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Senator Gillibrand, time for you to go! Here’s just some of the latest reasons why. And, some great prospects to get it done.

January 28, 2012
Nassau County Republican Committee Chairman Joseph Mondello Endorses George Maragos for U.S. Senate Against Gillibrand

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT AT PRESS CONFERENCE on SUNDAY JANUARY 22nd

WHO & WHAT: Nassau County Republican Committee Chairman Joseph Mondello endorses George Maragos for U.S. Senate.

WHEN: January 22nd at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Long Island Marriott Hotel, 101 James Doolittle Blvd, Uniondale, NY, 11553

“Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos is the best and most qualified candidate for the US Senate,” stated Chairman Mondello. “George has an outstanding record as a business owner, running a successful business, and as a strong fiscal conservative. George is a proven leader with vision who can break through the partisan bickering in Washington, improve our economy, and put New Yorkers back to work.”

For more info contact 917-215-3017 / info@margos4ny.com

Gillibrand’s Un-American Censorship Act:
U.S. Senate Candidate George Maragos, Jan. 18, 2012: Gillibrand is co-sponsoring legislation that will allow censorship of Internet content without legal due process. This is fundamentally against our constitutionally protected right of freedom of speech and due process. That Gillibrand would even contemplate such a Bill is both morally repugnant and un-American.
The Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) proposed and co-sponsored by Gillibrand would give the Washington bureaucrats and corporations the ability to censor and shut down any web site simply by convincing a judge that the web site is “dedicated” to copyright infringement. Due process as guaranteed by the Constitution is not required. The web site will have no right to challenge the allegation of piracy before it is shut down and irrevocably damaged. This is simply outrageous and un-American and should not pass.
This legislation is extremely dangerous and can set us down a road of greater government control, censorship and denial of our constitutional rights. What will stop the government of extending this law beyond the Internet to our fundamental rights of free speech and due process?
Beyond its infringement of our rights, this bill will suppress innovation, kill thousands of jobs in New York City, the Hudson Valley, Syracuse, Rochester, Ithaca and technology centers throughout New York State. What is Gillibrand thinking of? Who is she working for? Not New Yorkers.
This job killing legislation co-sponsored by Gillibrand follows a series of previous votes that have destroyed hundreds of thousands of jobs and are costing middle class families and small businesses thousands of dollars. Examples include ObamaCare and the Dobb-Franks bills. Dobb-Franks destroyed nearly 200,000 high paying jobs in the financial industry in 2011 alone, according to the New York Times.
I stand with the NY Tech demonstrators against the Protect Intellectual Property Act co-sponsored by Gillibrand.
About: George Maragos is the current elected Comptroller of Nassau County. He is the declared Republican candidate for the United States Senate in 2012 against New York Senator Gillibrand. Mr. Maragos brings 35 years of successful senior management experience and accomplishments in the private sector. Mr. Maragos has an MBA in Finance and a degree in Engineering. He is married to his wife for 38 years and has two children and two grandchildren.

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“GILLY” HAS SOME ‘SPLAININ’ TO DO

Three Questions for NY’s Junior Senator

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Becky Miller RMiller@NYGOP.org 518.462.2601

Albany, NY – Jan. 20…New York’s junior senator, Kirsten Gillibrand (D-WFP), who has refused to say whether she read her own legislation that could drive thousands of information-industry jobs out of New York and forever damage Internet-based industry here, needs to come clean to New Yorkers on why she sponsored a bill so damaging to Empire State job growth, the New York Republican State Committee today said. The Internet industry is one of New York’s fastest growing job sectors

The job-killing Gillibrand legislation called the “Protect IP Act” (PIPA) would fundamentally change the make-up of the Internet and give government bureaucrats the authority to block public access to thousands of websites — the way China, Iran, and North Korea do. Ms. Gillibrand’s bill – which even she is now opposing – is being loudly panned by the founders and employees of Google, Yahoo!, Twitter, PayPal, Firefox, Ebay, Craig’s List, Wikipedia, The Huffington Post, and Netscape, among others.

Hollywood entertainment bigwigs were the bill’s major proponents.

“There are only three possible explanations for Senator Gillibrand’s sponsorship of this anti-New York legislation,” New York State Republican Chairman Ed Cox said. “One: Ms. Gillibrand didn’t read the legislation before co-sponsoring it. Two: She read the bill and didn’t understand it. Or three: She understood the bill, but decided to support Hollywood’s interests over the interests of her own state.” (Senator Gillibrand has received more than $610,000 from the Hollywood/entertainment industry in the past year.)

Chairman Cox posed three questions to Senator Gillibrand, which he says she must answer in the interest of government transparency – something the Senator has repeatedly called for herself:

1. Did you read the PIPA legislation before sponsoring it?

2. If you read it, why did you sponsor it when it was clearly damaging to NY?

3. Did you discuss the legislation with any contributors before sponsoring it?

“New York State is ranked the worst state in America for business growth, and misguided bills like this one show exactly how we’ve gotten into this mess,” Chairman Cox continued. “It would be instructive for all of us to learn the thinking behind Ms. Gillibrand’s sponsorship of this debacle.”

OOPS, SHE DID IT AGAIN!

Gilly Goes Jelly on Internet Re-Do.

Did Sen. Gillibrand Read Legislation Before Sponsoring It?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Becky Miller RMiller@NYGOP.org 518.462.2601

Albany, NY-Jan. 18…New York’s junior senator, Kirsten Gillibrand (D-WFP), in perhaps the biggest flip-flop yet in a political career marred by flip-flops, is running away from a bill she co-sponsored that could have all but destroyed New York’s Internet job base, the New York Republican State Committee today noted. The committee is asking Senator Gillibrand today whether she read the job-killing legislation before sponsoring it.

Ms. Gillibrand has famously changed positions on gun laws – she used to say she packed heat under her bed, but she can’t quite find it now – on fiscal policy, taxes, gay marriage, immigration, tobacco, etc., etc.

“Senator Gillibrand was fighting to pass a bill yesterday that could have decimated Internet-based job growth in New York State, but today she wants nothing to do with it,” said New York State Republican Chairman Ed Cox. “Her PIPA legislation would have done to New York’s information industry what her Obamacare legislation is about to do to the healthcare industry – gutting it with government regulation. What we need to know is whether Senator Gillibrand actually read this legislation before sponsoring it. How could she back a bill this obviously destructive to New York’s economy?”

“Contributions from foreign nationals are prohibited”: Did Gillibrand miss the memo? It is the law!

Ed Cox Criticizes Kirsten Gillibrand for Fundraising Abroad

Switzerland’s Flag (Photo: Wikimedia)

In a release entitled “GENEVA’S ZIP CODE IS: 14456 Not CH-1201,” New York State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox took issue with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for raising money from Americans in Europe. Senator Gillibrand is indeed in Geneva, Switzerland today as part of a fundraising tour that is also taking her through Paris and London.

“People in Geneva, Switzerland may have more money than people in Geneva, NY, but that’s no excuse to be running around the globe on a fundraising junket while there is work to be done here at home,” Chairman Cox said.

Mr. Cox goes proceeds to attack Senator Gillibrand’s for continuing to support health care reform, “while sipping champagne, popping canapés, and filling her campaign coffers in the shadow of the Swiss Alps.” And, although the Senate has not convened for 2012 yet, Mr. Cox says that the Senator should be working to create jobs right now instead. “She’s clinking glasses overseas when she should be cracking heads in Washington to actually get a bill passed.”

New York Republicans are hoping to defeat Senator Gillibrand, who’s up for election again in 2012. The Republican candidates who are most aggressively campaigning for the seat at the moment include The Ladders.com founder Marc Cenedella and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos. Mr. Maragos recently announced that he’s placed $1 million dollars into his  own campaign.

Senator Gillibrand is herself a prodigious fundraiser and is likely to add to the already substantial $7 million she last reported having on hand for her campaign when financial reports are due in the next couple weeks.

Look at the donation form used at this big dollar Silicon Valley “California” fundraiser for the “New York” Senator below. It contains the proper disclosure “Contributions from foreign nationals are prohibited”, does she think US Law doesn’t apply when actually fundraising in the lands of  foreign nationals? The concerns shared by Mr Cox above are one thing and we share in those sentiments. However, we don’t believe for one minute that while fundraising in a foreign city 100% of the monies involved is coming from Americans, and therefore we’re taking this a step further and calling it an outright scandal. If $1, whether as an in kind donation, or outright cash, is Swiss, then Gillibrand  should be investigated for illegal campaign finance activity, and  fined, sanctioned, censured, impeached, whatever is appropriate!

Two organizations representing the technology industry are organizing and hosting fundraisers for Democratic senators this week in Silicon Valley, according to emails obtained by the Alley.TechAmerica is helping what the trade association calls “tech-friendly” Democratic senators pull in thousands at events in Atherton and Palo Alto, Calif. There was a reception last night for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, and there is one on Wednesday for Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia. There is also a lunch Thursday for Sen. Christopher Coons of Delaware.

Another tech trade group, TechNet, is organizing a fundraising brunch for Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) on Thursday. It is also hosting the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee National Innovation Conference on Thursday and Friday. Democratic senators scheduled to attend are Carper, Mark Begich, Merkley, Coons and Patty Murray, the co-chair of the Super Committee. (and by the way, weren’t these Super Committee folks supposed to be forgoing fundraising while holding that post as a matter of ethics and avoiding conflicts of interest?)

Cox To County Chairs: Get Gillibrand

Posted on January 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm by New York Observer

Republican State Chairman Ed Cox met with New York’s 62 GOP county chairs this afternoon and said that 2012 was shaping up to be another 1980–when Republicans took New York in the presidential election.

Mr. Cox told the county chairs, ”Needless to say, one of our highest priorities will be to increase our majority in the State Senate, and elect more Republicans to the Assembly. “We also believe that Senator Gillibrand is vulnerable, and there are at least two highly qualified Republicans interested in challenging her.”

It is interesting that Mr. Cox has limited the number of “highly qualified Republicans interested in challenging her” to two.  Internet entrepreneur Marc Cenedella has been taking a long look at the race, as has Daniel Rubino, a CEO of an investment advisory firm. George Maragos, the Nassau County comptroller, has already declared for the race, but no less a figure than Fred Dicker puts the fact that Mr. Maragos “announced” in “scare quotes,” demonstrating the fact that Mr. Maragos isn’t seen as serious by GOP brass, even though he is the only official candidate with election day 11 months away.

Also, it is worth noting that Mr. Dicker floated Mr. Cox’s name in that same column.

And Mr. Cox pointed out to the chairs the areas in which he believes Ms. Gillibrand is vulnerable.

“She was AGAINST gay marriage as a member of the House, FOR gay marriage the day she was appointed to the Senate.

“She was FOR “Don’t Ask, Don’t tell” as a member of the House, AGAINST “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” as a Senator.

“She was AGAINST gun control as a member of the House – where she earned a 100% rating from the NRA… FOR gun control as a Senator.

“She was AGAINST amnesty for illegals as a member of the House, FOR amnesty as a Senator.

“She was FOR making English the official language in the House, AGAINST making English the official language as a Senator.”

Cox tells his chairs Gillibrand is toast

Posted on January 5, 2012 at 12:23 pm by Jimmy Vielkind, Capitol bureau in Ed Cox, GOP

Republican State Chairman Ed Cox met this morning with county party leaders at the Fort Orange Club, and his message was simple: 2012 will be a good year, and we will take out Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

“Needless to say, one of our highest priorities will be to increase our majority in the State Senate, and elect more Republicans to the Assembly,” he said, according to a draft version of his remarks sent by a source.  “We also believe that Senator Gillibrand is vulnerable, and there are at least two highly qualified Republicans interested in challenging her.”

He went on to accuse her of flipping her position on several issues. I’ve written about GOP candidates lining up against our freshman representative, but not gaining much real traction. George Maragos is most active on the circuit, and other potential candidates include Harry Wilson (who doesn’t seem likely to run), Dan Rubino and Marc Cenedella.

Cox said the state party will hold its annual dinner in Manhattan “just prior” to the April 24th presidential primary. The party convention will be held in Rochester — when the political calendar is set.

 Scarsdale’s Harry Wilson, who last year ran for state Comptroller, is also said to be considering a run for Senate.

Maragos) Touted To Take On Gillibrand

Gillibrand’s poll numbers have remained fairly anemic, even as she has raised her profile by taking prominent roles in everything from DOMA to the Zadroga Act.

Her photogenic looks, which landed her a Vogue spread in 2010, and friendship with Rep. Gabby Giffords haven’t hurt, either.

Oh yeah, and she’s a monster fundraiser, too, especially from the finance industry.

Gillibrand has to run for her first full six-year term next fall. Republicans see this as perhaps their last best chance at beating her – despite the fact that it’s a presidential year. (President Obama’s numbers have been hovering in the mid-40s here, according to the Marist poll).

…So far, just one Republican – Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos – has formally announced a challenge to Gillibrand. Although Maragos has been traveling the state for six months and pledged to spend up to $5 million of his own cash on the race if he’s the nominee.

Previous posts Re: Gillibrand –

Why does Chuck hate NY?; Is Schumer Ignorant Of The Constitution; and his protege’ Gillibrand – a big spender, her NTU tab!

A few things on our (not so) fabulous NYS Senators: Schumer- Elitist, Arrogant, and Playing God; Gillibrand- Insider, STOCK act is a Crock act.

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