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Updates on the Corwin race NY26

March 16, 2011
Dear Friend,
 
I wanted to let you know that last night I received the endorsement of the New York State Conservative Party. My name will now appear on three ballot lines when the special election is held on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.
 
Receiving the endorsement was important to me because I share the conservative values we both care deeply about.
 
As the second most conservative member in the State Assembly (as ranked by the State Conservative Party), I’ve voted consistently to cut spending and get government off the backs of small businesses so they can grow our economy and create jobs. That’s also why I received a perfect 100 percent rating from Unshackle Upstate, a pro-reform, pro-jobs business organization.
 
As someone who has run a business, I saw firsthand the devastating impact government can have on small businesses when it comes to creating jobs. 
 
If honored to be Western New York’s newest Representative in Washington, you have my commitment to continue to be a strong voice to cut spending and strengthen the economy to create jobs.
 
I also just wanted to remind you to be sure to visit my Facebook page – www.facebook.com/JaneCorwin – and click ‘Like’ so you’ll be one of the first people to view my new TV ad. You’ll be able to view the ad at 8:00 PM TONIGHT (March 15, 2011).  
Thanks for giving me a few moments of your time to update you on my campaign. We have a long way to go until the special election is held on May 24th, and I need your help every step of the way.
 
Please take a minute to visit my website – www.JaneCorwin.com – and let me know how you’re able to help the campaign. It can be something as simple as agreeing to have a lawn sign placed in our yard to hosting a meet-and-greet at your house with me and your neighbors. Any little bit you can do will make a difference.
 
Thank you for your support.
 
Sincerely,
March 14, 2011
I wanted to take a few moments to update you on some important news in the special election for New York’s 26th Congressional District.
 
Over the weekend, I was honored to receive the endorsement of the New York State Independence Party. I appreciate the support shown by the statewide party and members from Western New York.
 
In other exciting news, I began airing my first radio ad a few days ago. Have you heard it? You can listen to it by clicking HERE.
 
The ad talks about my commitment to creating jobs, reducing spending, cutting taxes, and protecting our constitutional freedoms, issues we both care deeply about and which are essential to protecting our nation’s future.
 
Thanks for your support! We have a long road ahead of us to the special election on May 24th, and I need your help to ensure that Nancy Pelosi doesn’t receive another vote to push her borrow-and-spend agenda.
www.JaneCorwin.com
www.facebook.com/JaneCorwin          www.twitter.com/JaneCorwin
 
PAID FOR AND AUTHORIZED BY JANE CORWIN FOR CONGRESS
PO Box 124 | Williamsville, NY 14231 US

 

“America is at a crossroads,” Corwin said. “You all know the numbers, a $1.5 trillion annual deficit. We borrow one dollar for every three that we spend. That’s simply unsustainable. Our nation’s debt tops out at over $14 trillion. That’s nearly $50,000 for every man, woman and child living in the United States today. With numbers like those, what kind of legacy are we leaving for our children?”

Corwin, a second-term assemblywoman, received the endorsement of her colleague Assemblyman Steve Hawley. “As you get to know her, as you get to speak with her, and more importantly, as she listens to you, you are going to see she is going to be the kind of Congress person we grew accustomed to back in the days of Barber Conable,” Hawley said. He added “Corwin has the dignity and honesty and caring for people to give him confidence that she will do the same kind of job Conable did.”

 

N.Y. GOP House candidate courts Tea Party

Looking to avoid a fight with certian Tea Party activists, New York Republican Jane Corwin announced endorsements from two prominent activists on Tuesday.

There have been reports in the Buffalo news that Tea Party members wanted David Bellavia, an Iraq War veteran and activist, picked as the nominee and were considering backing him against Corwin in a three-way race. Corwin was tapped by Republican leaders on Monday night to run for former Rep. Chris Lee’s (R-N.Y.) seat in the upcoming special election. She moved quickly to sooth the grumbling about her candidacy.

On Tuesday Corwin rolled an endorsement from former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino (R, C), which may help assuage fears she’s not conservative enough for the district.

“Washington needs leadership that will stand up to the liberal special interests and Obama-Pelosi agenda and reclaim our country for taxpayers and everyday citizens. That’s why Jane is the right choice to represent us in Congress,” Paladino said in a statement released by Corwin’s campaign.

“I’m a proud member of the Tea Party movement in New York, and together we helped change the face of Congress in November. Jane Corwin will be another member in our movement to take our country back.”

Paladino’s 2010 gubernatorial run was supported by the state’s Tea Party groups, who helped him to a surprise win in the primary over former Rep. Rick Lazio. Paladino subsequently lost to Democrat Andrew Cuomo in the general election, though he did win 14 counties throughout western and central NY including those in the 26th Congressional district.

The Corwin camp also released an endorsement from Lenny Roberto, former Congressional candidate (R, C) and founder of the New York Tea Party group Primary Challenge.

“As the founder of Primary Challenge, the last thing we need is a third-party challenge that could give liberals in Washington another vote to spend taxpayers’ hard-earned money. A vote for Jane Corwin is a win for taxpayers,” Roberto said in a statement.

Additionally, Corwin has been endorsed by the State Conservative Committee as well as the individual county committees in her district. She has what we would consider to be a proven 100% conservative voting record in the State Assembly, on both fiscal and other matters that have come before her, which can be found here.

She is pro-life and has been accepted as such by conservatives, even though hastily criticised by a would be opponent due to her conceding to the availibility of early abortions, as a matter of current law. This does not make her pro-abortion, she does not condone abortion, is staunchly against late term/partial birth abortions, and is in favor of parental rights and defunding planned parenthood, et al. She also has spoken out squarely in defense of DOMA, and voted against gay marriage legislation in the State Assembly May 12, 2009. On 2nd Amendment issues has a she has an A rating and has been given an F rating by those in favor of unconstitutional gun control/ban laws.

A further testament to her fiscally conservative principles is her endorsement by former US Senate candidate David Malpass who’s GrowPAC recently launched ads for Corwin.

On an immigration related issue Corwin supports Bill A01258 which mandates the use of English only for most New York State functions. This is in keeping with the wishes of citizens shown by repeated polling on the issue over the years.

Assemblywoman Corwin is also a co-sponsor of a very important piece of recent legislation A01329, at a very important time, along with Blankenbush, Burling, Goodell, Hawley, Katz, McLaughlin, Miller J, Palmesano, Reilich, and Sponsor Castelli. This bill amends S209-a, Civil Service Law to remove the requirement that a public employer continue terms of an expired agreement until a new agreement is negotiated with an employee organization.

Bill Memo:
JUSTIFICATION: The 1982 Triborough Amendment to the Taylor Law prohibits a public employer from altering any provision of an
expired labor agreement until a new agreement is reached.

New York is the only state in the nation to have such a requirement, and in the private sector, where collective bargaining has existed for more
than 60 years under the National Labor Relations Act, no similar obligation is imposed upon employers who are parties to a labor
contract.

This mandate undermines the collective bargaining process and discourages those at the negotiating table from making givebacks or
concessions, putting New York’s taxpayers at an extreme disadvantage.

The Triborough Amendment should be repealed so that public employer’s and employees can be encouraged to work together to achieve labor
contracts that are both fair and affordable.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: The bill will bring an undetermined amount of savings to the state and localities by granting
them greater flexibility to negotiate when an agreement is failed to be reached, as employers will no longer be forced to abide by the previous
collective bargaining agreement.

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NY26 – Will The Republicans Be Split?

by Roger Stone, March 14, 2001

Gary Berntsen likes to talk about what a tough guy he is in his role of fighting terrorism on behalf of the USA. His defeat in the Republican Primary for US Senate saved him the trouble of being ignominiously defeated by Chuck Schumer last year. Berntsen privately committed himself to Republican insurgent Carl Paladino in the primary for Governor last year according to Paladino campaign insiders but when asked in a televised debate before the primary if he preferred Paladino or ultimate loser Rick Lazio for Governor, big brave straight-talking Gary punted – and said he was “neutral”. Paladino won the Republican primary for governor by almost 2 to 1.

Now Gary Berntsen is on another suicide mission – pushing war hero Dave Bellavia to file as an Independent in the Special Election to fill the Western New York seat of Congressman Chris Lee who resigned after getting caught using his real name to pick up women on Craigslist. The Republican and Conservative parties have nominated Assemblywoman Jane Corwin who is a a soild conservative and strong candidate. Bellavia, an attractive candidate would only serve to split the Republican vote and elect a liberal Democrat.

Jane Corwin is no Dede Scozzofaza. She is a future Republican star, attractive and articulate with a reliably conservative record in Albany. Gary Berntsen should stick to fighting terrorists.

UPDATE: HOCHUL IS NOW OFFICIALLY THE DEM CANDIDATE BUT THEY HAVE ALREADY BLOWN THE RACE. BY THE TIME THE SPECIAL ELECTION WAS CALLED THEY STILL DIDN’T EVEN HAVE A CANDIDATE YET. THE ONLY THING THAT WOULD HELP THEM IS A THIRD PARTY. 

Bellavia Switches Enrollment
by Liz Benjamin on March 4, 2011
ICYMI: David Bellavia, the Iraq War vet who is trying (so far without apparent success) to land Row C in the yet-uncalled NY-26 special election, told me last night on CapTon that he has switched his enrollment from the GOP to the Conservative Party.

Bellavia insisted this was not a political ploy to sweeten his pitch to the Conservatives, explaining that he no longer feels like he belongs in the GOP – particularly since he’s been passed over twice now to run for Congress.

“I think that the national Republican Party, where it’s at, I think there’s a little bit of a disconnect between where New York State Republicans are as opposed to where the nation is,” Bellavia said. “And when you see the national Republican Party move towards these conservative candidates, veterans in particular, pro gun, you know, I want to be lock in step with where my core beliefs are.”

Bellavia met yesterday with state Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long to make his case.

Even though the chairman told me he continues to favor the GOP candidate, Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, to run in NY-26, Bellavia said he still came away with a favorable impression of Long and wants to work with him regardless of who he picks to run in this race.

Long said the Conservative Party’s state committee is likely to meet on March 14 to settle on a candidate. Bellavia refused to say whether he’ll run as an independent if he doesn’t get the nod.

A third candidate, Jack Davis, who also was passed over by both GOP and the Democrats, might run on his own. He has said he’s willing to spend $3 million on this race.

The Democrats don’t have a candidate yet, but Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul has the inside track. Erie County Comptroller Mark Poloncarz pulled his name from consideration yesterday. 

WHAT IS THIS WITH ALL THE NOISE ABOUT BELLAVIA AS A TEA PARTY CANDIDATE?

THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT THERE IS A SPLIT AND DISUNITY AND A COUPLE OF SELF SERVING FIGURES INVOLVED IN THE MOVEMENT IN ERIE COUNTY. BELLAVIA IS GETTING BAD ADVICE FROM ONE WHO WAS A PAID GUN FOR HIRE AND SHIFTS ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS, AND THAT IS TOO BAD BECAUSE WE HAVE ALOT OF RESPECT FOR BELLAVIA AS A PARTIOT AND HERO. HOWEVER THAT IN OF ITSELF DOES NOT MAKE HIM THE BEST CANDIDATE. AS FOR JACK DAVIS, DON’T MAKE US LAUGH, WE HAVE NEVER SUPPORTED HIM AND NEVER WILL, AND HE IS ABOUT AS MUCH AS A TEA PARTY CANDIDATE AS HARRY REID OR CHUCKY SCHUMER. AS FOR DAVIS’ PROMOTER, HE IS NOT MAINSTREAM, BUT MORE SO IS A LEFT LEANING LIBERTARIAN, AND UNFORTUNATELY THESE COMPETING FACTIONS WHO LATCH ON TO THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT AND USE IT TO THEIR OWN INDIVIDUAL ENDS, NOT ONLY WILL SPLIT THE VOTES JEOPARDIZING A CONSERVATIVE VICTORY, BUT THEY ARE SPLITING THEMSELVES AND HURTING THEIR OWN REGIONAL MOVEMENT THAT THEY CLAIM TO SUPPORT. STATEWIDE IN 2010 THEY COLLECTIVELY WERE PART OF GREAT THINGS AND THE MOVEMENT AS A WHOLE HAD GREAT SUCCESSES BUT AS INDIVIDUAL FACTIONS THEY ARE SKEWED, INEFFECTIVE, AND EVEN DESTRUCTIVE.

Sign for Jack today.

Written by James Ostrowski on March 12, 2011

Fight the machine. Sign a petition for the “Tea Party candidate” for Congress, Jack Davis. 

N.Y. House candidate Davis made controversial remarks about Latinos, blacks

Today, March 15, 2011 | Sean J. Miller

An independent candidate for Congress in New York is facing questions over recent statements suggesting Latino farmworkers be deported and inner-city African-Americans be bused to farms to replace them.

Wealthy businessman Jack Davis, who is running for former Rep. Chris Lee’s (R-N.Y.) seat as an Independent, made the comments during an interview with GOP officials in February, the Buffalo News reported.

Davis, who has made several runs for the House as a Democrat and Republican, made similar statements in 2008. “We have a huge unemployment problem with black youth in our cities. Put them on buses, take them out there [to the farms] and pay them a decent wage; they will work,” he said then.

He apparently echoed those remarks when he was interviewing for the special-election nomination with the seven GOP county chairmen in the 26th district. Davis’s spokesman acknowledged the comments “may not be politically correct and … may not be racially correct.”

Local GOP leaders weren’t impressed.

“I was thunderstruck,” Amherst GOP Chairman Marshall Wood told the paper. “Maybe in 1860 that might have been seen by some as an appropriate comment, but not now.”

The report could help clear the way for GOP nominee Jane Corwin. The state lawmaker has the party’s institutional backing, but could face Iraq war veteran Davis Bellavia in addition to a Democrat in a three-way race. The special election is set for May 24.

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A few more things:
Erie County Republican Committee Chairman Nick Langworthy issued the following statement in response to comments made by Jay Jacobs, Chairman of the New York State Democratic Committee, regarding businesswoman and Congressional candidate Jane Corwin:    
“Taking fiscal advice from Jay Jacobs and State Democrats is like taking life advice from Charlie Sheen – It may get a lot of media attention but it will end up in disaster.
“While Jay Jacobs has been sitting around waiting for his marching orders from Nancy Pelosi about who the Democrat candidate will be, Jane Corwin has spent 36 years helping to create jobs and get Western New Yorkers back to work.
“The fact of the matter is that during her time in Albany, Jane Corwin has fought to cut taxes and reduce wasteful spending, while Jay Jacobs has led the fight to elect and protect the very people responsible for driving New York State into a financial abyss.” … 
 
 

 

 

 
Jane Corwin regarding the New York State Senate passage of legislation that will ensure members of the U.S. Armed Forces have their votes counted in a special election:

 

 “The GOP’s preferred candidate, Jane Corwin, continues to have a leg up over Iraq War veteran David Bellavia. When we left I told him (Bellavia) I felt we were in the same position, and that Jane clearly had a very strong leg up on him. He’s a nice guy. He’s a potentially good candidate, but he has no institutional support. He may have some good strong grassroots support, but that’s quite different than having the endorsement of the Republicans and the Monroe County Conservative Party. I told him he got into this game a little late and this is not the 23rd we’re dealing with.”  YNN 

POLLS: 26th & ERIE COUNTY EXECUTIVE RACES

Democratic Party after
 
The polls show other than Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul there are NO viable Democrats to run against Jane Corwin in the 26th. Hochul becomes a factor in the race only with a very strong 3rd party candidate. County Comptroller Mark Poloncarz has no chance. Nor do any of the other candidates mentioned in the media.

“I appreciate the Senate following the Assembly’s lead and passing legislation to ensure the brave members of our military will have their votes counted in every election. I urge Governor Cuomo to quickly sign this bill and call the special election for New York’s 26th Congressional District to ensure that Western New Yorkers have the representation in Washington that they deserve.”

 

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