2008

7 Nov

So, I guess it’s time to start paying attention to the Presidential race; something I’ve consciously been avoiding for many months, now. I like Richardson, but recognize that he’s running for VP or (better yet) Secretary of State. Apart from that, I don’t really have an opinion one way or another. I won’t be supporting Hillary Clinton because I really want to put an end to the Bush-Clinton cycle. Really. On the (R) side, Giuliani sought and received the endorsement of hatemonger Pat Robertson, so that pretty much takes care of the only one I was remotely interested in.

One race I am excited for is Jon Powers’. I saw him last night at Dem HQ, and he’s running full steam ahead. I’ll be doing what I can to help him get elected.

25 Responses to “2008”

  1. Bruce November 7, 2007 at 10:40 pm #

    Tom Reynolds has collected over 2 million dollars in taxpayer salary!

    Tom Reynolds’ taxpayer funded salary has increased over 1000%!

    Tom Reynolds has never created a job that wasn’t funded by the taxpayers.

  2. Stephen Nazwisko November 7, 2007 at 11:44 pm #

    Haha.

    I see what you did there Bruce.

  3. mike hudson November 8, 2007 at 1:08 am #

    its powers’ race to lose. that crazy old man almost beat reynolds last year.

  4. Russell November 8, 2007 at 8:16 am #

    Reynolds’ salary increased because the voters gave him a promotion, but I don’t think it’s anywhere near 1000%. And he did work in the private sector. This is going to be one of the most interesting races in the country. Just try to stick to the truth. Do you have any facts to back up your claims?

    Do you expect Congressmen to create jobs? I thought we had a primarily capitalist system. They can create a climate for jobs, but actual job creation is really the work of the private sector, especially if you want it to be non-taxpayer funded.

    I guess it is never too early to start talking about the next election, especially since the campaigns have already been chugging along for a while.

  5. Mike In WNY November 8, 2007 at 8:38 am #

    I will preface my thoughts with the statement that I am no fan of Tom Reynolds. On the other hand, I have heard nothing of substance from Powers. Unless I’ve missed something, the only thing he has talked about is leadership without giving any details about exactly what that means.

    At least the “crazy old man” had ideas.

  6. hank November 8, 2007 at 11:10 am #

    Bruce Sez”Tom Reynolds has never created a job that wasn’t funded by the taxpayers”

    No shit Sherlock–Reynolds (unfortunately) does what most Congressmen do. They’re whores for the money of the lobbyists, and they thnk that their job is to see how much of the money taken from the nations taxpayers against their will they can bring to their district, in the hopes of being elected again.

    Reynolds, as bad as he is, is an angel compared to John “ABSCAM/Redeploy to Okinawa” Murtha. He brings home enough pork to make Reynolds look like he tips the scales at about 50 lbs.

    The current Congress is such a fuck-story that at this juncture, I wouldn’t give a shit if Reynolds replacement was a retarded Chimp. For sure, the retarded Chimp could do no worse.

    But since that’s not likely, I have to agree with one of my favorite Ronulans when he says he’d like to see exactly what the man’s got to say. Pro Term Limits? Anti Earmark? What kind of pledge will he make?

    Buffaloons would HATE my rep, Patrick McHenry(R-NC). He has taken a NO EARMARK pledge. Is Powers willing to do the same, or will the Buffaloons hold their noses and vote “YES” to MORE PORK with Reynolds. WNY does have a voracious appetite for Federal Pork. Just look at the biggest employers in the area—County of Erie, County of Niagara, City of Buffalo, State of New York, etc etc………

  7. Joe Golombek, Jr. November 8, 2007 at 11:38 am #

    I am coordinating the Richardson for President effort in Erie County. If anyone is interested in assisting the Governor to get on the ballot or anything else you can contact me at 874-4975.

  8. Stephen Nazwisko November 8, 2007 at 12:20 pm #

    Russell/Hank – You’re missing the point.

    All he did was turn the Collins criticisms of Keane back on Reynolds. Whether they we’re accurate misses the point – that he’s in the same situation.

    Actually, I think Bruce was trying to provoke the same people who just massacred Keane to try do defend Reynolds for the same thing; if so, mission accomplished.

  9. Stephen Nazwisko November 8, 2007 at 12:24 pm #

    Also, by my math, Reynolds’ salary has increased 4100%, from his time as a councilman to his time as a congressman now.

    And before you say it’s apples and oranges, the commercial Collins – who you’ve defended like he’s your son – ran against Keane accusing him of taking a 200% pay increase – that increase was for going from city councilman to deputy county executive – apples and oranges as well.

  10. steve November 8, 2007 at 12:25 pm #

    Given Mrs. Clinton’s current advantage in the polls (front runner) and her ability to raise ungodly amounts of money (well-funded front runner), is the race on the blue side already over?

    Richardson is a smart guy — almost certainly smart enough to know whether or not this a race worth running.

    Bruce, if you are going to hold Reynolds accountable for not creating jobs, will you do the same with regard to Clinton’s somewhat famous campaign pledge of 200,000 jobs upstate?

    I agree with mike hudson (did I just type that?) — the race is Powers’ to lose, but he best not under-estimate Reynolds’ political savvy.

    Any thoughts on this — is Reynolds smart enough to not run? He has to know that Oct ’06 storm saved his ass last time, and that there is so much fodder for negative ads against him it starts to write itself. There is plenty of money to be made and influence to peddled in the whacky world of consultancy and, with the increasing likelihood that the White House turns blue, it might just be time for an old line GOPer to take the money and…um…not run.

    Just wonderin’…

  11. Russell November 8, 2007 at 2:59 pm #

    As BP has even pointed out a few times, I am no Collins supporter. Just because I’m saying he did not make a promise about one issue does not mean I bought everything he’s selling. I did say that the ads and issues in the CE race were ridiculous. If that’s what Powers or any of his supporters want to turn this race into, that’s ridiculous, too.

    And as I pointed out, Reynolds is not Keane and Keane is not Reynolds. For one, Reynolds has had private sector jobs and so have his family members.

    It’ll be even funnier to watch the Keane defenders attack Reynolds for what they defended in Keane. Wouldn’t you guys rather have someone with real government experience? Isn’t that what you were saying all along and are still saying?

  12. Buffalo Girl November 8, 2007 at 3:15 pm #

    Who’s saying that Powers or his supporters are turning the race into anything? Rereading the comments on this thread it seems to me that people are being critical of Reynolds not necessarily supporting Powers. You can do one with out being the other.

  13. mike hudson November 8, 2007 at 3:16 pm #

    isn’t richardson running for VICE president?

  14. Buffalo Girl November 8, 2007 at 3:20 pm #

    Although I am a Powers supporter.

  15. hank November 8, 2007 at 3:37 pm #

    Buffalo Girl—“Won’t You Come Out” and tell us exactly what it is about Powers that makes you a supporter?

    BTW “He’s NOT REYNOLDS” would not be a good reason, because once he’s in there, he could become a Reynolds pretty quick.

  16. Buffalo Girl November 8, 2007 at 4:05 pm #

    I would NEVER support someone just because he is not someone else. I support someone because of who they are, where they stand on the issues and if I think they can effectuate positive change in our world.

    As far as why I support him, I would say that it is because he is a proud veteran that is against this heinous war. That he started an organization, War Kids Relief, to help Iraqi children who are torn apart by the war, which shows me that he wants to make this world better and because he is a democrat and shares my sense of values.

    In running for this seat he’s a guy who is doing something very important because he saw a need. He thinks that the country is going in the wrong direction, most importantly because of the Iraq War, but also because of healthcare, national security, and education.

    That is why I support him.

  17. Dave A. November 8, 2007 at 6:21 pm #

    I agree with Buffalo Girl – “I’m not the incumbent” is not enough to get my vote (although in this case it’s close). Powers has to show me more than what’s on his web site. It’s easy to stand on a soapbox and tell us what’s wrong. I need him to tell me what he would do. What is his plan for the war? What is his idea of a health care plan? What does he believe we should do in Pakistan?

    If ‘I’m not Tom Reynolds’ were enough, that old coot would be going for a second term now.

  18. iNdAbUFF November 9, 2007 at 1:00 am #

    People in general…the readers (well not all of them) and writer of this fine blog excluded don’t look at substance…they look at image…this is what it is going to boil down to for Powers…the image he portrays….he has got something going there and he will run with it…this is the case with many races on various levels of government and what gets people elected…

  19. Buffalo Girl November 9, 2007 at 8:56 am #

    I agree with you indabuff, Powers has got the charisma, the looks, the veteran status, the umphh it takes to win a major election. The only thing that might be a problem is his age. If he can focus the age question as a positive, and keep it there, it will definitely be his to loose.

  20. iNdAbUFF November 9, 2007 at 10:36 am #

    BuffaloGirl…

    I find him him attractive too…

    🙂

  21. mike hudson November 9, 2007 at 12:56 pm #

    he’s an iraq vet and opposed to the war. he’s also not a republican. he’s also not tom reynolds. duh.

  22. steve November 9, 2007 at 1:53 pm #

    hudson — “he’s an iraq vet and opposed to the war. he’s also not a republican. he’s also not tom reynolds. duh.”

    But, he’s running in a district that is overwhelmingly GOP.

    Suburban GOPers will vote straight party line almost as often as urban Dems, like they do in, oh, say…Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

    Powers can win this but won’t if he just stands there with a “not him” T-shirt.

  23. hank November 9, 2007 at 2:07 pm #

    Buffalo Girl Said
    I would NEVER support someone just because he is not someone else.

    Good to know.

    I support someone because of who they are, where they stand on the issues and if I think they can effectuate positive change in our world.

    As far as why I support him, I would say that it is because he is a proud veteran that is against this heinous war.

    And I’m a proud decorated combat veteran who’s FOR this war. There’s plenty of people in Congress who say they’re against the war. The Out of Iraq Caucus, Senate Majority Leader, Speaker of the House, people who wield a lot more power than a rookie from NY will.

    WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO STOP THE WAR, AND WHAT THE HELL DO YOU THINK POWERS WILL DO? Give me a break.

    That he started an organization, War Kids Relief, to help Iraqi children who are torn apart by the war, which shows me that he wants to make this world better

    Actually, the fact that Al-Queda in Iraq has been routed from Baghdad, ( you can find that on page A-NINETEEN in the NYT from Wednesday) , and El-Anbar province has been pacified shows that the world is being made better, by our warriors. But “FOR THE CHILDREN” just pulls at liberal heart-strings, so if that makes you feel better, so be it.

    OH, AND HE’S A DEMOCRAT—Couldn’t forget that. Wouldn’t matter if he was a pedophile, as long as he’s a Democrat. Shows a Buffalo mindset, alright…..BYRON BROWN’S A DEMOCRAT TOO!!!

    and because he is a democrat and shares my sense of values.

    In running for this seat he’s a guy who is doing something very important because he saw a need. He thinks that the country is going in the wrong direction, most importantly because of the Iraq War, but also because of healthcare, national security, and education.

    That is why I support him.

    OK. WHAT IS HE GOING TO DO ABOUT HEALTH CARE, NATIONAL SECURITY, AND EDUCATION??

    Support Hillarycare? YOU get to pay for it ya know.
    National Security? STOP THE WAR? What are his ideas on stopping that? Rookie Rep from WNY sits Pelosi and Reid down to instruct them on stopping the war? Let’s get realisitic

    Education–Now that’s interesting.. BPS graduation rate less than 80%, Principals making 100K, Engineers making 80K, Teachers making 60K, fewer than 8 of 10 graduate.
    What’s the federal Government going to do to Help?

    What’s Powers Plan? Do you know? DOES HE KNOW?
    If he does, when’s he going to tell you?

    Why don’t you just admit it.
    a. You hate Reynolds. (I’m no fan myself)
    b. You want a democrat in there, even if he’s a useless prick.
    c. you have no idea what his platform is, but

    He’s a democrat, he’s against the war, and he does nice things for children in Iraq.

    Been down to the southtowns where the migrant workers live?
    HOW ABOUT HE HELP SOME OF THEM? They might even be in his district?

    Send me your address, and I’ll send you a gift certificate to “THE CLUE PLACE”—perhaps you can buy one there.

    I’m not Anti-Powers, I just want to know what he thinks he can can accomplish, and what he thinks about earmarks, term limits, and bi-partisanship.. Do YOU give a shit about any of that? Or is he just a touchy-feely Democrat alternative?

  24. Stephen Nazwisko November 9, 2007 at 2:53 pm #

    I disagree steve, I think that Powers will win if he does exactly that.

    The only reason Davis didn’t beat TR was because he was a batsh*t insane old kook. He still pulled all-time record numbers out of Amherst (56%), Alden (53%), Newstead (58%), and Lancaster (58%), and nearly won TR’s hometown of Clarence (48%). He even took 44% in the area outside of Erie County, which is around 2.5-1 Republican

    The district is ready for anyone but Tom Reynolds.

  25. mike hudson November 9, 2007 at 9:19 pm #

    hank….one assumes powers wouldn’t vote to deny health care to poor american children either. the u.s. has sustained record casualties in 2007 in iraq, despite your rosy scenarios. the last five-plus years have shown that any career military officers who deviates from the administration’s always spectacularly incorrect assessments had better be of retirement age. all of those appeared in the times as well. powers would try to get us out of that mess. he’s never covered up for a pedophile colleague and has never voted for any trade policies detrimental to indistry in his home district. finally, as i said, he’s not tom reynolds and he’s not a republican. good enough for me and i’m from the midwest.

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