Big Spender Ranzenhofer

14 Oct

Heh. Especially paragraph 2.

State Senate Joe Mesi’s campaign said today that his Republican opponent Mike Ranzenhofer’s call for a “constitutional cap on spending” was not believable – and that Ranzenhofer’s love-fest with Long Island State Senator Dean Skelos proves it.

“When a career politician like Mike Ranzenhofer says he’s going to cut spending, it’s time to watch your wallet. Ranzenhofer was for big spending before he was against it. Mike Ranzenhofer was a County Legislator during the worst fiscal crisis in the history of Erie County. During that time, he voted for nearly $3 million in pork-barrel spending. Watch what politicians like Ranzenhofer do, not what they say,” said Emma Wolfe, Mesi’s campaign manager.

“And here’s more reason to worry: Mike Ranzenhofer has formed a close bond with his downstate patron Dean Skelos. The problem is that Skelos’s Republican majority has signed off on budget after budget with reckless spending increases. Skelos and Ranzenhofer together equals more of the same.”

“Among the State Senate candidates, only Joe Mesi has put forward a realistic plan to cut wasteful state spending and lower property taxes for working families,” Wolfe said.

6 Responses to “Big Spender Ranzenhofer”

  1. Ralph Wiggum October 14, 2008 at 9:37 pm #

    I am more than a little curious to see how Ranzenhofer is going to spin his pronouncement that he will not vote for any Chris Collins budget with any property tax increase. Ranzenhofer has been appearing with Collins at campaign and “governmental” events, run ads with Collins endorsing him, and Collins county-paid staffers (like Michael Malia) are assisting Ranzenhofer’s campaign (as are GOP Legislature staff like Jon McNulty, seen today on County time affixing a Ranzenhofer for Senate sign to the podium at the Ranzenhofer-Skelos event).

    Ranzenhofer said over the weekend he will not vote for any Collins budget with a property tax increase. Does that mean he doesn’t want important county road work to be done? Because if the GOP continues to pander on the tax issue (something Ranzenhofer has done for his 20+ years in the County Leg), then Leg Dems might have an incentive not to vote for capital projects in GOP districts. If the GOP won’t take the vote, why should they benefit from capital projects when Dem districts don’t?

  2. buffalomom October 15, 2008 at 10:40 am #

    20+ years? Oh, gag.

    I was out in that district last night. Was lost and affraid to stop for directions. All I saw were very angry looking white men out in their yards with rakes. They all reminded me of John McCain. Seriously. It was scary.

    While I’m not a big Mesi fan and likely never will be, I’d laugh my ass off watching him beat Ranzenhofer. Mike is such a dud that I can actually see people holding their noses and voting Mesi.

    This is comedy for sure.

  3. Mike In WNY October 15, 2008 at 12:34 pm #

    All I saw were very angry looking white men out in their yards with rakes.

    I guess it was quite a shock seeing people taking care of their property because they earned the money to pay for it without being subsidized or given subprime loans.

  4. buffalomom October 15, 2008 at 1:11 pm #

    @ Mike in WNY. My home is quite beautiful as are those of my neighbors. Oh, yes. And we’re all professionals.

    What was shocking was how old and white and angry looking the men were. Creepy. The rake comment was supposed to stir the image of an angry mob ready to attack and chase a scary outsider. I guess that is the Williamsville version of Stepford Husbands. Ick. I’ll take diversity any day.

    Full disclosure: I’m a white woman who grew up in the suburbs. Went to private schools. The whole 9 yards. And fortunately, I recovered just fine.

  5. Starbuck October 15, 2008 at 1:54 pm #

    Seeing elderly people is shocking?

  6. Chris from OP October 15, 2008 at 2:28 pm #

    The recent Buffalo News hit piece on the Senate Democrats forgot to mention that almost half of the Republican leadership team is from downstate (more than that if you include the Hudson Valley below Albany) and that Upstate gets shortchanged in school funding every year because the Long Island Republicans bias the the funding formulas to benefit LI.

    Dale Volker’s sole accomplishment in the Senate (other than a long string of the worst franked mail ever produced) is keeping thousands of New Yorkers in public housing and clothing, and calling it job creation. I for one, would like to see the Upstate population grow, but busing people here in chains and orange jumpsuits is not growth and it’s not viable economic development.

    Dale, we are not Siberia, and deserve better than to be treated as such by you.

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