NY-26 Called for May 24th (UPDATED)

10 Mar

Thanks, Chris Lee, for making 2011 interesting

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo called the special election to replace the disgraced shirtless online tranny hunter, Chris Lee. It’s been admittedly funny watching the regional Republicans, who slammed Jane Corwin through an abbreviated process, cajole and criticize (1) Cuomo for waiting to call the election until he had a bill passed to help absentee and military voters ensure that their votes are counted; (2) Democrats for not having rammed their own candidate through their own abbreviated process even though no election had been called; and (3) Nancy Pelosi, because she was once the Speaker of the House, and because she’s a woman with a funny-sounding ethnic name ending in a vowel that gets WASPy Republicans reflexively angry.

Over the past couple of weeks I had heard very loud rumors building – from Republican sources – that Jane Corwin had what’s been called a “nanny problem” involving an undocumented immigrant for whom taxes were not paid. A mulleted radio host devoted a show to the topic, albeit blindly, last week, and your humble blogger pulled out all the stops to try and get details about the allegations. It’s one of those issues where everyone knows there’s a problem, but there’s no real way to verify it. So I didn’t run it, because Corwin’s campaign didn’t deign to give some leftist blogger a denial. But if you look at the Corwin campaign’s excruciatingly, painfully careful language in the denial that it ultimately issued early this week, it’s quite clear that there is a “there there”, but that the matter has been successfully buried, and the press release is drawn up in such a way that (1) no one will ever know the truth; and (2) if someone, somehow, manages to track down a Honduran housekeeper who once worked for Mrs. Jane, the campaign can point to its denial and claim it didn’t lie.  Let’s parse.

Jane and (her husband, Philip M. Corwin) do not currently employ a live-in nanny, have never employed a live-in nanny and have never employed anyone in the country illegally.

No one said it was “currently”, no one said it was “live-in” and no one said it was a “nanny”.  It is quite possible with this language that they once employed a non-live-in housekeeper.  “Employed” is a technical term; it is quite possible with this language that they retained the services of an independent contractor who was an undocumented immigrant.

They have always conducted their business with the utmost integrity and have always followed both the intent and the letter of the law.

Ah, yes, but the family “business” was the Talking Phone Book. The paragraph above in no way addresses the Corwins’ management of household help.

It was also revealed that Chris Collins appointee Chris Grant – who once upon a time did occasional guest-blogging stints for this very blog right here – took an unpaid leave to go work for the Corwin campaign. As I described in Chris Charvella’s comments section here, earlier this week Chris Grant engaged me on Twitter about an effort led by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for New York to accept federal money for high speed rail that Florida has rejected. Grant replied that federal local reps should have competed for that money in the first place. I agreed, citing the fact that Mr. Christopher Lee probably could have worked harder for it too, were it not for his Craigslist preoccupation.

He then accused me of blaming the Republicans for everything, to which I responded – earnestly – that I thought Republicans were against EVERY PORTION of Obama’s StimuSocialismKenya plan, and that I was somewhat surprised (pleasantly) to see him advocate in favor of high speed rail funding for New York.

Grant’s Tweets on the subject then mysteriously disappeared. Would that I had taken a screencap. Because I think it’s significant for a candidate when her campaign manager is busy on Twitter arguing in favor of Obama’s stimulus plan and its application for high speed rail throughout New York State.

Finally, the Democrats outlined their process for the NY-26 selection process, which will take place via phone interview on March 12th and in-person interviews in Geneseo on March 19th. From their press release,

Our process is moving forward and has been open and inclusive. We are incredibly excited and energized, and are confident we will have the strongest possible candidate to serve the people of the 26th District.”

The following candidates each submitted a resume and cover letter by our March 3 submission deadline:

Jane Bauch-Orleans County, Kathy Hochul-Erie County, Mark Manna-Erie County, Martin Minemier-Monroe County, Satish Mohan-Erie County, Robert Stall-Erie County, Diana Voit-Erie County

Let me say that I am particularly intrigued and interested in Mark Manna, who is a young, smart Amherst legislator who I think would be a great Congressman from the 26th District.

8 Responses to “NY-26 Called for May 24th (UPDATED)”

  1. Leo Wilson March 10, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    Thanks to Governor Cuomo for calling an election. This is much more honorable than his predecessor, whose inaction left me and my neighbors in the 29th district without representation for over a year.

  2. Mike In WNY March 10, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    So, which one is it? You didn’t run the Corwin-nanny story because you have no proof or “everyone knows there’s a problem, but there’s no real way to verify it”? At least take a position and stick with it instead of trying to appear principled, yet saying what you “wouldn’t” say.

    Regarding the high speed rail, I would never vote for any politician who advocates for an endless money-sucking venture that will saddle taxpayers with more debt indefinitely. As far as Grant is concerned, he’s running a campaign, not running for office. His position doesn’t matter, Corwin’s does. I equate Grant’s role with that of an attorney, he doesn’t have to like or agree with a client, he just has to do the best just possible to advance the client’s interests.

    • Alan Bedenko March 10, 2011 at 9:18 am #

      So, which one is it? You didn’t run the Corwin-nanny story because you have no proof or “everyone knows there’s a problem, but there’s no real way to verify it”? At least take a position and stick with it instead of trying to appear principled, yet saying what you “wouldn’t” say.

      I’m glad you asked. I still wouldn’t mention it, but for the fact that it MADE THE FUCKING PAPER. Hope that helps.

      As far as Grant’s role, he _is_ the campaign. He is Corwin’s surrogate. He took a position on Twitter in an effort to embarrass Slaughter & Higgins, and also to engage me in an argument. He quite clearly didn’t THINK about what he was arguing ABOUT, which is why he embarrassed himself and his candidate so much that they scrubbed any evidence of what he wrote.

  3. Chris Charvella March 10, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    Grant’s position on high speed rail mattered enough for him to erase all evidence of it. I’ll state for the record here that I hope to God the Republicans run a disjointed, uncoordinated, clownshoes campaign. They’re off to a good start.

  4. Mr. F.N. Magoo March 10, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    “But Jack Davis, who ran for the post three times as a Democrat and says he will launch an independent run, posed the question Monday through spokesman David J. DiPietro. “If she’s using a letter from her accountant, that’s like getting a note from your mommy,” he said. “If this is not an issue, let’s see the documentation.”

    God, nothing spices up the race in the 26th like a whole cave of batshit crazy!!!!

    Now, if only we get David “Bloody Candy Bars” Bellavia to throw his tinfoil hat into the ring, we got a Batshit Grand Royale goin’ on!!!!

  5. peteherr March 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    Is Dave DiPietro seriously working on Jack’s Campaign?

  6. Ward March 10, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    Looks like, if Hochul decides she’d rather live to fight another day, you’ll have Dr. Satish Mohan carrying the banner for you. Time for Pundit to polish up his flawless sub-continent accent for WECK.


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