Leftovers (UPDATED)

28 Oct

When Carl Paladino’s racist emails first came to light, Paladino felt he had to establish the fact that he got along just fine with black people.  He got ultraconservative millionaire Thurman Thomas to record a spot for him, and touted how much he had done for “inner city kids”.  In the Buffalo News, Jim Heaney takes that balloon, pops it, stomps it, and grinds it into the ground under his boot. It’s about as thorough and indisputable as it gets.

A debate was held last night for the three candidates in the 144th Assembly race.  Democrat Sam Hoyt, Republican Brian Biggie, and Conservative Joe Golombek squared off.  Hoyt took a lot of heat for being a long-termer in a dysfunctional Assembly who has a working relationship with the hateful, execrable, despicable Sheldon Silver.  But the best line of the night went to Hoyt who, after Golombek argued that Hoyt was Silver’s puppet, quipped that, “There is no bigger puppet in Buffalo than Joe Golombek, what Byron Brown wants Joe Golombek does.” Golombek refused to answer a question about abortion rights, and while Hoyt and Biggie support marriage equality, Golombek does not.

UPDATE:  Joe Golombek writes with this clarification/correction:

I specifically said that I support the law of NYS in regards to abortion. Then I said that it was a non-issue because of the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade. That is when I told Mr. Hoyt that it should not be a political issue and that he uses it as one to get supporters emotionally charged up.

Golombek went on to allege that every single audience question (except for one) came from people in some way associated with the Hoyt campaign.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Buffalo yesterday to announce a new GI Bill.  noting that one in five returning post-9/11 veterans are out of work, this bill would provide returning vets up to $20,000 per year to attend a private college, and free tuition at any state college or university.  The announcement was made at Daemen College alongside local veterans.

The “Take Back New York” bus that the state GOP is trundling around the state stopped off in Buffalo yesterday.


Here are some pictures:

Not a great message

The Republicans in Buffalo


Maybe Paladino's duck isn't such a great idea if I can frame pictures like this

I've never seen this man before. He seemed nice.

9 Responses to “Leftovers (UPDATED)”

  1. Mike In WNY October 28, 2010 at 10:18 am #

    Someday you might realize the you are a victim of getting what you wish for. Then again, maybe you won’t. The people of our country, and state, will leave a legacy of destruction because they have allowed democracy to subvert freedom by letting themselves be duped into believing in government solutions. A candidate’s jokes, contributions, etc., are meaningless. Restoring the proper role of government puts a check on any politically incorrect behavior and sets the stage for a thriving economy. We have become victims of fascism by democracy.

    • Alan Bedenko October 28, 2010 at 10:38 am #

      There is no such thing as “fascism by democracy”. The terms are mutually exclusive.

  2. Rob October 28, 2010 at 10:45 am #

    Of course the Freeners don’t believe in democracy. No one likes them.

  3. mike October 28, 2010 at 11:06 am #

    Is Thurman Thomas’s middle name uncle?

  4. AL October 28, 2010 at 11:42 am #

    Hey Pundit – did Joe offer any clarification about why he has accepted so much Paladino cash?

  5. Jenn October 28, 2010 at 12:16 pm #

    Golombek’s response to the question about choice is ridiculous. He claimed that Roe v. Wade established the law, but other states have clearly been chipping away at abortion rights bit by bit for years. The fact is that there are currently NINE bills in the State Assembly that deal with abortion (http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?by=k&qs=abortion), and by refusing to answer the question, he is skirting an issue that is important to a lot of people, emotional as it might be.

  6. RaChaCha October 28, 2010 at 2:52 pm #

    Another big revelation in the 144th Assembly District debate was when Brian Biggie came out strongly pro-fracking. And in no uncertain terms — even saying what a great thing it’s been for Pennsylvania!

    Biggie also said at the debate that he was recently married, and wants to have a “big” family (no, I’m not making that up). So let’s let him get busy with that instead of sending him to Albany to represent us — he’ll be much happier, and so will we. (But those southern tier folks won’t get to impress their visitors with flaming tap water tricks).

    Big (anti) Frackin’ Rally Today at 4PM! http://www.buffalorising.com/2010/10/no-fracking-way.html

  7. Mike In WNY October 28, 2010 at 3:28 pm #

    There is no such thing as “fascism by democracy”. The terms are mutually exclusive.

    Tyranny of the majority is a widely acknowledged phenomena discussed by Plato, Aristotle, Madison and Tocqueville. We have evolved to that state due to the growth of federal power at the expense of states’ rights. The checks and balances built in the Constitution to prevent such abuse have been legislated and adjudicated away.

  8. jhorn October 30, 2010 at 1:08 am #

    fascism- a philosophy or system of gov’t. that advocates or exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with an ideology of belligerent nationalism. (from the american heritage [now there’s irony] dictionary). sounds apt, maybe we need to examine this democracy claim.

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