ed, the right wing will go nuts, I know those guys – they’ve loved me since I nailed Alger Hiss. So let me make one thing perfectly clear: this Steve Levy sure looks like a loser to me.”





CARL PALADINO: CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN FOR GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK.

PALADINO FOR THE PEOPLE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 6, 2010
Contact: Michael Caputo
716-867-5554
mc@paladinoforthepeople.com


PALADINO SCORES HOME COUNTY SUPPORT
Erie County lines up behind “favorite son”

(BUFFALO, NY) – The Erie County Republican Party Executive Committee and its chairman last night endorsed Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino for Governor. The County is expected to deliver solid support for Paladino at the New York GOP convention June 1-3, 2010.

“I’m pleased and honored to have the endorsement of my home County,” said Paladino. “We will be working hard to speak to every State Committee man and woman to assure united support at the Republican Convention.”

Erie County constitutes almost seven percent of the total statewide Republican Party Convention vote. Paladino needs to garner 25 percent at the June conclave to be eligible to enter the Republican Primary without collecting petitions.

“Carl Paladino is finding pockets of support within the statewide Republican organization as more and more State Committee members realize Carl is the only candidate with the resources and outsider message to beat Andrew Cuomo,” campaign manager Michael Caputo said. “And it’s not lost on anyone that Erie County is yet another seven percent out of reach for Democrat Steve Levy.”

The full text of the Erie County Republican Party Executive Committee endorsement follows:

“The Erie County Republican Executive Committee overwhelmingly endorses the candidacy of Carl P. Paladino for Governor of New York State.

Three and a half years of Democratic Gubernatorial control has resulted in a dysfunctional state government characterized by legislative bickering, the imposition of higher taxes and a climate of economic instability which has driven business and industry out of our state. New York desperately needs a leader with the experience and fortitude to stand up for all its citizens. People want a revolution in Albany and someone to lead that charge.

Erie County possesses such a person.

Carl Paladino is a businessman who has created private sector jobs in our community. We know him as someone who is deeply concerned with the vitality of our region and our state.

We also know Carl Paladino as a fighter who audaciously champions the cause to better the conditions of the men, women and children of Buffalo and Western New York.

And, we also know Carl Paladino as our friend.

No one act alone qualifies someone to high public office. No one act alone defines the character of the man who can run our great state. Over the course of many years, Carl Paladino has quietly, determinedly and unselfishly dedicated himself to our community. Through his efforts, Erie County has become a better place to live, work and raise a family. Our Republican Party and our community must take notice of his record of achievement.

It is for these reasons that the Erie County Republican Executive Committee wholeheartedly supports and endorses the candidacy of its favorite son, Republican Carl P. Paladino for Governor of New York State.”.




 


Levy lags Lazio in race for GOP chairmen support



    By BRYAN FITZGERALD, Special to the Times Union
First published in print: Friday, April 23, 2010  
ALBANY — A statewide tally of Republican county chairmen shows gubernatorial hopeful Steve Levy has a rather large hurdle to clear to remain a viable candidate.The Suffolk County executive, a lifelong Democrat who is seeking the GOP ballot line, had endorsements from just 14 county chairmen holding a weighted vote of 26 percent, a Times Union survey conducted this week revealed.


GOP front-runner Rick Lazio, a former congressman, has the backing of 27 county chairmen who represent 51 percent of the weighted total. The chairmen of 19 counties remain neutral.



Levy announced at his campaign kickoff that he will switch parties, but his enrollment change to Republican won’t go into effect until Election Day. As a member of another party, he is required by law to gather more than 50 percent of the delegate vote at the Republican state convention in June to remain on the ballot. If the convention were held this week, Levy would need practically all of the undecided county chairmen to fall into his corner to maintain his bid.



Speaking at a Republican women’s conference earlier this week, state Republican Chairman Ed Cox — who handpicked and publicly endorsed Levy — acknowledged it may be a steep climb for the Long Island native.



Levy’s camp was quick to note that the numbers will be in flux until the convention. They anticipate that in the coming weeks at least a handful of county chairmen that represent districts with a sizable portion of the weighted vote will make the switch from Lazio to Levy.



County chairmen who have endorsed Lazio include leaders from Nassau, Westchester, Monroe, Kings, Orange, Saratoga, Richmond, Dutchess, Oneida, Niagara, Broome, Chautauqua, Chenango, Schenectady, Steuben, Putnam, Herkimer, Tioga, Washington, Otsego, Essex, Schoharie, Warren, Wayne, Cortland, St. Lawrence and Montgomery counties.



Levy has received endorsements from his home base of Suffolk County as well as the Republican leaders of Rockland, Ulster, Bronx, Ontario, Oswego, Onondaga, Chemung, Genesee, Livingston, Allegany, Franklin, Seneca and Schuyler counties.



Albany County Republican chairman John Graziano, whose district makes up a little more than 2 percent of the weighted vote, said he is strongly behind Levy — but didn’t want to use the word “endorsement.”



“I’m supportive of each of them, but more supportive of Levy,” Graziano said. “I think that either of them can defeat (Andrew) Cuomo.”



The chairmen of Erie, Queens, Manhattan, Rensselaer, Columbia, Jefferson, Cayuga, Greene, Clinton, Tompkins, Madison, Delaware, Sullivan, Fulton, Yates, Hamilton, Orleans and Lewis counties remain undecided.



Queens County chairman Phil Ragusa initially backed Lazio but then withdrew his endorsement; he’s now considering flipping to Levy.



“We’re neutral,” Ragusa said. “We’re looking for somebody who can win and mount a vigorous campaign, bring it down to a local level. … It’s important upon us to look at them both.”



Queens carries almost 4 percent of the weighted vote, the second-largest of any county with a neutral Republican chairman. Erie County remains the largest with an undecided chairman at just under 7 percent, with Manhattan coming in third at almost 3 percent. Erie County chairman James Domalgaski has said that he will never endorse Levy.


Wealthy Buffalo-area developer Carl Paladino, a Republican hopeful recently chastised by critics and party leaders for forwarding a series of sexually explicit and racist e-mails, has received no official endorsements.



Many of Lazio’s endorsements came when he was the only candidate on the Republican ticket.



Whoever wins the Republican primary faces another set of steep odds. Despite the fact that the attorney general and presumptive Democratic candidate has not declared his candidacy, Cuomo still polls ahead of the GOP candidates according polling from the Siena Research Institute.



Bryan Fitzgerald is a University at Albany student and the Times Union’s Capitol intern.





RECENT STATEMENT FROM LAZIO (AND WE AGREE)


Rick Lazio released the following statement Wednesdayday in response to yesterday’s vote on school budgets in New Jersey. A record number of school budgets were rejected, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had advocated against the passage of any budget that did not include wage freezes for teachers:

Rick Lazio said, “The voters in New York are as upset as the people who just went to the polls for school budget votes in New Jersey. The message from yesterday is that the people can’t afford endlessly higher property taxes. Yesterday’s vote was overwhelmingly in favor of Governor Christie’s leadership by rewarding the school districts who took control of their spending and teachers who recognized that the financial crisis demanded a fundamental restructuring of benefits and wages. New Jersey is serving as a national model for fundamental change, and I will deliver the same kind of change when I am Governor.”


 


Rick Lazio




 





Great news: Cuomo slipping in the polls.  





We believe it is very significant that AG Cuomo has slipped to 52-51% in the polls against three, at this point anyway , weak GOP candidates. If Cuomo slips under 50% this will be a very telling. This means that he is NOT the shoe in everyone believes; it will get easier for GOP candidates to raise money this kind of thing.


 


Paladino (R)  is the only headline story on the WNY political scene these days. We cover Carl Paladino because he supports the right to life & traditional family. So we will continue to cover his campaign. If his message of life & traditonal family  should resonate with voters to any degree that is a win for us.


 


Steve Levy (D/R) just received  Ulster County’s endorsement.  


 


Lazio is a train wreck waiting to happen. Just a terrible error on Cox’s part to encourage him & the same with Giuliani for endorsing him.


 


We are waiting to determine if Erie County Chairman Ralph Lorigo’s unfettered support of Paladino will damage him politically. We admire Lorigo’s resolve.


 


State Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long might not realize it yet but his unfettered support of Lazio should he be on the November ballot could cost the Party the third line in favor of the IP; the IP expected to endorse Cuomo. We believe it might be tough for Lazio to garner 50,000 votes on the Conservative line & then Party loses its ballot position altogether just like the Liberal Party.


 


It is worth mentioning Cox’s endorsement of a Democrat for governor has cost him a great deal of credibility around the state. It will be interesting to see whether there will be a move against him at the convention.


 


Looks like the GOP might have come up with a respectable candidate in Harry Wilson for Comptroller. Ed Cox & Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long will be doing a statewide listening tour with Wilson soon.


 


Interesting situation in the NY State Senate 59th we already have three announced candidates, Senator Volker, David DiPietro (R) & Len Roberto of primary challenge fame. Everyone is waiting to hear what GOP Chairman Jim Domagalski will do. In a four way primary we believe Volker might have enough of a base to win. In a one on one between Volker & Domagalski it would be a very interesting contest. We are being told that Domagalski will run; BUT we tend to doubt it. No doubt there will polling before Domagalski announces either way.


 


In the 58th everyone &  their brother are lining up should Bill Stachowski not run; would you believe sources say Assemblyman Mark Schroeder would consider running against former ally Tim Kennedy should Bill not run. The Higgins team is splintered over Kennedy’s run; Schroeder endorsed Stachowski. We believe Bill will run. Stachowski’s problem is this could be a very bad year for incumbent Democrats. Tim Kennedy is way ahead in the last poll.


 


This sets up a Quinn (R) – Kennedy race. Quinn is ahead in the polls. However, the overlay so favors the Democrats in the NYS Senate 58th Kennedy could overtake Quinn. We’ll see.


 


The race for Quinn’s Assembly seat should be a relatively easy win for County Legislator Dan Kozub (D). Mike Amodeo is an unknown. Brad Rybynski is a complete joke. Our experience with him is he can’t tell the truth, number one. Number two, he takes himself way to seriously, a fatal flaw. Word is he barged into County Chairman Len Lenihan’s office & demanded the appointment. Duh! Bad move Brad! Brad is used to hearing the words “you’re fired”.  We think he has had at least four jobs maybe more in the last few years.


 


Buffalo Common Council member Joe Golombek is expected to announce a run against Sam Hoyt in the 144th. We are taking a wait & see approach.


 


There are rumors out there, NOTE we wrote rumors, that County Legislator  Lynn Marinelli will run against Mike Ranzenhofer (R) for the NYS Senate. Two years ago Marinelli led all comers in the polling; BUT a lot has changed. We expect Mike’s seat is safe.


 


There still are NO viable candidates who have given any indication of running against Slaughter, Higgins or Lee for Congress.  


 


Sources say that Jack O’Donnell is gearing up to wage a campaign against Lenihan for Erie County Chairman.


 


Should Domagalski run for the Senate we expect Congressman Lee’s local Chief of Staff Nick Langworthy to replace Domagalski as Chairman. The other name out there is County Executive Chris Collins Chief of Staff Chris Grant.


 


Former Erie County DA candidate Ken Case (D) has announced for Erie County Court Judge. Sources say that City Court Judge Henry Nowak is in line for that appointment. However, that is not written in stone. Nowak has always been an odds on favorite for Supreme court this year.


 


UPDATE: Please keep in mind if there are NO crosses, Rosa retires, NeMoyer gets the Fed bench there will be SEVEN races for Supreme Court, without Rosa & NeMoyer FIVE races. We know the GOP wants Voelkl on the Supreme Court bench; BUT Domagalski might just believe a number of races for the court will bring out the GOP vote? Conversely, a number of races will use up a lot of money which could be used to run State candidates, interesting stuff!


 


As a sidebar: Keeping in mind that Supreme Court is an 8 County race, that nut case in Niagara County Democratic Chairman Dan Rivera, sources say, will not support his former nemesis Henry Wojtaszek’s brother Paul in any cross.  …




We believe the Tea Party has a message; however, this is a work in progress. If the fringe elements of the movement take over then the Party will fail. It is as simple as that. We  are still waiting to hear whether the Tea Party will seek a ballot positions locally via petitions.






PALADINO QUESTIONS DEMOCRAT LEVY’S ABILITY TO READ



Paladino changed parties on principle, Levy for ambition


 













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Multi-millionaire Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino, who announced Monday he will enter the New York Republican Primary by petition to challenge the winner of the New York GOP convention, fired back at Democrat Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, who charged on Monday that Paladino was just mad and had no program for New York.


“It’s obvious to me that Democrat Steve Levy can’t read,” said Paladino “If he could, he would know that I proposed more than nine specific reforms for New York in my first two days of the race. Levy must be a product of the failing New York public school system.”



If elected Governor I will –




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Multi-millionaire Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino, who announced Monday he will enter the New York Republican Primary by petition to challenge the winner of the New York GOP convention, fired back at Democrat Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, who charged on Monday that Paladino was just mad and had no program for New York.


“It’s obvious to me that Democrat Steve Levy can’t read,” said Paladino “If he could, he would know that I proposed more than nine specific reforms for New York in my first two days of the race. Levy must be a product of the failing New York public school system.”



If elected Governor I will –








  


Cut state spending by 20% across the board – I’ll cut taxes and spending by ten percent in the first six months of my administration;


 


Review every department and agency of state government to evaluate efficiency, effectiveness and necessity and cut programs not benefiting the taxpayer;


 


Cut the State’s income tax on manufacturing to keep these businesses in New York and attract new ones here;


 


Require a minimum one-year residency in New York State before someone is eligible for Medicaid benefits;


 


Limit the total time a State Legislator can serve to no more than 8 years;


 


Eliminate the State Legislators’ pension plans and their free lifetime health care coverage since serving in the State Legislature is a part-time position;


 


Require a super majority of 60% of both Houses of the State Legislature in order to raise any state taxes;


 


Eliminate the automatic cost of living pay raises State Legislators get and require legislators to vote to raise their pay and face their constituents; and


 


Require State Legislators – including exempted attorneys – to fully disclose the amount and all sources of outside income to guard against conflicts of interest.




“If the legislature fails to enact this program they will suffer the wrath of the voters and be subject to removal in the next two elections,” Paladino said. “If the legislature doesn’t see the light I guarantee you I will make them feel the heat.”



“Democrat Steve Levy is a political switch-hitter who changed parties just a few days ago simply because he could not defeat Andrew Cuomo for Governor in his own party primary,” said Paladino, who is also a former Democrat “He switched parties as a matter of expediency and ambition. While I switched parties I never switched principle – I was a Conservative Democrat, and today I’m a Conservative Republican.”



“If Democrat Steve Levy could take time off from admiring himself in the mirror he would realize he has no chance to win to the Republican primary with his liberal record and longstanding support for gay marriage, gun confiscation and abortion on demand,” Paladino said.



“Frankly I don’t care whether the Republican bosses pick him or former Congressman and big bank lobbyist Rick Lazio,” Paladino said. “I will take my conservative case to rank and file Republicans in the GOP primary and beat either – or both – like a drum.”



Carl Paladino is a successful Western New York real estate developer and the only candidate for Governor 100 percent in agreement with the New York Conservative Party platform. He is also seeking the Conservative Party nod and has committed to petitioning a Tea Party line on the general election ballot if New York’s Conservatives do not nominate him.



For more information visit PaladinoforthePeople.com.








April 6, 2010


  


  


PALADINO MOCKS CUOMO


  


Carl Paladino announces his GOP candidacy for governor on Monday.


 


Buffalo millionaire Carl Paladino mocks Andrew Cuomo, formally announces GOP run for governor. Buffalo millionaire real estate developer Carl Paladino sought to tap into voter anger Monday as he formally announced his GOP run for governor. For decades we’ve sacrificed for a self-serving, despicable government in Albany,” Paladino said, citing record spending. Are you mad as hell?” he asked repeatedly, channeling Howard Beale from the movie “Network.” Are you going to take it anymore?” aladino, who has ties to the Tea Party movement, railed against a so-called ruling class. “My daddy was a governor,” he said mockingly of likely Democratic rival Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Full story 






HARDHATS ” MAD AS HELL”


 


Road Construction – the CURSED


 


“Road-raging hardhats to gov: Are you crazy? Enraged contractors called Gov. Paterson’s very sanity into question yesterday, as they fast-tracked court action over his extraordinary decision to halt funding to construction projects. A coalition of contracting groups vowed to file papers in state court next week calling on Paterson to lift his funding freeze, which they contend threatens some 5,000 blue-collar jobs. The lawsuit threat came as fuming contractors blasted the embattled governor, who announced the unusual action Tuesday after failing to agree with lawmakers on how to close a $9.2 billion budget gap.”  Full story








Rasmussen Reports


  


69% in New York Say State Better Off If Most Legislators Not Reelected
 




New York voters apparently are fed up with their state legislators.


 


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A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of New York voters finds that 69% think it would be better if most incumbents in the state legislature were defeated this November. Just 12% say it would be better for the state if most of the incumbents were reelected. Another 18% aren’t sure.



Only 22% believe their own local legislator deserves reelection this year. Forty-nine percent (49%) say their local representative does not deserve reelection, and 29% more are undecided.



But then 56% of voters in the Empire State say the legislators are most to blame for New York’s ongoing budget crisis. Twenty-eight percent (28%) think the overall economic meltdown is the chief cause, while only nine percent (9%) blame Governor David Paterson.



As the legislature continues to wrangle with the governor over the state’s sizable budget deficit, 80% of male voters think New York would be better off if most incumbents were defeated, a view shared by just 61% of women voters. Men also feel more strongly that their own legislator should not be reelected.



White voters are nearly three times as likely as African-Americans to think most of the current legislators need to go.



Eighty-two percent (82%) of Republicans and 89% of voters not affiliated with either major party think the state would be better off if most incumbents in the legislature are defeated this November. Just 52% of Democrats agree.



Roughly two-thirds of GOP voters and unaffiliateds blame the state legislature for New York’s budget problems, a view shared by 44% of Democrats. Thirty-three percent (33%) of Democratic voters point the finger at the overall economy.



Unaffiliated voters (64%) are much more likely to believe their own legislator does not deserve reelection than Republicans (52%) and Democrats (39%).



In a survey earlier this month, just 31% of New York voters said their congressman is the best person for the job, and 39% said their congressman deserves to be reelected. Most (58%) thought it would be better for the country if most incumbents in Congress up for reelection this year were defeated in November.



State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s numbers are down very slightly this month, but he still holds near two-to-one leads over his three top Republican opponents, including newcomer Steve Levy, in the race for governor of New York.






DIPIETRO TO CHALLENGE VOLKER IN THE 59th


  


AZ GOP VIP 

David DiPietro, an East Aurora business owner, former mayor and tea party organizer, announced today that he is seeking the Republican Party endorsement for State Senator in the 59th District. DiPietro, one of the few local officials to cut government spending in his tenure as mayor of East Aurora (2002-2008), ran a strong race against 35- year incumbent Dale Volker in the 2008 Republican primary election, winning in both Erie County and in Volker’s home town of Lancaster.


  


Earlier this year, DiPietro and fellow tea party leader Rus Thompson drafted Carl Paladino to run for governor.


“It’s time for Dale to retire,” DiPietro said.  “His fingerprints are all over Albany’s bloated budgets, high taxes and the State’s depressed economy.” 



DiPietro was a pioneer in downsizing government and left East Aurora with 13% percent fewer employees by merging services with the town and the county   He was a key leader of the tea party movement last year and is a member of the WNY Tea Party Coalition.  He also hosts the radio show Buffalo Uncensored (WECK 1230AM). ###







LAZIO BEING PUSHED TO RUN FOR ANOTHER OFFICE?



Candidate Rick Lazio


 







“Multiple Republican insiders say that state GOP officials may make a push to try to get Rick Lazio to switch running for a different office to clear the primary field for Steve Levy for the gubernatorial slot. State party spokesman Alex Carey denied that any such conversations have taken place. But several well-placed Republicans have said there have been loose conversations about trying to get the former Long Island congressman to run for attorney general (where there are no declared candidates on the GOP side) or Senate against Kirsten Gillibrand.” NY POST ###







DOMAGALSKI REMAINS NON COMMITTAL IN GOV RACE


 


Chairman James P. Domagalski


 


Erie County GOP Chairman Jim Domagalski & the Executive Committee heard from Gov candidates Rick Lazio & Carl Paladino Tuesday night.


 


Steve Levy probably realized any presentation would be futile.


 


“Its part of our due diligence – we interviewed both of the registered republicans in the field,” Domagalski said. “Our state committee has met and talked about it as a group, and we have respect for County Executive Levy, but he’s a fairly liberal Democrat, and when you look at his record of support for very liberal Democrats and his history of supporting Sheldon Silver, things like that would not make him a candidate for us. He’s a capable guy, but we think the other two men have traditional Republican values. I don’t think Steve Levy will have any support from Erie County.”


 


On another note sources say, “Domagalski should announce for State Senate one way or another in mid to late April.” He is expected to run against long term incumbent Dale Volker. We’ll see!


 


Just as an aside: Sources say, “there could be a move to replace State Chairman Ed Cox at the convention as a result of his support of newly minted republican Steve Levy.”


 


Sources continue, “former GOP Niagara Falls Chairman & candidate for State Chairman Henry Wojtaszek’s name has surfaced as Cox’s replacement should this scenario play out.”








CARL PALADINO


 


CANDIDACY BAD NEWS FOR INCUMBENTS


 


By Tony Farina


 


 


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It is shaping up to be a wild election year in New York, and this time there’s even a player from Buffalo in the picture—real estate mogul Carl Paladino who is expected to officially announce his candidacy for governor on Monday.


 


The mad scramble for the Republican nod to run for governor includes, besides Paladino, former congressman Rick Lazio and Democrat-turned-Republican Steve Levy, the Suffolk County executive who is no favorite of Erie County’s Republican leader, Jim Domagalski.


 


That’s a lot of scrambling for sure with the ultimate winner almost certain to face popular Democratic Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for the state’s top office in an election year when most of the news out of Albany is bad and getting worse by the day.  The state is facing a meg-a-billion dollar deficit and the governor has ordered a delay in school aid, demanding wage freezes or massive lay offs should the unions not go along; all to keep the state afloat.  What’s more, lawmakers are not even in session during these critical days and as things get worse, so do the fortunes of incumbents from both parties. And beginning on Monday, you can officially add Paladino to the mix, certainly no fan of incumbents or office-holders in general.


 


Paladino will make the lackluster GOP slate somewhat interesting because of his flame-throwing rehetoric and his no-holds-barred style.  Rest assured, political civility will not be embraced by Paladino and that will be great news for the political writers across the state, a much-needed shot-in-the-arm for struggling newspapers.


 


But while Carl will certainly make plenty of headlines and entertain his far-right constituency with his in-your-face campaign, he will also make it uncomfortable for the do-nothing incumbents who inhabit Albany and for others who live off the taxpayers in these dire economic times when the jobless lines keep growing.


 


A well-funded Paladino campaign, starting with his own $$$ and supported by the tea-party movement, will make plenty of noise about high taxes, spending, soaring state worker pensions and labor costs in general.  Paladino’s message will be a nightmare for incumbents from both parties.  But while many voters won’t take him seriously, he will provide an important spark to the political debate and maybe one that’s sorely needed.  New York, like many states, is a train wreck that has already happened and our elected leaders seem frozen in time, unable or unwilling to change the way the state does its business.  And change it must.


       


Like him or not, Gov. Paterson seems to be trying his best to sound the alarm but nobody is listening.  The deficit keeps growing and lawmakers go about their business, whatever it is, as if the sky is not falling as the budget shortfalls suggest.  Maybe suggest is an understatement.  The state is going into the tank, school districts are getting ready to cut teachers and programs, and Albany lawmakers are not even in session.  What a sorry state, indeed.


 


For Republicans, the sky is also falling.  Lazio is broke and not every exciting, but he has Conservative Party backing, critical for a Republican in this state.  Levy is backed by the state GOP chairman but without the Conservative line, how far can he go.  And Erie County’s chairman wants nothing to do with him.  As for Paladino, he probably helps Cuomo in the long run as his Republican opponents will have to fend him off before even getting to Cuomo, and that won’t be easy.


 


Paladino will be resolute, he will be a tough campaigner, and a lot of people will buy into his message, people who are unhappy with Albany, with Washington, and with the government in general.  In a way, his presence in the race may guarantee that candidates on both sides of the political aisle take the public’s unrest seriously.


 


When Paladino makes his formal announcement on Monday, it will be bad news for incumbents across the state who are already feeling the wrath of the public as evidenced in poll after poll.  It will, indeed, be an interesting year and the wild card is Buffalo’s own million-dollar-man, Carl Paladino.






Assemblyman Jack Quinn


 


STATE DEBT CONTINUES TO GROW WITH NO END IN SIGHT


 


 


his eye, Jack Quinn III:




New York state debt is currently at $57.5 billion, 94% of which is  backdoor borrowing and not voter approved. This is the highest our debt has been in state history, equaling $11,700 in debt for each average family of four in New York. However, it is hard to be surprised by this number. Over the past few decades, we have gotten into the habit of borrowing money to pay our debt, essentially paying off one credit card with another credit card. In 2005, we restructured our debt, pushing it off until this year, causing a one-third increase to our debt services  which now totals $6.4 billion.



Our debt has spiraled out of control and it is affecting the quality of  life for families across the state. The problem with state government is that even during years in which we had higher revenue than expected and could afford to begin paying off our debt, we did not. Instead, we recklessly expanded spending and when revenue fell short to pay for it, state leaders increased taxes on the hardworking people of our state. It is a vicious cycle of irresponsibility that is causing detrimental  consequences to our state and the taxpayers who reside within it.



To begin combating the debt we have incurred, the governor’s current budget proposal will issue $2 billion in backdoor borrowing, each year, for up to three years, against New York state agencies; Assembly Democrats already have passed a resolution approving this act. This borrowing will greatly reduce our credit rating, causing our interest rates to skyrocket and placing us in an even tougher position than before, while also continuing the harmful practice of borrowing to pay off debt.



I call on the governor and leaders in both the Senate and Assembly to take a long, hard look at where we can begin cutting spending. The price is too high to not make a drastic move to alleviate our budget deficit. Consolidating state agencies and reducing spending must be the top priority as we vote on this year’s budget. We must put an end to the tax-and-spend tradition in state government.




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