Corwin and the ECGOP: Desperate, Scared, Violent (UPDATE: TRACKER IS CORWIN CHIEF OF STAFF)

12 May

****UPDATE:  REPUBLICAN FONZIE IS JANE CORWIN’S ASSEMBLY CHIEF OF STAFF MICHAEL L. MALLIA. WE PAY HIS SALARY ($1,419 biweekly).*** Another punk Republican kid suckling at the teat of mother Government.

Davis Bails on Channel 2

I understand why Jack Davis is backing out of the farcical Channel 2 non-debate.

First of all, who holds a political debate at 9 in the morning? Who’s watching a political debate at 9 in the morning? No one. At 9 in the morning, most people are at work. Ah, but Channel 2 will be rebroadcasting it at 12 noon, as well! It will even be simulcast on WECK 1230-AM at that time. Well, that’s also not really a very convenient time for people to watch or listen to a political debate, because people are at work. Some might opt to watch online at their desks during their lunch hour, but it’s supposed to be another gloriously sunny 70 degree day.

Under normal circumstances, a normal television station would do what serious television stations usually do and air the debate during prime time, when people are home, and when most people are done with dinner.

I checked, and apparently Channel 2 doesn’t want to pre-empt an all-new Community, and an Office repeat with a local congressional debate.

So, take it with a boulder of salt when Channel 2 disinvites Ian Murphy from participating because he wrote satire in the satirical paper for which he works – satire that poked fun at Channel 2 anchor Scott Levin. They didn’t disinvite Murphy because he’s not a serious candidate, but because they were butthurt. I don’t think “butthurt” is a good reason to exclude a legitimate political candidate, no matter how silly he may be in his satirical paper.

Channel 2 isn’t holding a serious debate because no one’s going to watch it. They’ll play some sound bites during their newscasts, and that’s about all that most voters will glean from this thing. You’ll have to seek out the video on their barely navigable website to watch the whole thing in dribs and drabs. Fail.

Baiting Davis

It’s also become quite evident that there is nothing scarier and more serious to the Erie County GOP than the fact that Jack Davis is polling in the mid-20s. They’re quite palpably freaking out over this, and they’re pulling out all the stops to destroy Davis, practically ignoring Kathy Hochul in the process. Yesterday I linked to the Karl Rove-backed video that you’ll soon be very sick of. Corwin’s campaign, led by supposed Buffalo Republican wunderkinds Nick Langworthy and Chris Grant, is panicking because this should have been a cakewalk like Lee vs. Kryzan in 2008 and Lee vs. nobody in 2010.

Davis doesn’t perform well in debates and he isn’t warm and fuzzy. The more he’s seen by voters, the less they like him. I’ve seen him debate in person on several occasions, and he’s just lousy at it. So, it’s no surprise that he pulled out of Channel 2’s “debate” today. The GOP lashed him over it, saying he can’t “be trusted” or some such nonsense.

Then yesterday evening, at David Bellavia’s event to endorse Jack Davis (and, in turn, begin his epic life’s work to motherf*ck Nick Langworthy and Chris Grant), the GOP sent someone to harass him (it worked well with the Mike Madigan video a few weeks ago).


This is edited down to high heaven and you can’t figure out what’s happening, why it happened, or who’s harassing Jack. I don’t see Jack hitting anyone in this video, but someone off-screen shoves the cameraman who dramatically grunts for effect. A lot of shaky camerawork and bad acting. I’d like to see this within context, unedited. The Davis campaign should hire someone to track its trackers.

David Bellavia tweeted:

The tweet has since been removed changed (UPDATE).


And a similar sentiment was posted to his Facebook page:

The Corwin campaign is desperate because its candidate came out in favor of obliterating Medicare, has a thin resume, is lying about her resume, is something of an empty container spouting GOP talking points, and is otherwise not thought of either negatively or positively in the region. By contrast, people either love or hate Davis, and most people think Hochul is the bee’s knees.

The Corwin campaign is desperate because its cakewalk is now riddled with roadblocks. She hasn’t been winning hearts and minds with her alleged ideas or positions, so she has to send out goons to harass cranky older candidates. She has to send out goons to threaten David Bellavia, and accuse him of wrongdoing. She has to send out goons to ruin David Bellavia’s life because he has the nerve to fight back.

What we’re witnessing from the party of Tom Reynolds, Chris Lee, Chris Collins, and Carl Paladino is thuggery that would seem right at home in Central American, Taiwanese, or Eastern European politics. Threats, goons, intimidation, and ruination of lives shouldn’t be part and parcel of political campaigns for a podunk congressional race in a podunk part of a podunk region.

Shame on the Erie County Republican Party, and shame on anyone who doesn’t condemn this disgraceful, dictatorial, violent thuggery. It failed in making Davis look bad. It made a desperate Corwin campaign and a scared ECGOP outfit (the one that’s supposed to cruise the detested Chris Collins to re-election) look bad, instead.

48 Responses to “Corwin and the ECGOP: Desperate, Scared, Violent (UPDATE: TRACKER IS CORWIN CHIEF OF STAFF)”

  1. Mike May 12, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    The GOP in its incompetence now manages to actually provide a video where Davis actually laughs and appears to have (some) sense of humor. Of course, he isn’t so foolish as to threaten to take out the person either.

  2. DJ May 12, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    I wish SOMETHING would pre-empt “Community”… that show is horrible.

  3. Buck Turgidson May 12, 2011 at 8:28 am #

    Same with “The Office”. That show is a shell of what it once was…give me Lydia introducing an episode of “Cheers” anyday!

  4. Rob May 12, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    Corwin/Langworthy/whoever thinks Republican voters would be less likely to vote for someone who shoved an obnoxious cameraman/stalker??

  5. al l May 12, 2011 at 8:42 am #

    Ah, American politics: De-contextualization of events, poor acting, and youtube with a touch of unsympathetic protagonist. Im guessing this actually ensures a Democratic victory. Afterall, who wants to vote for campaigns using cheap political stunts or the people who fall for them?

    @DJ – Really? I like Community.

  6. Ward May 12, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    (Much) shorter Pundit: Davis imploded, but I gotta turn this against Corwin somehow and keep Jack alive.

    • Christopher Smith May 12, 2011 at 11:05 am #

      @Ward, Yeah, we’ve really been taking it easy on Jack in this election. Starting with our unveiling of his male prostitute petition coordinator and continuing with 14 posts from Alan about what a horrible human being Davis is. Try again, old man.

  7. Mr. F.N. Magoo May 12, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    Shorter Ward:Swing and a miss.

  8. MJC May 12, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    Only the blindest GOP partisan could possibly watch this video and not draw the conclusion that Davis being set up. The cameraman is carrying on like this frail old man shoved a knife in his gut.

    These kind of tactics could actually backfire on Corwin. She either needs to stick to her stronger issues or hire better actors.

  9. Howard Owens May 12, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    The tweet is still up.

  10. Thomas May 12, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    Why won’t the Corwin campaign release all the tape? Shouldn’t the fine people of the 26th be protected from this geriatric assailant?

  11. Eric Saldanha May 12, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    Jack Davis: For Real. Asskicking

  12. Mike In WNY May 12, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    I don’t like bees. They forcibly take pollen from one flower and give it to others.

  13. Mr. F.N. Magoo May 12, 2011 at 9:49 am #

    After watching the WGRZ partial debate, Jane Corwin’s new bumper sticker should be “I agree with Kathy”. Pray for a cable outage at lunch time, Langworthy.

  14. Bbill May 12, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    Shorter Ward: Andrew Breitbart’s and James O’Keefe’s works should be taken at face value.

  15. Hank May 12, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    There is no REAL Republican party in Erie County.
    Considering that, why the need for Democrats to beat up on them every day. If they’re so insignificant and have no choice of defeating a Democrat Candidate, I would imagine they would be ignored.

    Just proves that all on the left browbeat, berate, mock and do whatever to anything they fear.

    Don’t get me wrong, the whole R group and the race for this seat is a joke. So are the Democrats. Is this all you have to do at this time? Drug dealers, hired killers and the like are streaming over the Southern borders every day. Perhaps you all should just group up and tell the President to build the moat, install the alligators, then see if it works by asking the stupid bastard to jump in and give it a shot.

  16. Pericles May 12, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    Man in white shirt is Jane Cowin’s Assembly Chief of Staff Mike Mallia, not a volunteer

  17. King Kong May 12, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    This is allowing Hochul to rise above the fray and position herself as the only serious candidate. She neither hates mexicans nor has she claimed that she started creating jobs while in elementary school.

    This civil war on the right has them imploding. Can you say Congresswoman Hochul?

  18. Mr. F.N. Magoo May 12, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    Shorter Hank:Stop picking on us already.

  19. Mr. F.N. Magoo May 12, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    The Jeopardy answer is: “She finished 3rd in the 26th District special election.”

    “Alex, who is Jane Corwin?”

  20. Bbill May 12, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    There is no REAL Republican party in Erie County.

    Well they hired Karl Rove, who helped damage our country for generations with his influence in the neocon Iraq debacle, and now his “Crossroads” group is hard at work trying to wipe out the middle class. Can’t get much more REAL Republican than that!

  21. mark May 12, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    ha ha ha, what a riot the “outrage” is. has someone slashed volunteer “get out the vote” van tires? transported severally disabled people to a voting place and “helped them vote?” forged signatures on ballots? brought the dead back to life to vote? stood outside a voting place with a stick and threatened voters? Those things happened in the last few years, not the deep south of the 60’s and guess who committed those acts?

  22. Ward May 12, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    @Chris — bucking for a nomination to the ProPublica Journalism Advisory Board.

  23. Mr. F.N. Magoo May 12, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    @mark: “guess who committed those acts?” Why not just say who? And detail the charges, could ya? You didn’t give much to google.

  24. blossom May 12, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    This is the kind of crap that made me change from Republican to Conservative. Who wants to be associated with these people?

  25. mark May 12, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    mr magoo, you’ve inadvertently made my point. each of the described acts was orchestrated by mobs of democrats around the country, the victims being republicans. but since no one heard of these criminal acts it makes me wonder how newsworthy events like i’ve described aren’t disseminated or commented on. really, a nut job like davis needs little prodding to react as he did. imagine if somebody were to confront that contrrol freak chris collins? so the reactionary anguish and verbiage in the second to last paragraph is a little over the top in my opinion. tire slashing was done in milwaukee and columbus in different yrs which makes me think it was somehow an organized strategy. do the black panthers poll watchers sound familiar? how about a chicago election where dead voters somehow voted? minnesota senator al franken and his forged absentee ballots? not sending military ballots overseas in time for elections, in clear violation of election laws (the fine will be paid by taxpayers, not the thugs who denied votes to soldiers because “they usually vote republican.” the disabled group home workers taking incapacitated persons to vote in minnesota. on and on we could go. my brother moved from south buffalo years ago. you cannot change residency prior to an election so he needed to go back to south buffalo to vote. imagine his surprise to see that someone had forged his signature and apparently voted as him. complaints to the boe went nowhere.

  26. Mr. F.N. Magoo May 12, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    @mark:Sorry. If you’d like to maybe post a link or two, I’ll read but if you’re going to just run down Fox talking points, I’m not in a buying mood. Tire slashing being done in different years constitutes proof it was organized? Or done by progressives? Might you be willing to give any support to your “orchestrated by mobs of democrats” claim?
    I didn’t make your point, mark. Your second post made mine.

  27. Warrey May 12, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    Corwin has lost all her credibility by sending her taxpayer paid chief of staff to harass Jack Davis. Corwin and Langworthy have both crossed over the line. Corwin already has surpassed anything Chris Lee ever did. Mallia was sent to goad an old man and cause an altercation. No matter how crazy Davis is, this behavior by Corwin and her staff is unacceptable. These are big stake politics with all the money spoils connected to it. Langworthy has taken his party to a new low and should resign. Corwin should be very proud of herself. If she wins, she already starts with the image of a thug. Good luck to the people of the 26th and hopefully they see through this woman with the phony resume and the phony smile.

  28. Dave May 12, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

    I believe that his name is Matt Harkal and he is Corwins Chief of Staff! And Corwin said today that she didnt see this video! What a joke!!! Jane should fire all of her people if she would have ignored her opponent and ran a positive campaign this race would be over. Now firm republicans will have to decide between Davis & Hochul. I cant believe anyone will vote for Corwin after this mess!

  29. mark May 12, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

    dont watch fox news. my goodness isn’t that tired line worn out yet? if you’re too lazy to do some simple research dont get snippy with me. if you’re interested, try NPR online which is simple and easy to read. don’t facts just suck sometimes? what exactly is progressive about slashing tires anyway? have a good day

  30. Carl May 12, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    Mark seems bound and determined to bring horsehockey to the debate.

    Sorry, but we’re not buying it.

  31. estabon May 12, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    this may be a time for the use of the word douchbaggery, however I don’t think I would waste it on the fonze.

  32. mark May 12, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    do your own research & you may be enlightened. the only thing im selling is truth no obligation to buy but ignorance is bliss

  33. Jackson Smiles May 12, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

    Kathy Hochul’s new slogan: At least I’m not Davis or Corwin.

  34. probuff May 13, 2011 at 12:43 am #

    i went to high school with mallia.  he was a wrestler.  you’d think he could take a nudge from an old man!

  35. Lojasmo May 13, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    As an involved Minnesota voter, who followed the recount closely, I can say for certain that Mark is full of shit on the Franken election.  The largely republican stat supreme court panel agrees with me.

  36. Mr. F.N. Magoo May 13, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

    @Lojasmo: You could’ve put the period after ‘shit’.

  37. Rob May 13, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    That LTE is priceless. “Alan Bedenko . . . has long considered me some kind of enemy to tear down – for what reason I do not yet know or understand.” Yeah why would any center-left (or more broadly, non-psychotic) person consider Coniglio an enemy? It’s a mystery.

  38. NYvoter May 16, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    My only question is this.. who will win from this game… the Democrat… and then what happens to the people in the District? They get another Nancy Pelosi Clone to take control. Foolish.

    Let the people vote on the candidate and then do what you feel is necessary to do.

  39. Kevin J. May 16, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

    A Nancy Pelosi clone? Really? Put down the GOP talking points, NYvoter.


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