Republican PAC endorses Republican

17 May

This is phenomenal. Corwin blocked WNYMedia cameras from the event she held yesterday with a national bus-centric PAC run by Republican political consultants, but that didn’t stop the approved media from asking the same damn questions we would have.


The national “Tea Party Express” group, run by someone you never heard of who parachuted into town to hold a private and poorly attended event in an obscure Amherst shopping center, unsurprisingly endorsed the establishment Republican candidate. Among the luminaries who helped endorse Corwin were 7-time candidate Lenny Roberto, Grand Island firebrand Rus Thompson, and email enthusiast Carl Paladino.

Paladino’s presence was interesting, given that the Tea Party Express last rolled into town on a bus made of Republican PAC money, and issued this statement:


“Carl Paladino is absolutely incompatible with anything the Tea Party Express stands for. Pornographic, racist e-mails – how do you think that we would ever support something like that? Clearly Paladino doesn’t understand what this movement is about if he touted himself as a Tea Party candidate. Because again, we’re a human rights movement, and it is flat out impossible for an advocate for human rights to embrace what Paladino stands for.”

So, that must mean that anyone who seeks and accepts Paladino’s support and endorsement is also “incompatible” with what the Republican PAC-BUS stands for.

Outside Corwin’s private, empty event, libertarian tea partier Jim Ostrowski (who works for the Davis campaign) confronted the woman from the Republican PAC who was desperately trying to return to her rental car and fly the Christ out of this dreary, drizzly backwater back to Washington. She told Ostrowski that Davis was as much a part of the “tea party as Barack Obama”.  Ostrowski asked her if she’s ever spoken with Davis, continuing by explaining that he was instrumental in organizing the first tea party events in Buffalo, that this woman wasn’t from Buffalo, and that she has absolutely no idea what she’s talking about.  Of course, Jim’s right.

I wonder how much Langworthy now wishes he’d not been quite so hasty in posting this edited clip to YouTube. Its benefit has been negligible, while its cost has been huge. The only people who are buying this video as evidence of an angry Davis assaulting a cameraman are Republican tools from out of town who have no influence in this race. The people who live here know it was a setup. I’m also wondering whether the people who live here in this district are taking kindly to all the outside money and influence flowing into this race.

27 Responses to “Republican PAC endorses Republican”

  1. Still Republican? May 17, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    In the interview Langworthy gave on Thurs morning in the Ch 2 parking lot – he is caught in his own lie. Watch it again, and see how he stumbles on the pointed question of “assult”. When asked about the video he says that the aide with Jack Davis hit Mallia with a folder or binder. Langworthy says you can see it on the 14 sec clip. YOU CAN’T! The only way he saw that, is by watching the second video (the one with no battery).

  2. Jesse May 17, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    The back and forth on this makes us all look like idiots, even you Alan.  You complain that it’s all astroturf for the Repubs, and then make light of the fact that this lady is “someone you never heard of” [sic].  Which is it?  Grassroots or pure calculated evil?

    • Alan Bedenko May 17, 2011 at 11:04 am #

      The “Tea Party Express” is neither. It’s a bus chartered by a Republican PAC.

  3. BrianS May 17, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    WHY do I have a feeling that all of this Tea Party stuff will quickly evaporate the minute the BLACK GUY is out of office? Wanna bet?

  4. Mr. F.N. Magoo May 17, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    I, for one, am glad for the advice of Republicans and conservatives that WNY Media should stop picking on Republicans and conservatives. Not because its instructive, but if this is their ‘go to’ move at this stage of things, I’m optimistic about Kathy Hochul’s chances.

  5. Chris Charvella May 17, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    WNYMedia to local Republicans: ‘You want punched out?’

  6. jimd May 17, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    #5’s got it right.

  7. Mike In WNY May 17, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    It is unfortunate that TEAGOP and other “tea party supporters” are allowing themselves to be used by the Republican Party. Our political system is in desperate need of some independent blood. The two factions of the ruling party, Democrats and Republicans, offer no hope.

  8. Mr. F.N. Magoo May 17, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    Ya know, the tea party is starting to move away from a purely fiscal focus to claiming to be the only people with all the answers. That’s devolving from a movement to a cult.

  9. Brian Castner May 17, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    Just for reference Magoo, do you think Progressives and Democrats have all the answers? It seems like you are caught between a cult and admitting Republicans might have some things right.

  10. Eric P. May 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    #5 (and #8) are correct.  The TP seems to be simply the racist faction of the GOP.

     @ Brian:  A Quiz  – Republicans MIGHT have some things “right” – I just can’t think of any.  Could you please cite three things the Republicans (ie. leadership at the Federal Level) have “got right” in the past thirty years.    

    Also, most (individual) Liberals / Progressives / Democrats will freely admit they don’t have all “the answers”.  I generally don’t see that awareness among conservative individuals or Leaders.

  11. Brian Castner May 17, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    @ Eric: You say liberals/progressives/Democrats don’t think they have all the answers, then you find yourself challenged to think of a good Republican one. Riiight.

    I have 30 years? To only pick the most broad ideas, I’ll start then with Reagan’s confrontation of the Soviets (loud in public, negotiating in private, and spending to encourage their economic collapse), reduction of the top tax bracket from the statosphere, and defense of Kuwait in 1991. In Clinton’s term I’ll add welfare reform and the good government initiatives of the Contract with America, and in Bush’s term the reorganization of the DHS. There are six – I can keep going if you’d like.

    By the way, I wasn’t generally asking liberals/progressives/Democrats. I was asking Magoo, because he proclaims that he is a proud Pressive/Democrat, and I wanted to see if his cult rules applied to him as well.

  12. Black Rock Lifer May 17, 2011 at 5:34 pm #

    How about 3 things Republicans have done for the average American? Your list lacks any concrete accomplishments that have had any positive impact on the majority of citizens.

  13. Brian Castner May 17, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    If you don’t think ending the Cold War, reforming welfare, and creating the TSA (among other changes) don’t affect ordinary Americans, I can’t help you.

    • Alan Bedenko May 17, 2011 at 5:42 pm #

      Republicans ended the cold war?

  14. jimd May 17, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    Also, to be fair Lech Walesa and the Solidarity party probably had more to do with the demise of the USSR than Reagan’s bloviating and sabre rattling. The defense of Kuwait was nice, too bad republicans put Hussein in power in the first place. And the DHS? Really? The biggest expansion of federal beaurocracy in generations coupled with a shameful loss of civil liberties. Finally, what have they done for the average American? The concept of borrow and spend, don’t you remember? We all got $300 checks while our federal deficit was ballooning.

  15. Black Rock Lifer May 17, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    Brian- The Soviet Union collapsed under its own weight, Clinton reformed welfare, and the TSA was a bipartisan effort by Ernest Hollings, Democrat and Don Young, Republican. Today’s Republicans no longer understand bipartisanship, they simply obstruct, undermine, and attack.

    • Brian Castner May 17, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

      @ BRL – “Clinton reformed welfare” is an untrue statement – I see you practice the bipartisanship you preach. Republican governor Tommy Thompson gets the credit for having the idea and starting the program in WI, and the Republican Congress gets credit for making it an issue and passing it. Clinton’s great accomplishment was taking credit for it afterward, a feat he excelled at.

  16. Mr. F.N. Magoo May 17, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    @Brian: Easy answer. No. No, I don’t think Democrats/progressives have all the answers. How you got to that accusation from my opinon that the tea party is starting to move in that direction baffles me. “You say liberals/progressives/Democrats don’t think they have all the answers” No, I don’t say that or quote me as having said that. And quote me as saying, anywhere, that Republicans don’t have ‘any’ answers. You don’t do snark well.

    And you’re wrong on this: “and in Bush’s term the reorganization of the DHS.”: It was created during his administration, not ‘reformed’ and its not seen as a universal success.

    And Republicans didn’t end the Cold War. It was a concerted effort for the better part of a century by not only several administrations but many other countries as well. This conceit that Reagan or Republicans were solely responsible for the end of the Cold War is beneath even you to try to tout.

  17. Mr. F.N. Magoo May 17, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    Oops, accused Castner of saying something he didn’t. I take that back. He didn’t accuse me of the ‘saying Democrats/progressive” line.
    See how that works, Brian?

  18. Brian Castner May 17, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    I do see how it works, Magoo. Reading is fundamental. In the spirit of admitting fault, I would like to retract my “won the Cold War” throw away line to BRLifer. The point I wanted to make about Reagan was the original one – how he confronted the Soviets. My distillation of that, into “won,” is not correct. That being said, he presided over the last 8 years of the Cold War, and changed the dynamic of our interaction with the Soviets distinctly from Carter. I think he deserves more credit than many of you, but hardly all.

    On DHS, I didn’t say “reformed,” I said “reorganized” because most of the agencies of DHS already existed in some form. No policy of the United States has ever been seen as a “universal success,” so I don’t hold it to that standard. But I think the DHS will be around long after we leave Iraq and Afghnaistan, tax cuts are created and destroyed, and NCLB bites the dust, making it (50 years from now) Bush’s most enduring legacy. The events that decide if that DHS legacy is good or bad haven’t happened yet, IMHO.

    But back to the original point – my definition of a political party is a group that thinks they have all the answers. If you declare yourself a proud partisan, as you have done, I think you need to bear that weight. The more I reason, the less partisan I get, because no party or group has all the answers, and partisanship clouds the mind. Note your immediate belief that the site must have been Republicans, based upon . . . its incompletion? You don’t get the joke when its about a Dem? My independent “you all suck” answer is not helpful or satisfying, but I’ve found to be largely true.

  19. Black Rock Lifer May 17, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

    Do you mean just like Mitt Romney gets the credit for Obamacare? Oh wait, Mitt has run away from his record. My point was that Republicans have not represented the interests of the average American, nor have the Dems done as good a job as they could have. The politicans of both parties are too far removed from reality to properly govern. The Republicans just seem to have no shame in basically acting as lobbyists for the wealthy.

  20. Brian Castner May 17, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

    @ BRL – I lean right, but you’ll have to look elsewhere for a Republican shill, as my accumulted 2 years of writing on this site show. I think Mitt should run on his healthcare reform record, but I’m also the guy who makes the case for single payer healthcare from the right. Few of the latest and greatest R’s are accounting for themselves well, but only the most close minded partisan can find nothing good they have done over the last 30 years.

  21. Ray May 17, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    I saw something in my travels today that I found very interesting. In the heart of Collins/Corwin territory, Brompton Road in not Village but Williamsville: a Chris Lee for Congress lawn sign.

    It’s new; I drive down that street almost daily and this is the first I’ve seen it.

    Could this be the Republicans’ Rapture Surprise for us? Jane, tearfully admitting her mistaken campaign gaffe and withdrawing from the race, and the original Shirtless Wonder making his triumphant return? “Forgive me; forgive US! Don’t sacrifice our (i.e., your anti-self-interest) agenda to PelosiReidObamaMarxistWrightAyers just because I made a LITTLE mistake!” Hey- if a write-in Republican could win in Alaska, anything’s possible, and their chances can’t be any worse than they are with Jane right now.

  22. jimd May 17, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    25, that’s funny. Another informed voter.


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