Powers’ Good-Bye

8 Oct

Jon Powers is and will always be a friend, and I am disappointed that his run for Congress was unsuccessful. I am also disappointed that a bright, brave, and caring young man’s character was improperly, falsely, and viciously attacked. I only wish that he could have responded to the smears more swiftly and strongly.

I still firmly believe that Jon represented a great chance for average, middle-class Western New Yorkers from this district to regain their voice in Congress.

Jon sent out the following today, and I chatted with him at great length about his campaign, his new job, and the political scene as it stands a month out. It was about 14 months ago that I first met him and began actively supporting his candidacy. I will continue to support him and his future works.

By changing his domicile to the DC area and ending his campaign, the Working Families Party line is Alice Kryzan’s for the taking. I wish her the best of luck in defeating the unemployed Chris Lee.



I hope this email finds you well. We have talked a great deal over this last year about how incredibly important this election is to the future of our country. New leadership in Washington will be responsible for navigating us through these challenging economic times, implementing an energy policy that will break our nation’s addiction to foreign oil, and bring our troops home safely, securely, and soon.

As you know, my family and I have been highly invested in this year’s election and believe that each of us has a responsibility to serve this nation in a fashion that can help play a role in the change we need. Each of us is responsible for being part of the solution that will help get our nation back on our feet.

Erin and I know that we still have a role to play in this year’s election. We have decided to take a job opportunity in Washington, DC that will allow us to make an impact on a national level.

I will be working with the Eleison Group to develop Veteran Advisory Councils for Congressional campaigns across the country. This will allow me to help candidates not only understand the issues around the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but put together policies to ensure we are taking care of those who served us. The Veteran Advisory Council provides me an opportunity to engage veterans in Western New York and across the nation to make sure they are working with their local campaigns to provide the critical first hand knowledge that someone who has been in combat brings to the conversation.

We have decided to stop our campaign and I am no longer running for Congress.

We want to thank each of you for your hard work and dedication. Please continue to serve in your community and find a way to get involved in this year’s elections.

This campaign was never about an individual, it was about this community. If you believe that together we have the power to change Washington, then please continue to work toward the dramatic change our country needs.



87 Responses to “Powers’ Good-Bye”

  1. Jon Splett October 8, 2008 at 9:04 pm #

    Well,I’m glad to see I was wrong about him just wanting to become a career politician in Washington…

    And uh, what kind of advice is he going to give to candidates? “Heres how to be a war vet endorsed by your local party and still lose the primary”?

    I am so glad this guy skipped town.

  2. Diana October 8, 2008 at 9:25 pm #

    Listen, I was a Jon Powers supporter too…

    But you have to learn to lose gracefully and honestly this still doesn’t quite do it for me.

    Gracefully would have been to endorse Alice, but this doesn’t even mention her once in the letter. It’s very sad indeed.

  3. sally October 8, 2008 at 9:30 pm #

    So basically what Powers is saying is that he was not really interested in helping WNY, he was merely interested in relocating to DC – preferably at our expense. Good riddance!

  4. Buffalopundit October 8, 2008 at 9:34 pm #

    Kryzan repeated the War Kids smears against Powers in the waning days of the campaign despite her request that the “boys” take it “someplace else”.

    He’s doing what’s right by Alice, and if he’s bitter about the swiftboating of War Kids that Alice participated in, I don’t really blame him. May not be how I would have handled it, but his actions speak louder than his words.

  5. Prodigal-Son October 8, 2008 at 9:43 pm #

    Powers may have been too big for his britches and run a bad campaign, but I don’t think he was a bad person or had some devious underhanded motive for doing what he did he did. He just listened to bad advice: that military experience plus some national media on a charity (with a mixed record) equals shoe-in for Congress. If Iraq was the #1 issue for the last two years, maybe he would have been the nominee. But events conspired otherwise (ask John McCain).

    I also don’t begrudge his current decision. Its clear that what Jon really needs is a JOB. Substitute teaching and dubious flows of campaign contributions aren’t hacking it. Lots of people move for jobs: I wish him luck, and hopefully he gets some job experience and can move back to WNY when he’s qualified to do something.

    Then he will be the classic Buffalo Homecoming story: joined the military, had to move to DC for a job, and then moved back to Buffalo because I love it!

  6. WNYPMH October 8, 2008 at 9:50 pm #

    Alice also told Kevin Hardwick that no attack ads on the “War Kids” issue were planned. That was on August 31. The ads probably came out that week, so not only did she lie about Powers record with War Kids, but she also lied about her intent to use it. Those ads had to already be produced by the day of the Hardline debate. Even with the WFP line, I am betting Kryzan loses by double digits, and that sucks for the Dems.

  7. clarence guy October 8, 2008 at 9:53 pm #

    jon splett & sally you two should get married, join a suicide cult and then drink the cool aid.

    Splett you still can’t name me 3 things you’ve ever done for WNY so go fuck yourself

  8. The Humanist October 8, 2008 at 9:56 pm #

    Good for him….he takes the high road and still gets shit on by haters. I hope he comes back in a few years to take the Congressional seat he should have won this year.

    Meanwhile, Alice “Love Canal” Kryzan can go fuck herself if she thinks she’s going to get my support after being in cahoots with Old Man Davis. Good luck beating a millionaire Republican in a Republican district with no support. My one wish is that after you’re trounced on election day, some former Love Canal residents call on you to stop whining and overreacting.

    The Dems will pick up more than enough seats in this election to make me worry about this debacle. Jon Powers is the future, not the present and he will do well no matter what field he chooses.

  9. clarence guy October 8, 2008 at 9:58 pm #

    on a side note – if i were Powers, I’d just stick around to f*ck over little shit bags (sally, diana, splett) who have bashed him the whole time claiming they want the dems to take the seat. this is what it takes to get the dems the seat.

    the guy congratulated alice and told his people to keep working in the election. why should he endorse alice? BP put it correctly – ALICE LIED about Powers – and spread false rumors even after saying she wouldn’t attack War Kids. Then she said she won’t go negative and all she’s done is gone negative. She doesn’t deserve his endorsement.

    Splett – maybe he’ll give advice about men and women risking their lives so American’s like you can sit behind your computer desk and eat fritos and jerk off onto paper towels. You are a disgrace and don’t deserve the freedoms our veterans have fought to secure for you.

  10. WNYPMH October 8, 2008 at 10:08 pm #

    No kidding….lots of armchair quarterbacks in here.

    Prodigal Son….you don’t begrudge, but you certainly are insulting enough. He can “come back when he is qualified to do something” ? He was qualified to go fight for our country and our freedom. He was qualified to be a leader in a 50,000 person section of Baghdad when there was no basic amenities. And he was qualified enough to recognize that kids who have nothing to do in the streets of a war torn country are likely to be recruited to shoot at American troops.

    While the negative basement dwellers here were watching South Park reruns, Powers was talking to members of Congress and briefing Marines on youth counterterrorism issues. Nope, that isn’t necessary experience for the job.

    Sounds to me like he was more qualified than any of the other three candidates. Since two of the needs of the job are to work in Congress and deal with an ill conceived war that we shouldn’t be fighting. Certainly, Jack Davis, Alice Kryzan and Chris Lee are not as qualified on that level.

    It certainly is not Powers fault that Congress is short sighted. I still marvel at the idea that Congress can give Haliburton no bid contracts for hundreds of millions with no oversight, but can’t fund a program that works to stop kids from shooting at our troops. How much did local company National Air Cargo screw the government out of? But funding programs to stop the recruitment of future terrorists is a bad idea.

  11. pirate's code October 8, 2008 at 10:57 pm #

    It would appear that Powers isn’t the sore loser that at least some of his supporters would appear to be. He went from “his for the taking” to second place, licked his wounds, found another gig and moved on. Lesson?

  12. mike hudson October 8, 2008 at 11:09 pm #

    this really brought tears to my eyes. thanks jon, without you we wouldn’t be looking at rep. lee!

  13. Clarence Guy needs to Relax October 8, 2008 at 11:24 pm #

    Clarence guy, are you Powers’ brother or something??? You’re either a relative or maybe Powers himself. I can’t imagine that anyone who is not a relative would be this pissed and respond with so much vitriol who is not related to him.

    Relax buddy…

  14. The Wizard October 8, 2008 at 11:41 pm #

    It baffles me how so many fucks on this blog think they know how to run a political campaign at the congressional level. The monday morning quarterbacking is fucking ridiculous in the comment section of our good friend Pundit’s blog.

    That being said, Alice can take her green collar jobs! and bury them in her ass. Yet again, WNY deserves what it gets with Chris Lee. We had a real chance to turn this district blue, but in classic WNY fashion we blew it by voting for Alice “boys take it somewhere else” Kryzan. Am I bitter? You bet. It takes some kind of person to fucking lie on television about how someone “lined their pockets” with “stolen” money from a charity they worked hard to get up and running. We expect that horseshit from insane Davis, but Alice was suppose to be above the fray. Fuck her.

    Clearly not enough people in the district got off their asses to go out and listen to the candidates. If they did, they would have realized that Alice just does not have what it takes. Instead, lets sit back and pick our candidates by who has the cutest TV ad. Thanks WNY!

    Alice, take it somewhere else. Your fraudulant candidacy is a disgrace.

  15. The Wizard Jr October 9, 2008 at 12:20 am #

    I’m not as bitter as my Jedi father, that is because I am just an apprentice. I do think Alice Kryzan Risin has a long road to ho. I would be shocked if a limousine liberal actually won this district. It is rather ironic that Democrats elected the most unelectable Democrat (yes, more unelectable than Davis because of her views and Love Canal baggage)in the Primary, although that is typical of Democrats.

    Only time will tell…

  16. clarence guy October 9, 2008 at 7:43 am #

    im not his relative, but i am a close friend. i went to high school with the guy. so i do take all of these shots at him very seriously, especially when they come from people who don’t do a damn thing for their community.

  17. clarence guy October 9, 2008 at 7:47 am #

    on a side note -with the above logic in question perhaps Sally is actually alice kryzan?

  18. hank October 9, 2008 at 8:31 am #

    “He was qualified to go fight for our country and our freedom.”

    If you’ve been reading this blog the last 3 years, he did no such thing.

    Jon was qualified to particpate in an enormous mistake, the result of a conspiracy between the President and multinational corporations, to bilk the government out of billions of dollars to fatten the coffers of Bush and the aforementioned corporations,

    to assist in the killing of over 4 thousand American citizens overseas (though Joe Biden said there would be tens of thousands of body bags coming back)

    and to pump the President’s ego by finishing a job his father should have.

    Or, is a returning Iraq veteran someone who’s done something honorable and done his country proud only when he’s a Democrat? Ah, that’s the ticket.

    Nobody knows what Jon’s long range personal ambitions were, he’d been a fool to tell anyone. He really DID need a job. And instead of going through the meat-grinder of WNY politics, he took the path of least resistance and got him a Beltway gig. Can’t say I blame him a lick.

    As is seen above, Democrats had a vitriolic primary, and now that the decision has been made, refuse to put it behind them and unite to get the D nominee elected. Such is an affront to the theory of Party politics. Once the nominee is chosen, you’re supposed to put away your feeling for your personal choice that didn’t win and get behind the person who did. Study up on that folks.

    I’m not sitting around grousing because Fred Thompson isn’t the nominee. I’m certainly not 100% with John McCain on everything, but given the alternative, I’m sticking with him. (he was 5th on my list of desireable nominees). And just like Bush, I know I won’t agree with him on everything. Get a Grip, y’all.

  19. The Wizard October 9, 2008 at 9:04 am #

    hank = Alice Kryzan

  20. Prodigal Son October 9, 2008 at 9:50 am #

    WNYPMH – you misunderstand me. As a fellow veteran (like Jon), I can sympathize with the frustration of trying to find a job in Buffalo where most employers give a “what does that mean” look when you try to explain how your military service equates to skills they can use in their business. Without getting too far on my soapbox of how screwed up the Buffalo job market is, I only mean to say that for him to be qualified to “do something in Buffalo,” he would be like a lot of other Veterans from Buffalo, who had to take jobs (after military service) in other cities where that experience is valued directly, like DC. Then with 10 years of other jobs under his belt, the horrible Buffalo job market may consider him qualified for a $35K a year entry position. But I digress. . .

  21. Mike In WNY October 9, 2008 at 10:07 am #

    G’bye Jon. Your exit letter was the most substantive thing you’ve said since the beginning of your campaign.

  22. wizards cousin mizard October 9, 2008 at 10:43 am #

    Splett (or “clarence guy relax”)… I’m amazed at those people like you who are so desperately against Powers (or any other candidate) that they continue to attack him after he’s done what he could to help the Democratic party. Is your life really that sad?

    Are you so shocked that friends of the guy stand up for him? or are you just so used to negative politics that you don’t know what the word “support” actually means? Maybe you don’t have any friends, so there is no one to stand up for you? Are you jealous of that?

    and Mike in WNY, who do you actually support in this campaign? We know who you don’t support. Why do you support that person? Name me 5 policy issues as reasons for your support.

    Splett – I’ve seen at least three posts where Clarence guy asked you to name 3 positive things you’ve done for your community… and you haven’t, is that because you can’t? You attack a veteran and eagle scout who has done good for this community while you sit and do nothing. Pretty pathetic.

    I’ll extend that same question to Mike in WNY. Besides 3 things in the community, name me 2 events where you’ve heard Powers speak in person? How about Kryzan? or Davis or Lee?

    I’m shocked you inform such hardlined opinions when you don’t really know any of the candidates. Get out and get to an event, go listen to a candidate speak, email their campaign with questions.

    Don’t just be a stupid voter. If you can’t name at least 3 reasons (involving issues – not blogs or news headlines) to support a candidate, then you should go learn 3 before you vote.

  23. The Wizard October 9, 2008 at 11:27 am #

    Well said, Mizard.

  24. WNYPMH October 9, 2008 at 12:08 pm #

    “”Jon was qualified to particpate in an enormous mistake, the result of a conspiracy between the President and multinational corporations, to bilk the government out of billions of dollars to fatten the coffers of Bush and the aforementioned corporations, to assist in the killing of over 4 thousand American citizens overseas (though Joe Biden said there would be tens of thousands of body bags coming back)and to pump the President’s ego by finishing a job his father should have.

    Or, is a returning Iraq veteran someone who’s done something honorable and done his country proud only when he’s a Democrat? Ah, that’s the ticket.””

    None of that was Powers fault. He signed on to serve, and serve he did.

    And I personally admire anyone who served in the military. I did not, so the best I can offer is my gratitude, a pat on the back, and sometimes my vote for issues that I feel are worthy of the appreciation veterans deserve, like VA Medical benefits, college tuiton credits, and not voting for people who I believe will lead us recklessly into war.

  25. Jon Splett October 9, 2008 at 1:25 pm #

    I do nothing for my community?

    *Checks where his paychecks come from*

    Oh, that’s right. I make peanuts writing for a COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER. (Ironically, IN CLARENCE.)

    That probably doesn’t count because I didn’t sign my life over to uncle sam to murder Iraqi’s though right? I don’t think military service gives you some kind of instant sainthood and I don’t blindly support everyone donning a uniform. I make that decision on a troop by troop basis. A career choice involving killing people raises a hell of a lot of red flags for me. Most of them are murderous douchebags but I’ve got friends stupid enough to enlist so I can’t write off the entire armed forces.

    And come to think of it, what are three things POWERS ever did for his community that weren’t directly tied to running for office? And sorry, enlisting to fight during an unjust war didn’t help Buffalo so that one doesn’t count.

  26. mike October 9, 2008 at 1:39 pm #

    hank served during peace time, so all got to do was rape some women in Japan.

  27. wizards cousin mizard October 9, 2008 at 1:50 pm #

    Wow you are an idiot aren’t you. Powers was an ROTC candidate to pay for college, so as a newpaper journalist you’d know he didn’t enlist to fight in an unjust war. But you’re obviously not a very good journalist.

    I know his family, and grew up in Clarence with his older brother. I had just left the Boy Scouts as Jon Powers was on his way to Eagle Scout, which included monthly community service activities and a final community service project for your own community. Most merit badges that a scout must earn involves additional service and involvement in the community as well.

    If you check his resume he also worked for the town in high school, along side my brother. As well as working every Day in the Park during high school. Being he was a graduate for Clarence High School he also completed service hours as a senior (all Clarence graduates did).

    What “community newspaper” do you work for? Does it do outreach programs? Or do you just write biased articles and hate American soldiers? Most soldiers who sign up to kill people, and even if they did they sign up to fight for the rights that you obviously don’t respect.

    Being a soldier does not give you a saint hood, but it certainly garners respect that you are willing to put your life at risk for morons such as yourself. Without American soldiers, we wouldn’t have an America (Revolutionary War), or maybe 2 Americans (Civil War), or maybe we’d all be speaking German (WWI, WWII). You obviously don’t care about those things, and that is pretty sad.

    I emplore you to make a similar statement that you’ve made above (“Most of them are murderous douchebags”) regarding soldiers in our “community newspaper”. Which in my opinion doesn’t count as it does not directly benefit the community considering your terrible writing style (mock my style, but I don’t claim to be a paid writer). For the benefit of the doubt I’ll give you that one.

    Now, go ahead and name me 2 events where you’ve actually met Powers, then 2 other things you’ve done in the community… and try to do it without trashing every man & woman in uniform.

  28. wizards cousin mizard October 9, 2008 at 1:52 pm #

    If you could, please also inform the wonderful readers here what name you write under so we can read your amazing news articles that up lift and save the Clarence and WNY community.

  29. Jon Splett October 9, 2008 at 2:13 pm #

    Ha okay. Let’s go through that shall we?

    First off, ‘money for college’ is a piss poor excuse to enlist in a murderous organization. I think my thoughts on that are best put by Doug Stanhope. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGJESEUYaQg There are plenty of ways to get college money that don’t involve receiving orders on who to shoot at. Iraq isn’t world war 2 and if there’s one thing I believe politically, it’s in the demilitarization of this country, so yea, I don’t want people with a military background in charge of anything.

    Secondly, mandatory community service in high school counts now? Really? Because they made me do that those 2 years I went to Canisius. I guess that makes me a community activist.

    Oh and as much as I’d LOVE to write an editorial about any of this in the paper, I’m a high school sports writer so it’d be a little out of context. I work with kids everyday and while I don’t consider what I do a big deal, based on the feedback I get from people thanking me for writing about their kids and how much it means to them to see it in the paper, others do. Bashing my writing style is amusing too because you’ve clearly never read anything I wrote that wasn’t a blog comment and the idea that I write the same way for the paper as I do here is kinda dumb.

  30. Jon Splett October 9, 2008 at 2:15 pm #

    I write under my real name champ.

    Something you clearly don’t have the balls to do.

    And really, unless you’re into local high school sports, you probably won’t find them all that uplifting.

  31. Mr. Pink October 9, 2008 at 2:20 pm #

    Try this on: In order to have a better chance at winning the Congressional Seat, DC Dems got Powers a cushy job with a fancy title and little work so he’d move out of WNY and thereby give Alice the minor party line she desperately needs to have any chance in this race.

    This isn’t about anything good or noble on anyone’s part. Jon needed a job, wanted to stay in politics and had some leverage (the WFP) line. Good for him for not coming out of all this completely empty-handed. That’s politics.

  32. heavyweight October 9, 2008 at 2:48 pm #

    Its a sad day, he was the only Democrat that could have beaten Chris Lee.

    Kryzan is on her way to getting blown out.

  33. jen October 9, 2008 at 4:04 pm #

    Prodigal Son, what you said extends far beyond ex-military. Many people with years of experience in other cities still have to “prove themselves” in the Buffalo Market once they return. Sad? Yes. 😦

    I totally agree with what you are saying, could not have put it better myself.

  34. The Wizard Jr October 9, 2008 at 4:04 pm #

    Heavyweight is pretty on. She probably won’t get blown out, but will probably lose by 8 points: 54%-46%

  35. The Wizard October 9, 2008 at 4:36 pm #

    We can blame all jobs shipped overseas on Alice Kryzan after Nov. 4.

  36. wizards cousin mizard October 9, 2008 at 4:38 pm #

    So Splett, why not do a follow up article on those high school kids who graduated high school and joined the military. You can tell their parents that they are a bunch of murderers and are good for nothing.

    Again, you’ve reiterated how wonderful you’re sports writing column has helped WNY, now what are those other two things again champ?

  37. wizards cousin mizard October 9, 2008 at 4:39 pm #

    And where can I find your community paper published to read your writing skills?

  38. wizards cousin mizard October 9, 2008 at 4:47 pm #

    On a side note Splett – what is your true opinion on Jonathan Cotte? The fallen hero from WNY.

    (I don’t have the correct spelling and for that I apologize).

  39. Starbuck October 9, 2008 at 5:09 pm #

    Many people with years of experience in other cities still have to “prove themselves” in the Buffalo Market once they return. Sad? Yes.

    What makes it sad? Demand for good career-type jobs around Buffalo has exceeded the supply for many years/decades. I don’t think in general local employers have some conspiracy that causes them to under-value lack of diverse experience. But when there’s so many more applicants than openings, then as a practical matter they need to narrow down somehow.

    People moving away helps balance things out by at least reducing demand somewhat.

    If what you’re saying is the side effects are sad when people move away from friends and family, then on that I agree completely. That is sad.

    But if employers used different, more open-minded, criteria for narrowing down applicants, then it would just be different people who move away. How would that be less sad?

  40. clarence guy October 9, 2008 at 5:46 pm #


    Whats sad is that we have a vast number of good people moving away, but they typically don’t return.

  41. WNYPMH October 9, 2008 at 6:00 pm #

    Splett – I say this in the nicest possible way. You’re a jackass.

    1. You obviously don’t know Jon Powers, and that being said, we should all just ignore your arrogance and ignorance. Powers whole bio is filled with community uplifting organizations and events. And, by the way, he gets that from his parents, who I just recently met and who are busy every day of their lives with things like volunteering to pack shipping containers of used goods to send to Nicaragua and other less fortunate countries, to planning the town of Clarence Bicentennial. Kids tend to grow up with the values that their parents share with them. Perhaps your parents where as angry, hate-filled and jealous as you are.

    2. We can’t demilitarize the country. The world’s not a nice place. Peole want to kill us. Been in a couple of papers.

    3. Just because someone is in the military doesn’t mean they want to jack up defense spending and start taking over third world countries. Some of greatest leaders of all times were military men and women, and of course, some of the worst, as well.

    4. I guess at the K-Mart School of Fine Journalism they didn’t teach you about making completely unsubstantiated statements. That means without proof.

    So climb back into your sad world.

  42. heavyweight October 9, 2008 at 6:24 pm #

    I remember in my hometown when Jon came for a volunteer rally, afterwards there was a community clean-up where he was going door to door…..he started helping clean up and stayed for a good hour.

    No other candidate, on either side, would ever even THINK about doing that.

  43. Starbuck October 9, 2008 at 6:49 pm #

    clarence guy, That’s the case in many other cities/towns as well. Some grow, some shrink, some stagnate. Story of human history.

    I still don’t get why it’s automatically sad.

    As I said, I agree it can be very sad to become separated from family and friends so if that’s all you’re talking about then yeah I get it. Moving away happens everwhere though – in places that are growing, shrinking, and holding steady. Maybe what you’re saying is it’s more prevalent here than most places – more people leaving than coming here or returning here. I don’t think it’s something that can be changed even though campaign ads claim it can (Giambra, Mesi, etc.).

    Re. Powers —- will he even be removed from the WFP ballot line? I saw something in the paper saying the only residency criteria for Congress is to live in the state on Election Day. How would him moving out of state now ahead of time make him ineligible?

  44. heavyweight October 9, 2008 at 6:50 pm #

    Spliett, you missed the point of what we both learned at Canisius, everyone who serves should be honored.

  45. jen October 9, 2008 at 8:04 pm #

    I think I was the one that is was “sad” and I was merely commenting on a comment made by Prodigal Son because I related to it. It’s not a commentary on John Powers.

    I think all of us that read BP’s blog would not debate the fact that the economy in Buffalo is not the greatest and people move away everyday or that other cities in America are doing better and yadda, yadda, yadda.

  46. clarence guy October 9, 2008 at 9:30 pm #

    If he’s living out of state on election date in DC, wouldn’t that let him off the ballot? I may have missed something on that one, and if I missunderstood I apologize (I’m really not being sarcastic on this)

    On the “its sad” note – it’s sad that people are leaving other areas too, the problem is everyone is leaving here, but no one is leaving other places to come here. We’re losing people by the boat load in WNY, it’s not just sad… it screws us.

  47. mike hudson October 9, 2008 at 10:30 pm #

    hey, powers didn’t take as much from the mouths of those poor iraqi war orphans as some people said he did!

  48. JLBravo October 9, 2008 at 10:33 pm #

    John Splett, you should be ashamed of yourself for attacking Powers character the way you have. Parents should be terrified to have you as an example to their children. I’ll admit, I am pretty close to being a relative of Powers and I am damn proud. I’ll also go on to say that I am a Republican, under the age of 30, and for the first time in my voting history felt like I could really get behind a candidate because of their beliefs and plans to help our community. I didn’t care about the party or the politics– just someone with a fresh attitude an outlook on things.

    Last time I checked those “murderous douchebags” were the brave ones protecting YOUR rights to free speech and to the pursuit of life and liberty…. Show some respect.

    I’ll choose to write the haters off and stick with the likes of wizard and cousin et. al– WNYPMH: Jon Powers parents are two of the most humanitarian people I know. You’re right– always volunteering and doing whatever they can to help the community. They raised 3 sons with the same values.

    UGH I’ll pray for all of us!

  49. Jon Splett October 10, 2008 at 12:02 am #

    @JL No, see that “show some respect they’re protecting you” crap is EXACTLY why I hate the military. They aren’t protecting me from a damn thing. They’re out being used to impose the will of a government I don’t support and they all optionally signed up to do so. They walked into a recruiting station and signed papers that said “I will do what I am told without questioning if it’s just”. Nothing could ever make me respect a decision like that. The entire mindset of ‘don’t think, do what your told’ makes me sick to my stomach and I’d never vote for anyone who bought into it.

    And parents really don’t have to worry about what kind of ‘example’ I am to their kids because I’m not about to go espousing my political opinions to them. Am I going to do a follow up story on some kid joining the military after high school? Hell no. I don’t want my name attached to that kind of jingoistic bullshit. If my editor wanted that story, I’d tell him to assign someone else to it because I’m bias. Am I going to tell some kid NOT to join the military? Hell no. It’s not my place to get involved in other peoples lives.

    @Heavyweight- I disagree. If you’re only serving to be honored your motives are selfish. I could start an entirely seperate blog on all the bullshit I was fed at good ol’ CHS but if I remember Jebus’ teachings correctly, your suppose to be doing good acts because they’re good, not because you want a reward. I may be an atheist, but the dead hippie was right about that one.

    @WNYPMH No, we can’t completely demilitarize. I’m not an idiot. But we can treat war machines as the dangerous caged animals they are and do everything we can to limit their power and influence. Oil companies have a stranglehold over us economically right now but we don’t just throw up our hands and go “Necessary evil! Don’t try and change it!” (Ok, so republicans do but thats not the point…) When our military starts acting like the Swiss, I’ll start supporting it.

    @Cousin What is it that I’m running for that I need this community service record for? I mean, if you’re vetting me for a congressional race I’m totally interested the job but I didn’t know I was being considered. I help promote a local happy hardcore night, which if you knew anything about electronic music, is much like charity work. (Come see me spin sometime. You can hurl insults in person!) Now, that’s not YOUR community but it certainly is mine. Does that make me qualified enough to criticize those who wish to govern me?

    I work 3 jobs and go to school full time. I get one day off a week, Sundays, to watch the Bills and BBQ in my backyard. You find me the time to do charity work and I’ll be all about it. Right now, I’m more liking to be in need of charity with how broke I am than to be out doing it.

    Oh and I don’t really know/care enough about the Cote story to comment. What I can say, is that if he didn’t enlist, he wouldn’t be dead. See that’s why I’m against the military…I’m pretty anti-death.

    Okay. I’m bored with responding now and theres a new episode of The Office waiting for me. Best luck to all of you in landing a cushy government job when Powers inevitably does win an election as a career politican somewhere.

  50. Jon Splett October 10, 2008 at 12:07 am #

    God damn it.

    I just had a lengthy reply written, hit submit, and Google Chrome crashed.

    Worst browser ever.

    Short recap: When the United States starts using its army like the Swiss, I’ll start respecting people for joining it.

    Maybe tomorrow I’ll go through and write all of that again but probably not.

  51. Starbuck October 10, 2008 at 12:39 am #

    clarence, I’m no expert either but what I read the other day made it sound like the issue is whether his declaration that he won’t be living in NYS when Election Day arrives is sufficient grounds to remove him from the ballot ahead of time. Maybe courts will decide. Considering the district isn’t liberal, I can’t imagine the WFP line gets many votes anyway so it probably won’t matter either way.

    We’ll disagree about the sad thing. The shrinking-stagnating is like the freezing winters in that it sucks but there’s nothing anyone can realistically do about it, so might as well just accept it as part of life.

  52. WNYPMH October 10, 2008 at 7:31 am #

    Splett – Maybe you can buy a new country for yourself on E-Bay? Clearly you have no use for this one. Best of luck finding ANY happiness in life.

  53. clarence guy October 10, 2008 at 7:47 am #

    Wow Splett you are certainly insane. According to Bush, you hate American soldier’s so much…. you must be a terrorist!

  54. Ivan October 10, 2008 at 9:10 am #

    what Sally said.

  55. hank October 10, 2008 at 10:29 am #

    @ Mike–You’re so right—

    In Lebanon we refereed pillow fights between Fatah,the Druse Militia,
    and any other nut-case that picked up a gun. Evacuating the PLO from Lebanon—that was just a parade–that’s why the cameras were 10 miles away on a hilltop so they wouldn’t be where the bullets were flying.

    You know so much about me—better study up, ya fucking tool.

  56. The Wizard October 10, 2008 at 12:38 pm #

    Alice sucked in the debate last night. She was as dry as a stale piece of toast. Lee does not know what the fuck he is talking about. All he can do is spit out cheesy GOP talking points. What great candidates we have on our hands!

  57. wizards cousin mizard October 10, 2008 at 2:23 pm #

    splett – why can’t you just do good deeds to do them? why do you have to be running for something to do them?

    you can’t name three good things you’ve done so you insult the American Armed Forces?

    No offense, working as a dj doesn’t = charity work, it =’s hobby. Unless to listen to you “spin” gang members surrender their weapons.

    You take someone who does good in this community and nation, and attack their motives, when in fact you don’t do anything yourself. Truly pathetic.

  58. wizards cousin mizard October 10, 2008 at 2:25 pm #

    side bar – if we do count your dj work (where is it so I can come hear you “spin” dj jazzy jeff?) you’re still 1 short, and that’s with giving you your paid job as the first charity work.

  59. InTheLoop October 10, 2008 at 2:36 pm #

    What a bunch of whiners!!

    As a Davis backer turned Kryzan supporter, I say shame on you, “Powers Platoon.”

    Get real, Democrats.

    This obsessive, sycophantic drooling and crying is just pathetic.

  60. mike hudson October 10, 2008 at 3:24 pm #

    @everyone bearing some adjustment to wiztard’s name here and, in fact, everyone other than splett, hank and carlotta, and especially including pundit — you people played a big role in powers’ defeat.

    your contempt for military service, except for powers’ military service, showed you to be anti-american scumbags of the first order. your dismissal of allegations against powers, relating both to his dubious “war kids relief” phony charity and the drunken police incident in cleveland lulled his campaign into thinking they didn’t have to respond.

    your scurrilous attacks against jack davis — hey pundit, have those “bribery” charges been filed yet? — were sophmoric to the point of insult to any thinking voter and the effete and supercillious tone employed throughout offended so many people that an easy victory was turned into agonizing defeat.

    no wonder he left the area. his “friends” did him far more harm than any of his enemies.

    this same loser group is now engaging in the same loser tactics on behalf of barack hussein obama.

    and i’m certain john mccain is thrilled.

  61. Byron October 10, 2008 at 3:36 pm #


  62. mike October 10, 2008 at 3:40 pm #

    Was that hudson handing out Hands off Cuba papers ?

  63. The Wizard October 10, 2008 at 3:42 pm #

    InTheLoop – No. What’s pathetic is the candidate you work for and get a paycheck from. She’s fucking lazy and she sucks. Why the fuck isn’t she out campaigning? Honest to God. The “boys take it somewhere else” cutsie ad isnt going to work in the general so you people better light a fire under Alice’s ass and get moving. At this point the best your campaign can do is avoid a complete embarassment and turn it into a solid defeat.

  64. The Wizard October 10, 2008 at 3:44 pm #

    Drunk Hudson – I don’t have contempt for anyone in the military, so I guess your argument is debunked. Thanks. Go mix another Manhattan and shut the fuck up.

  65. mike October 10, 2008 at 3:47 pm #

    Hudson is in the garage with betty ford drinking anti freeze

  66. The Wizard October 10, 2008 at 3:59 pm #

    Yep. At this point Hudson could drink gasoline. His liver is so rock solid and worn out that it can handle anything.

  67. Librul Murkin October 10, 2008 at 4:10 pm #

    I wouldn’t attack Hudson for his drinking, but I would attack him for the fact that Davis never endorsed Hillary as far as I can recall, and if anyone was anti-military it was Splett more than pundit.

    Pigeon’s checks must still be clearing, because only a scumbag like Pigeon & his boy Hudson would bother to keep on insulting an ex-candidate.

  68. wizards cousin mizard October 10, 2008 at 4:13 pm #

    in the loop – A Davis supporter? really? wow so you started off an idiot and just kept on that train… how’s it working for you?

    and hudson: “””your contempt for military service, except for powers’ military service, showed you to be anti-american scumbags of the first order.””””

    How has anyone who supported Powers had contempt for military service? Splett’s the one here bashing all the military.

    Are you drunk again?

  69. Jon Splett October 10, 2008 at 4:17 pm #

    Sometimes sarcasm is lost on people.

    Let me spell this out. I don’t do charity work and I don’t plan on starting. If that makes me a bad person, I’m a bad person. I just don’t have the time or the energy for it.

    This is apparently a horrible pox on my character that removes my right to criticize a guy who got paid handsomely to do charity work for kids in a warzone. Explain to me how Jon Powers collecting a paycheck to do charity is noble and selfless.

    And Hudson’s right. You’ll all jerk off about how much you love the troops when a veteran says what you want them to say. But how many of you are espousing how great John McCain is because he fought in a bullshit war we shouldn’t have been in? You can get all Sean Hannity about my patriotism all you want, but lets be real here. If serving your country in the military is of this paramount importance to you, you’d all be voting for McCain.

    I also find it amusing everyone thinks I’m a miserable America hater. Just because I think my country’s priorities are ass backwards doesn’t mean I don’t still love it at the end of the day. I criticize it because I love it. Being a citizen is much like following a sports team. When times are bad, you’re suppose to hate the front office until it changes. If you keep supporting it out of blind loyalty to the team, the product on the field will continue to suck.

  70. wizards cousin mizard October 10, 2008 at 4:33 pm #

    Who ever attacked McCain for serving? I haven’t seen those comments on this site before? McCain served honorably and should be commended for his actions. No one is saying being a soldier makes you qualified, but it does garner respect and admiration. Do I respect and admire McCain for his service? Yes. Do I like his ideas for the future of America? No. But I’m not going to call him a “murdering douchebag” in the process.

    and Splett you’ve been proved wrong about Powers War Kids numerous times. He only collected $ 15,000 over a 2 year period for working on the project – which included him having to travel back to Iraq as a civilian (something that is not cheap).

    I’d love to know where & when you “spin” so I can come hurl these insults in person.

  71. wizards cousin mizard October 10, 2008 at 4:34 pm #

    and to reiterate your owns words – yes, yes you are a bad person.

  72. Jon Splett October 10, 2008 at 5:02 pm #

    Yep. 15,000 from war kids.

    Then another 60,000 from the organization that founded war kids.

    That would be 75,000 for his charity work with vets and kids.

    Noble dude.

  73. WNYPMH October 10, 2008 at 6:40 pm #

    God, Splett, you are just a sad ass, mean idiot. Been hanging at Hudson’s house too much.

    So, by your argument, anybody who works for a not for profit should do it out of the kindness of their hearts? Because the CEO’s of Make-A-Wish, American Cancer Society, MDA, JDRF etc., might beg to differ as they collect their paychecks that are often significantly higher than Powers was. Secondly, because they get paid for these noble and difficult jobs, they shouldn’t be able to use the experiences that they garner as qualifications for future jobs?

    And finally, why is it even an issue that he made whatever he made as the VP for Policy at VVA?

    Again, I maintain that if you write your stories in the “small community paper” with the same desire for truth that you do in condemning Powers, I imagine you’ll be working 3 jobs and only have one day off to watch the Bills…for a very long time. Maybe Hudson can get you a job at the Reporter. They aren’t encumbered by things like truth or facts over there.

  74. Jon Splett October 11, 2008 at 1:38 am #

    Yea, you can’t get over the fact some dude you went to high school with lost an election and I’m the idiot….

  75. JLBravo October 11, 2008 at 3:02 am #

    Splett- you’ve outdone yourself! You sound like a bonafide communist. How many tabs of ecstacy are you popping while you “spin” your happy hardcore? Obviously you must be sharing some with Mike Hudson. Talk about a couple of douchebags. You’re just bitter and frankly I think you may be jealous of Jon Powers credentials and good looks.

  76. clarence guy October 11, 2008 at 7:39 am #

    Haha – yes. Splett are you saying the people who work for the American Heart Association, the one’s that organize business to participate in the Heart Start hart walk (like the one recently in Buffalo that raice over 1/2 a million dollars for a one day event) are terribly people?

    Because there average salary is $ 55 – $ 75 K per year. Powers made that in 2 years.

    You must be evil, because you help the community as a h.s. sports writer and still make a paycheck, right?

  77. WNYPMH October 11, 2008 at 8:43 am #

    Splatt – A. I didn’t go to high school with him. Never worked with him. Not related to him. Didn’t know him until January 08. Again, don’t let facts get in the way of your writing.

    B. I am completely over it and on to the next thing. I just don’t like liars like you and Hudson beating up on anyone.

    c. Yes, you are an idiot. A mean, angry, small minded, jealous idiot. The good news is, you are not alone. Hudson is one too. Maybe you guys could unionize.

  78. Clarence Guy October 11, 2008 at 10:56 am #

    The WNY-IWU (Western New York Idiot Writers Union).

    Hudson can be vice president and Splett president.

  79. InTheLoop October 12, 2008 at 4:27 pm #

    wizards cousin,

    started off as an idiot and kept on that train?

    seeing as your beloved candidate lost and abandoned you, how would you say things have worked out for you???

  80. The Wizard October 12, 2008 at 6:10 pm #

    InTheLoop – don’t you have an Alice canvass going on right now? She pays you so I would suggest doing your work. Then again, we are talking about the Kryzan campaign. That team got lucky in the primary and now they are clueless as to how much work it actually takes to be taken seriously.

  81. wizards cousin mizard October 13, 2008 at 11:26 am #

    Intheloop – I feel pretty good. My candidate is making a difference in every campaign across the country.

    Your woman Kryzan is on the phones raising money, taking pac money, and not visiting the disctrict like she should be.

    How will it feel with Kryzan is crushed by lee in the general and she realizes she completely fucked the Democratic party out of what could have been a winable seat?

    Or how does it feel knowing you weren’t smart enough to tell Kryzan about the Rennaisance Square project in Rochester is before the debate?

  82. InTheLoop October 13, 2008 at 2:20 pm #

    Clueless as to how much work it actually takes to be taken seriously? I think 42% of Democrats speaks for itself, loser.

    I’d ask you little Powers Platooners to stop crying, but like I said, I’m sure it’s hard to get over your cult of personality fanaticism. In fact, if you were real Democrats (not converts like Powers), we wouldn’t be having this conversation because you would be 100% behind Alice.

    On that note, who are The Wizards supporting in November?

  83. InTheLoop October 13, 2008 at 2:21 pm #

    Bedenko, you fat fuck, are you censoring me?

  84. Buffalopundit October 13, 2008 at 2:28 pm #

    Hey, intheloop – apparently not.

    And I invite you to email me at buffalopundit[at]gmail.com so that we can arrange a time for you to say that to my face. Thanks so much.

  85. WNYPMH October 13, 2008 at 2:45 pm #

    I am a convert, like Powers. Grew up in a Clarence, Republican household and realized it wasn’t the way. Went and changed over to Democrat. Does that make me less of a Democrat? I’ll be voting for Alice, but even if all of the 3600+ voters that pulled the lever for Powers come out for Alice, it isn’t going to make a big difference in the general. If she doesn’t get out of the office soon and start generating some excitement she is going to get rolled over. And I firmly believe if Jack Davis wasn’t in the race then, Powers would be running around the district getting votes, not pointing out in the debate that he couldn’t do that because he was stuck in the office raising money all the time. Powers managed alot more district time while raising alot more money.

  86. The Humanist October 13, 2008 at 2:50 pm #

    Alice will get my vote and nothing else. She sucks.

  87. wizards cousin mizard October 13, 2008 at 3:14 pm #

    Intheloop —

    37 % of of the Dem’s voted for Powers… that’s not to far off from Alice’s 41 %. You think Alice can win the line without those 37 % pulling the lever for her? Why should I support Alice again?

    Your comments are only going to make me pull the lever for someone else. How do you think Alice would feel about that? Calling me a loser and BP a “fat fuck” really don’t go along with Kryzan’s “i’m not negative” slogan. Thanks for proving Alice and her entire political camp are a bunch of lying idiots.

    As of now Powers is still on the WFP line. I saw on the blogs (here and Albany Project) that his request went in to take him off of the ballot, but haven’t heard if it’s official yet. If he’s still on there, I’m voting for him.

    I’ve been a registered Democrat since I was 18, not a convert, but I still don’t feel that Alice represents my interests in Washington.

    Also, I feel because of her strong “I’m a Democrat and Republicans suck” attitude she won’t be able to come to any bi-partisan solution, leaving America right where it was – two parties being too stubborn to give anything to the other side. America gets screwed in that scenario.

    I don’t know if Lee will do that either, but I know Alice won’t. Lee’s at least trying to win over voters like me… what has Alice done?

    Why haven’t I heard or seen Alice in my neighborhood? Powers was there 2 – 3 times during the primary race… and he raised a truck load of money.

    If Alice spends all this time raising money, how do I know she won’t do that when she’s in office so she can garuntee a second term?

    So go ahead…insult me again Kryzan employee, and let’s see how many votes that will get you.

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