Rejecting the Range Rover Republicans

16 May

Kathy Hochul for Congress:
Vote Against Right-Wing Social Engineering

I am going to be voting for Kathy Hochul.  It’s not that I don’t like Ian Murphy, or even that I disagree with him. I like him and respect him for what he’s doing, jokes and all. But I’ll be voting for Kathy Hochul because right now she’s the center-left candidate who has been working very hard for a very long time indeed on behalf of western New York’s dwindling working class and struggling middle class.  Hochul is a thoughtful, hard-working civil servant who is a reasonably conservative Democrat; i.e., she and her positions reflect those of the reasonably centrist people in this district.

When a Republican tells you a Democrat is engaging in “class warfare”, thank him. It means you’re sticking up for the less powerful, the less influential in our society, and that you’re somewhat sick of benefits and welfare going to those who are already rich.

Chris Lee and Tom Reynolds were basically placeholder Republibots. Reynolds came from a background where he had to work for a living, so his main function in congress was to grow his own political clout and power, which has since enabled him to go to work as a lobbyist. He was always more interested in the Beltway game than western New York, except when Jack Davis’ campaign spooked him in 2006 (along with the Foley scandal), and Reynolds brought home some FEMA money to shut us up. Chris Lee, on the other hand, didn’t have to work for a living, and was a wealthy, privileged millionheir. He went to congress because it’s the next best thing to a knighthood for the superwealthy in this country; it would look good in the family tree. He occasionally did the right thing with shared border management and Flight 3407, but he was a millionaire looking out for the interests of millionaires everywhere.

I think it’s time we had a representative from NY-26 who served the interests of a middle-class, aging, rural/suburban district.  I think it’s time we had a representative who believes in good government, rather than spouting facile platitudes about “smaller government”.  I think it’s time we had a congressperson who wasn’t spouting some Randian pablum about growing business through the tax code; i.e., further lowering millionaires’ income tax rates to better grow the ranks of household help throughout America.  I think that it’s time we didn’t elect a political empty vessel with no credentials, no accomplishments, negligible experience, and whose first campaign act in this congressional race was to demonize gay people.  Also, Corwin is just a repeat liar. Her campaign has been relentlessly, viciously, and falsely negative almost in its entirety.  She has no serious positions and is no more or less of a joke candidate than Murphy himself.

Of the three millionaires in the race for NY-26, Hochul is the least millionary. She’s been running a serious campaign on serious issues, and she’s been looking out for us as clerk, doing a fantastic job there. The series of videos the Buffalo News posted, showing the three non-Murphy candidates’ meetings with its editorial board show a stark contrast between the candidates. Hochul’s positions are thoughtful and polished. Davis is like some Gilbert & Sullivan character at war with China. Corwin has, at best, a very superficial grasp of the substance of her “positions”, and the procedure in which to implement them

Jack Davis is unacceptable to me not because he calls for an end to free trade (I would support a candidate who demanded reciprocal rights and responsibilities under trade treaties); Jack Davis is unacceptable because he’s a xenophobe. He is anti-immigration and anti-immigrant. He thinks he’s entitled to go to Congress because he’s paying through the nose for it.

Jane Corwin isn’t some principled conservative thought leader; she’s an extreme right-wing sycophant who came out in favor of ending Medicare and privatizing it into a voucher program.  More incredibly, she doesn’t seem to understand that the bill she supports would do these things. Even more amazingly, she seems to misunderstand that the Ryan budget bill wasn’t just some abstract proposal subject to tweaking, but a bill that the Republicans in the House of Representatives voted for to become law – and that she would have done the same. Medicare may need some shoring up, but to get rid of it would be devastating; let’s don’t forget that, at the time of Medicare’s passage, about a third of seniors lived in abject poverty.

If you’re poor or middle-class, health care costs in old age are a very real concern. When you’re a million-heir, they’re not.

Corwin isn’t just someone who was born into success and money, but she is just a Collins parrot, regurgitating his “government like a business” idiocies. Right out of the Erie County GOP central casting, she’s a exurban Range Rover driver who lives a life of leisure (i.e., wealthy unemployed) and has no concept of what regular people throughout the 26th district worry about.

Hochul can work bipartisanly, and is a relatively centrist Democrat whose positions reasonably reflect that of reasonable people. We can fix problems without engaging in what even Newt Gingrich refers to as “right wing social engineering“.

On top of all of that, Hochul has helped remake the clerk’s office so that renewing your license and closing on a house aren’t daylong excursions into a world that resembles Soviet Russia. She is responsive and competent – a higher compliment can hardly be paid to an elected official in western New York.

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The Mallia Fail

Jane Corwin’s Assembly Chief of Staff, state employee Michael L. Mallia, has apparently disappeared to Florida, which is where the Erie County Republican Party disappears people who may embarrass it. (See Lee, Chris).  Corwin at first denied having seen the video, then refused to utter a critical word against her minion, since he was supposedly off the state’s clock. But what it underscores is the fact that Corwin has no knowledge what her campaign staff is up to, what her Assembly staff is up to, and instead of taking responsibility for her staffers’ misdeeds, she deflects. The buck stops…elsewhere.

“He wasn’t acting as my employee. He wasn’t acting on behalf of the Assembly or myself. He was a volunteer. This was on his own time,” she told the publication. “As his employer, I don’t think I should be telling him what he should and should not be doing with his free time.”

But as the candidate for whose campaign he works, he was representing you when traveling all the way out to Greece – well outside of your Assembly District – to harass and cajole Jack Davis; to call crazy Jack Davis a “coward” to goad him into reacting dramatically. It backfired. Your Assembly chief of staff comes across like a whiny asshole, as does your whole campaign.

Corwin refused to demand that the Erie County GOP release both full videotapes – both Mallia‘s, and the tape from the camcorder being held by a female seen behind Mallia in the Channel 2 video. Erie County Republican Party chairman Nick Langworthy also refused to release the full video, making two simply astonishing statements in the process.

Langworthy told the Buffalo News:

I think the footage speaks for itself.

Yes, but not in the way he thinks.

What it shows is that some young punk Mallia – more Horshack than Fonzie – whined dramatically when Davis swatted his camera away as he was blocking Davis’ way to his car.

Then Langworthy said that the female’s video wouldn’t be released because,

Langworthy said the battery in the camera was dead.

Camcorder viewfinders are little video screens. They’re not optical. The girl in the video is clearly recording something and looking in the viewfinder. This is a lie.

Also, Langworthy invoked the little known reverse-Godwin-law, or “Niwdog’s Law”, likening Michael L. Mallia and the Corwin campaign to accused World War II Nazi war criminals.

Questioning whether Davis has the temperament to serve in Congress, Langworthy added: “Why are we putting Mike Mallia and this campaign through Nuremberg over the fact that one candidate lashed out, lost his cool and misbehaved?”

Seriously, you couldn’t dream up a more ineffective and insincere campaign than Corwin’s. She might be self-funded, but that’s all she is.

I want to see Mallia‘s video in its entirety.  I want to see the video – in its entirety – that was recorded by the woman behind Mallia, shown above. To suggest that her battery ran out assumes we’re all idiots.

Let’s Talk Tea Parties

There’s a lot of misinformation on Twitter and elsewhere regarding whether Jack Davis is a true Tea Party candidate. Make no mistake about two things: 1. Anyone who pays tens of thousands of dollars to Jim Ostrowski and David DiPietro to help run a campaign is a bona fide tea partier; and 2. I love that Davis is in this race because he helps Hochul.

When the tea parties sprang up in 2009, they went out of their way to portray themselves as non-racialist, non-partisan grassroots groupings of people who opposed health care reform and other Obama initiatives. As time has gone on, however, that grass has turned Astroturfy, and mainstream Republican committees have gone out of their way to try and consume the tea party movements and run them under the party umbrella.  That happened here in western New York during the Paladino campaign, during the campaign to replace Dale Volker, and is happening now in NY-26.

While the mainstream Republican/Palinist wing of the Republican Party backed Corwin as the establishment Republican who made mouth-noises that vaguely resembled what they wanted to hear, the libertarian wing of the local tea party endorsed Jack Davis. I think they’re all wrong, but to suggest that Davis isn’t a bona fide “tea party” candidate is factually inaccurate. No one owns the copyright on that term. Corwin partisans would do well to tell the truth and simply state that Davis’ wing of the tea party hasn’t yet been subsumed by the ECGOP. At least that would be honest.

Bellavia Resurfaces : Hell Hath No Fury…

Remember David Bellavia? The combat veteran of the Iraq War quite vocally endorsed Jack Davis at the very event that ended with Michael L. Mallia’s overdramatic, girlish antics. Bellavia is a conservative Republican with whom I disagree about … well, about everything. But I don’t doubt that Bellavia is sincere, and that he’s honorable. These are rare traits in politics, and political hacks don’t know what to make of it, or him.

Bellavia is the guy Paladino and Collins tried to convince to leave the race, and pave the way for Corwin. Bellavia couldn’t be convinced to leave the race, so the establishment Republicans instead threatened him. They assailed him by threatening to ruin his reputation, his credit, his job, his life. After having all but promised Bellavia the endorsement “next time” in exchange for his exit from the race and endorsement of Chris Lee in 2008, they turned their backs on him in favor of Range Rover Republican Jane Corwin.

Combat veteran Bellavia tried to make his way onto the ballot by soliciting the assistance of another guy who got royally screwed by the western New York Republican Party bosses and elites, combat veteran Gary Berntsen. Bellavia is out for revenge against the Range Rover Republicans and their accomplices in the party hierarchies – the middle-class guys who love being so close to money.  To guys like Bellavia, principles and honor are worth more than all the money in Collins’, Lee’s, and Corwin’s bank accounts, combined.  He is supporting Jack Davis, and is actively recruiting tea partiers, Republican activists, and veterans to join him.

Strange Bedfellows

If you haven’t yet read this article, which appeared on Politicker NY on Friday, do. It’s a fun read. The joint mission is Corwin’s defeat, and Caputo has a keen sense of humor, strategy, and timing.


52 Responses to “Rejecting the Range Rover Republicans”

  1. Jimmy May 16, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    Langworthy comes from the Dick Cheney / Richard Nixon school of politics.
    He tried to assault me at a campaign event a few years back when I held up a protest sign.
    The guy is straight out of On The Waterfront.

  2. Patricia Castillo May 16, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    “On top of all of that, Hochul has helped remake the clerk’s office so that renewing your license and closing on a house aren’t daylong excursions into a world that resembles Soviet Russia. She is responsive and competent – a higher compliment can hardly be paid to an elected official in western New York.” That’s it? Hochul’s entire credentials are clerking skills! Why not tell the truth. Hochul will be a rubber stamp for the tax and spend ideology of the liberal Pelosi entitlement machine. And what will that do for us Alan? Shall we pander to illegal immigrants for future votes? Widen the affirmative action net to indenture minorities? Tax the perceived rich who may be doctors saddled with huge student loans and costly malpractice insurance? Just what do you see Hochul doing for the nation? Saving Medicare the way it is – Bankrupt? Will we ask our children and grandchildren to sacrifice bigger portions of their paychecks to continue funding this broken entitlement? What part of self reliance do you have an issue with? It’s time to wake up and see what is happening in America. People say they have had enough of Big Government! Well, if that’s true, Corwin is the answer to that call for economic sanity. We cannot continue down this road of economic suicide.

    • Alan Bedenko May 16, 2011 at 8:45 am #

      Freshman Congresspeople seldom do things “for the nation”; they do things for their constituents. That’s how I want a responsive, responsible congresswoman to act. When Chris Lee went to Congress and vehemently opposed health care reform, he did so ignoring the fact that thousands of his own constituents struggle with medical care costs on a daily basis. He offered no serious solutions.

      By bringing up illegal immigrants (a “problem” of population growth that we could only dream of in this shrinking region), and the “liberal Pelosi entitlement machine”, I see that you’re as unserious a repeater of Limbaughesque talking points as Jane Corwin.

      “Self-reliance” is something that led to 35% of America’s elderly living in poverty in 1964. I think “going backwards” isn’t a good recipe for moving our country forwards.

  3. Mr. F.N. Magoo May 16, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    Running the county clerk’s office requires just clerking skills?!?!
    Judging by this latest comment, WNYMedia’s influence is widening and becoming much feared by the local GOP insiders. Congrats, Alan, Marc, the Chrisses, et al.

  4. Bbill May 16, 2011 at 8:42 am #

    Shorter Comment #2: Here is a list of Frank Luntz / Fox News talking points.

  5. Fat Tony May 16, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    Jane Corwin has run a terrible campaign and I’m not overly impressed. However, I will be voting for her because I’m tired of Democrat platitudes about cutting the deficit but doing it the right way and never really telling me how they’re going to do it. This tax the rich B.S. that includes families earning $250K (which is the Obama plan) is indeed class warfare, crabs in a bucket pulling people back down who have managed to somewhat prosper, especially small business folks. I commend Hochul on a well-run campaign and apparently being a competent County Clerk. But secret fundraisers at Carloyn Maloney’s posh Manhattan place on Park Avenue tell me all I need to know about how you’ll vote in D.C. and I’m not supporting a limousine liberal. If Hochul does indeed win, enjoy the seat for a year until it’s redistrictecd out or full voter turnout in a general election returns the seat right of center ( a la Scott Murphy in Albany) which is the true spirit of the voters who live there.

    • Alan Bedenko May 16, 2011 at 9:14 am #

      Reverting back to the Clinton-era tax rates, when the economy grew like gangbusters and we saw a budget surplus emerge after years of Republican deficits, is hardly some sort of movement towards socialism, and even less “class warfare”.

      The Bush-era tax cuts (so far perpetuated by Obama) have done what, exactly? Led to a crippling stagnation/recession in our economy? Tax rates (real and effective) for the wealthiest Americans are at their lowest point in the history of income taxation. By Republican logic, we should be in the midst of a thousand-year never-ending economic boom. That hasn’t happened, so that’s why Jane Corwin is busy fundraising in DC with the groups who would abolish and privatize Social Security, who would abolish and privatize Medicare, and with reactionaries like John Boehner and Karl Rove.

      Sorry Hochul has to raise money. Not everyone sold out the family business, eliminating hundreds of local jobs in the process, so they could drive a Range Rover and be effectively unemployed, living off the interest on the millions they have in the bank.

  6. Rob May 16, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    “Shall we . . . widen the affirmative action net to indenture minorities? Tax the perceived (?) rich who may be (??) doctors saddled with huge student loans and costly malpractice insurance?

    Thanks, Patricia, that made my morning!

  7. Mike In WNY May 16, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    For once, there is an opportunity to elect an independent candidate, Jack Davis, who isn’t beholden to the Party Bosses. Most Republicans in NYS vary little from Democrats. Both major parties are fully responsible for the economic morass that engulfs our region. A vote for either Hochul or Corwin will continue the fail.

    The Republicans largest failure lies within their social agenda and views on how individuals conduct their lives. The Democrats have been practicing social engineering for decades, which has resulted in costly, ineffective programs causing much more harm than good. Both parties, of late, have embraced costly militaristic American Imperialism. The focus needs to return to the individual through freedom and self-responsibility. These fast changing times require the adaptability of liberty, not the slow, ineffective, and counterproductive hand of big government.

  8. RaChaCha May 16, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    One reason Tricky Nick won’t release the second video is that it likely bears a surprising resemblance to the pic in Chris Smith’s article this morning — except the kid in that one is doing a better acting job than Mallia.

    • Christopher Smith May 16, 2011 at 9:43 am #

      I really like “Tricky Nick”. I’ll be using that from now on!

  9. Patricia Castillo May 16, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    Alan, tell me how the population growth from illegal aliens will help Western NY? Will they just suck up the remaining low paying parttime jobs? The mass exodus from this region consists of family members who could not find decent paying jobs here and people who were just fed up with the taxes. NY is not a business friendly state.  The government is the fastest growing job sector. How long can we keep that up? The non government jobs that do remain do not pay well and few include medical. Illegal Aliens – Really? That’s your solution!

    • Alan Bedenko May 16, 2011 at 10:37 am #

      Alan, tell me how the population growth from illegal aliens will help Western NY? Will they just suck up the remaining low paying parttime jobs?

      Well, Patricia, they don’t come here because the menial shit jobs that illegal immigrants would usually take in a successful economic region are already taken up by our own home-grown underachievers. If we were fortunate enough to have a decent economy that could support an influx of illegal immigrants and see day laborers loitering outside of the Starbucks in wealthy areas, those immigrants would use their earnings to become active in the local economy, and (as my link proves) pay taxes to the feds and state.

      Not all illegal aliens meet your stereotype of lazy Mexican freeloaders.

  10. Bills Fan May 16, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    OMFG you are supporting Hochul? That is shocking and I only hope Chris Charvella is sitting down when he reads this as his defense of the Democratic shilling here was that BP was clearly undecided between Hochul and Murphy:

    In his defense, I’d bet BP’s politics and sensibilities line up with Murphy more than Hochul but, well, Hochul pays the bills so wtf right. 

    Also, imagine if Democrats had always hated millionaires as much as they do now. We’d never have known guys like FDR and JFK. Thank goodness this newfound obsession with demonizing anyone with money didn’t always plague our culture. 

  11. Mike In WNY May 16, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    Hi, I’m Kathy Hochul and I want your vote. I have made visiting the auto bureau a joyous occasion and enabled the government to more efficiently issue documents used to track your every move. I have also opposed very unpopular ideas from the Governor, ideas that didn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell to pass. My website, Hochul for Congress, tells you everything you need to know – jobs, jobs, jobs and my family used to live in a trailer. If you want specifics, you’ll just have vote for me and keep your fingers crossed. I’ve donated more than $16,000 to key Democrats over the past decade, that is how job security is obtained for professional politicians. I just want to thank you all for providing the money for those donations and I promise to continue doing everything I can to maintain the status quo.

  12. Bills Fan May 16, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    1. She pays for advertising on this site, right? 

    2. This is going to blow your partisan mind but I’d like to see significantly higher tax rates at higher income levels to move the tax code back in line with where it was in the 70’s (from my perspective, the FDR tax curve was a bit steep).  Also, your vitriol is focused on millionaires, not the tax code. That’s a strange – and unhealthy – thing so I have no idea why you think a response to your anti-millionaire madness would include a reference to past tax codes. 

    • Alan Bedenko May 16, 2011 at 10:57 am #

      1. And in what way does advertising on this site pay MY bills? That was your accusation. Back it up.

      2. My vitriol is focused on millionaires who (a) make up the power base in this country; (b) pay off politicians to lower their income tax rates; (c) convince gullible idiots that lowering their income tax rates will help grow jobs and the economy; (d) would like all the government handouts and welfare to go to them instead of the needy; and (e) make up the central tenet of Republican dogma about taxes and the discredited application of supply-side economics. I like millionaires just fine, just not the ones who would take away my rights and privileges as a non-millionaire-American to further enrich themselves.

      3. You’re so full of shit.

  13. Patricia Castillo May 16, 2011 at 11:06 am #

     You are absolutely wrong about the illegal immigration problem and how it impacts the educational and medical resources of communities. And your allegation of stereotypes? You are way out of line Alan! Most people would recognize that my surname is not Italian. Why not stick to the facts and stop the personal mud slinging.

    • Alan Bedenko May 16, 2011 at 11:09 am #

      I wrote “Mexican”, not “Latino”, to describe a stereotype that most tea partiers have about illegal immigrants. I have no idea where you or your name come from. But thanks for the input. When a tea party activist tells me how wrong I am, it merely reinforces for me how right I am.

  14. Patricia Castillo May 16, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    Do you ever take personal responsibility for your words Alan? My surname is Mexican. And I consider you to be a racist! 

    • Alan Bedenko May 16, 2011 at 11:22 am #

      “Mexican” is a “race”?

  15. Eric G May 16, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    I am voting for Ian Murphy.

  16. Eric G May 16, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    Corwin supports Boehner’s plan to kill the popular Medicare program. Hochul and Davis support Nixon’s anti-middle class HMO system without a public option. Ian Murphy supports Medicare for all. The U.S. spend the most on health care and gets less care than other countries with a single-payer system.

    The top 1% owns 70% of the wealth; the bottom 40% owns 0.3% of the wealth. A progressive tax system will stop the decline of the middle-class of the past 40 years. Corporate taxes should also be raised. When the top tax rate peaked at 91% when Eisenhower was President, there was no Great Recession. Its better to side with the 92% of Americans who prefer the Swedish wealth distribution over the American wealth distribution. (See the study by Michael I. Norton and Dan Ariely at .)

    One representative up for election in a strong Republican House won’t really change anything. On the spending cut bill, where some Democrats were needed to pass it, Hochul would have voted yes, but I prefer to vote for a candidate who would have voted no.

  17. Jesse May 16, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    You should really know that the “tea party” started with Ron Paul’s 2008 campaign, it caught fire, and all the righty retards jumped on the bandwagon later and blew it up.  It really started because of Bush’s spending profligacy, not Obama’s.  Obama has just been Bush III on far too many issues so it’s easy to carry over the hate.

    But maybe you don’t care, because it’s easier to demagogue that which you hate.

  18. Bills Fan May 16, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    Not to put too fine a point on it but I said “pays the bills,” not your bills. Also, are you saying that you have no financial or equity stake in WNYMedia? You must be as otherwise advertising paid to this site would, to some degree, trickle back to you, right? 

    So I’m guessing your issue isn’t with millionaires per se, just millionaires like Chris Lee and Jane Corwin? That means it’s really your lack of precise language that’s the problem, I guess, as you’re presumably down with Soros and Buffett and others like them. 

    Also, what ‘rights’ are the Lee/Corwin types trying to take away from you? 

    • Alan Bedenko May 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

      1. I write here, but I’m not an employee and I don’t get the trickle-down from any advertising except that which I bring in, which is “West Herr”. So, you’re admitting you had no facts to back up your allegation?

      2. My problem is with millionaires like Chris Lee and Jane Corwin who want to take away my right as an American to receive Social Security and Medicare benefits, among others.

  19. Rob May 16, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    Anyone know if there will be any more reputable polls out on NY-26 before 5-24?

    • Alan Bedenko May 16, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

      @Rob – polls are still being conducted. I don’t know whether they’re internal or public ones, though.

  20. Chris Charvella May 16, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    @BillsFan Yeah, it’s shocking that Alan went from undecided to decided. Did you think he was just not going to vote next week?

    Hochul’s not paying any of my bills either, but I’m going to vote for her. Am I still a shill?

  21. peteherr May 16, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    Clearly things are arry at WNYMedia. Hochul’s ads are not paying Alan’s and Chris’s bills. Odien and Smith are obviously the Arriana Huffington’s of Buffalo. Get the pitch forks and torches and class action lawsuits.

    @Patricia Castillo – nice twiating of Alan’s words. Did you really misunderstand what he said or is that what Nick Langworthy told you to write?

  22. Tom Dolina May 16, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    I wish that I could get some of that sweet, sweet WNYMedia advertising cash…

  23. Chris Charvella May 16, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    Yup, I have no financial stake here whatsoever. Pissing off BillsFan is so fun, I’m happy to do it for free.

  24. Mr. F.N. Magoo May 16, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    The whiny cries of ‘class warfare!!!!’ and the 42 pouting GOP congressmen who penned a letter to President Obama asking him to make the Dems stop talking about what the Ryan plan would do to Medicare point echo Mike Mallia’s high pitched shrieks.
    Vote for Corwin if you want her to support the Republican majority in Congress that supported Ryan’s plan. A plan, which by admission of his own staff, incorrectly calculated some of the savings predicted through a basic accounting error any CPA would’ve found. (One did) A plan which used an analysis of employment figures that the author of the analysis admitted were not only overly rosy but incorrectly calculated. A plan that might now be law if the GOP held both houses and the White House.
    The Republican party continues to be on the wrong side of the facts and is now on the wrong side of history. The nasty tone of politics bemoaned across the spectrum is increasingly caused by the slowly dawning realization by Goopers that the demographic movement of this country is dooming them them to irrelevancy. The teabaggers’ cry for a 3rd political party will likely be answered when the GOP is put in that place when a new one arises.

  25. JudahMaccabbee May 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    There is a millionaire that I wish would get into the race. Monty Brewster, so I could vote, “None of the Above.”

    It’s amazing how much energy is being spent on a district that is about to cease to exist.

    I can honestly say that I’m really thinking about voting for Murphy not because I agree with him on anything, but he’s been the most honest with folks.

    And that still should mean something.

  26. Christopher Smith May 16, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    Yes, we accept political advertisements from politicians, unions, special interest groups and issue campaigns.  They buy space here because they like the demographics of our audience. 

    They want YOU (24-40, professional, white collar, college educated, politically active, socially conscious and mildly wealthy) to see their message and they don’t give much of a shit about what we write on the website.  In turn, we curry no favor to our advertisers.  It’s in their contract.

    Also, Alan has never received a dime from any political advertising placed on our website nor any video or web services we perform for politicians or other interest groups. Frankly, I think Alan kind of likes it that way, because it allows him to tell people that he is independent of influence.

    Should Odien cut him a check once in a while?  Probably, but that’s not up to me.  Alan and I were writing for free on our own blogs before we joined WNYMedia and would probably still do it for free if we weren’t writing here.

    We’ve had advertisers willing to put ads here if we agreed to change the tone of our content, leave certain stories alone, clean up our language, etc.  We never change anything, we do what we do.  If people want access to our readers, they’ll buy an ad.  It’s called independence and we’re pretty fucking proud of it.

    Have a great day!

  27. mark May 16, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

    3. You’re so full of shit.

    hahahahhahaha, now there’s some real adult conversation!! All this time I thought progressives were tolerant of other viewpoints? The seat is going to be eliminated anyways, what a giant waste of money, resources & ink.

  28. Bbill May 16, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    “There’s class warfare, all right,” Mr. Buffett said, “but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”

  29. jimd May 16, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    When people speak of self-responsibility and self-reliance I could not agree more. Then there is reality. Having worked in subsidized housing projects for 20 years next month, I can tell you MOST of the people I run into don’t and never will have a grasp of those concepts. Sure there is a percentage of freeloaders, as with any facet of life people game the system. But a preponderance of the people have real mental and physical issues. My question to anyone that wants to save money by eliminating social programs is, what do we do with these people? When a kitten is born abnormally, the mother kills it, hence you don’t see retarded cats wondering around. In the mid 80’s my wife and I as newlyweds lived in Santa Barbara,Ca. About that time Reagan decided government should not be funding mental health hospitals so simply released the patients. What happened? Why suddenly we have a homeless problem. And the first thing the good merchants on State st. got to do each morning was clean the crap from their front entry because any recessed entrance became a public toilet. Another thing that bothers me about this topic is how many seem to look down the social ladder for solutions while the financial industry is literally stealing billions.

  30. Carl May 16, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    #21: If you don’t like what Alan’s posting, why are you here?

    Are you a masochist?

  31. Bills Fan May 16, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    Chris – it’s almost sweet that you genuinely believe BP was ‘undecided’ last week as to who he’d vote for in 26. Kinda like the sun is undecided if it will rise in the east or the west tomorrow am. 

    • Alan Bedenko May 16, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

      You’re not even a good troll.

  32. Chris Charvella May 16, 2011 at 10:43 pm #


    If you even knew the level of bullshit I had to endure for suggesting in a post or two that Murphy wasn’t some sort of drooling psych ward patient, you’d understand. I imagine you could take the amount of emails, dirty looks and phone calls I got and multiply it by 10 to get the number Alan received of the same.

    Troll harder.

  33. Bills Fan May 17, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    While you’re in the midst of your alleged undecidedness between Hochul and Murphy, I point out that you’re shilling for Hochul. Then it turns out that you have a eureka moment and decide you are, after all, for Hochul. And I’m bad at this? You must use some strange criteria to judge who is good. 

    • Alan Bedenko May 17, 2011 at 11:07 am #

      You ought to make up your mind. One minute, you say I’m “shilling for Hochul”, yet you just got through concern-trolling about how I only write nasty things about “the party [I] dislike” instead of writing nice things about Hochul.

      By that measure, I may equally be “shilling” for Murphy or Davis.

      So, yes. You are bad at this.

  34. Bills Fan May 17, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

    How do you feel about your claim that the Paladino campaign likely manufactured the bomb threat that evacuated the Ellicott Square Building now that the actual bomb threat guy has plead guilty?

    To a partisan, everything is politics. So even when a left wing activist phones in a bomb threat to a Republican candidate, it’s likely the Republican candidate faking it. Tragic, really. 

    • Alan Bedenko May 18, 2011 at 6:18 am #

      How do I feel? I feel fantastic! A bit tired, but that’s about it.

  35. Bills Fan May 18, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    That’s my boy. Implying that a guy committed a felony by faking a bomb threat and then being proved wrong shouldn’t affect your self-esteem. I’m glad you don’t let stuff like that affect your mood. 

    For the fatigue – try yoga. It really refreshes the body and spirit. 

    • Alan Bedenko May 18, 2011 at 8:30 am #

      Oh, I’m sorry. Did you mean to ask me what did I THINK about it, or whether I would, if possible, go back in time to mid-April and retract my supposition that it was a put-on?

      I THINK it’s good that this guy was caught & prosecuted. As for my supposition that it was a fraud, I was wrong. But I don’t retract or think I was at all out-of-line thinking at that time that a campaign run by a guy whose mentor was Roger Stone might be faking bomb threats to deflect bad press off his candidate and change the subject.

      So, no. It doesn’t affect my self-esteem.

      By the way, why do you continue to be anonymous? We can’t vet who you are and what your motivation might be for shilling so hard for Republicans.

  36. Bills Fan May 18, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    No, I meant to ask you how you feel. Emotions are things you feel . . . sadness, anger, shame. . . hunger. I would have guessed you’d feel bad about your unwarranted accusation. But you don’t. Okay, no big deal. 

    • Alan Bedenko May 18, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

      Not at all! At the time, it was exquisitely warranted. Not all of us enjoy your 20/20 hindsight.

  37. Alan Bedenko May 18, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    Holy God. I just read what I wrote about the bomb plot. Here it is, verbatim: 

    Carl Paladino says that his HQ received a death threat or bomb threat yesterday, prompting the Ellicott Square Building to be evacuated. Without knowing more, we can take Paladino at his word on that point. That someone called in a bomb threat or death threat is somewhat unheard-of in this town, in this day and age, with respect to a political candidate, but let’s run with it. I am, however, equally inclined to believe that this is, as Liz Benjamin put it, Michael Caputo’s “upping the ante” strategy. The email issue won’t go away, so let’s (a) manufacture a distraction that will; (b) make Paladino seem like a victim. Sheer genius, I tell you.

    I gave both possible scenarios equal weight. You’re a very, very bad troll indeed. 

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