See Jane. See Jane Speak.

21 Mar

Back when the sartorially challenged Chris Lee ran for his first term in office in 2008, he seldom spoke on his own behalf. Oh, he’d give prepared speeches, and he’d appear on the occasional talk show, but almost every public pronouncement was handled by Nick Langworthy, who has since become the ECGOP chair.  When dared to approach the candidate with a communard “question”, Langworthy ran interference.


A similar pattern is developing with Jane Corwin. The candidate has seldom spoken for herself, running almost all commentary through Langworthy or her own spokesperson, Matt Harakal. Like Lee, Corwin figures all she has to do to win is (1) throw money at the race; (2) deliver right wing talking points; (3) ignore her own Wall Street past and frame herself as a “small businesswoman”; (4) invoke the name of Nancy Pelosi when describing Kathy Hochul.

Let’s see how often Corwin speaks to the cameras on her own behalf in a non-scripted way. Then again, the conservative district would likely re-elect Chris Lee given the chance, because he has an (R) at the end of his name.

8 Responses to “See Jane. See Jane Speak.”

  1. wolfpack March 21, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    Lee was inaccessible
    He did not answer any of my e-mails and they were softballs. He then held one of his famous town hall meetings OVER THE PHONE. I had a question and topic for him, but after 45 minutes time ran out. No one got back to me and the questions were right from his platform. We can probably expect the same from Mrs Corwin if she should win.

  2. Mike In WNY March 21, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    The (R) after one’s name is only significant if you talk about the same phenomena happening elsewhere with people having a (D) at the end of their name. It is emblematic of the dumbing down of the electorate. One-sidedly only criticizing the (R) makes one guilty of perpetuating the hoax of choice upon the electorate.

  3. Mr. F.N. Magoo March 21, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    I went to Lee’s office with over a dozen of his constituents and when one of our young volunteers wanted to record the meeting, Lee’s chief of staff said it wasn’t allowed. His reason was that Lee considered conversations between his office and constituents confidential. Even after everyone of the people present eagerly volunteered to be recorded, Lee’s office insisted no recording be made of the meeting. It may have had something to do with the fact that there was likely to be criticism of Lee or his positions on the issues.
    The Goopers realize that they are fronting for people with little experience in being challenged or argued with and do all they can to shield them from having to come up with an on-the-spot, cogent response to anything they haven’t been thoroughly coached on. They have the example of how Jack Davis’ ignores his handlers advice and aren’t likely to let their candidate off the chain.

  4. jerry March 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    On another note, have you heard from Chris Collins lately? We have all heard from his spokesman Under Deputy Chief Chris Grant or Grant Loomis or U.S. Grant….seems like a good GOP tactic to keep your candidate away from cameras and microphones…probably just a coincidence….oh wait who is running the Corwin campaign…oh right non political Chris Collins go to spokesperson in charge….

  5. RaChaCha March 21, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    Mark Poloncarz said he couldn’t get a press release on the Erie County website today, as the ONE person who oversees the entire county’s web presence was out of the office. I’d love to know if that person was off working on the Corwin campaign.

    As for Lee, I talked with him for about a mile on the Flight 3407 walk, and found him engaging and personable. Given what others are saying here, maybe I talked with him longer than any other unmonied D ever did. Wow!

  6. Hapklein March 21, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    Does anyone know what Corwin actually did in business? I see her paraded at Greatbatch and supposedly consulting with people at a desk I know her family business is actually in Hamilton Ontario but I have never seen a single title or accomplishment by she herself.
    Maybe that is the modern Republican Mantra,  the uninvolved re-elected in safe districts then passing on to the Republican Nirvana: Lobbyhood forever! They can join Saint Paxon and Saint Reynolds in Paradise.
    In the meantime we get the symbolic legislation of the past three months.

  7. Allen Miller March 21, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    We had the same problem with Dan Maffei in the 25th. We figured out how to get rid of him even though he thought he ad a 12point lead the day before the election. Lee and Corwin probably read your blog. They know you are not serious except for asking embarrasing gotcha questions. I bet if the idiots at monroe rising went to a Kathy Hochul event they would get the same results.

  8. Buffalo Rude March 22, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    How much would you want to talk to your constituents when your policy agenda/platform actively fucks them over?

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