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DCCC’s New Last-Minute Radio Ad for Kryzan

3 Nov

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Kryzan vs. Lee on Hardwick

2 Nov

12:00: Kryzan says it comes down to the future – we have serious issues in the country and district, and she wants to work for change to the status quo. If you think the last 8 years have been good, then vote Lee. If you want a better future, and new ideas, then vote Kryzan.

What should the election come down to on Tuesday? Lee: people are frustrated with Congress, and they want someone who will be a steward of their tax dollars, and he’s run businesses, so knows what it’s like to create a job and to run a business. People in Congress didn’t understand, and only 18 people in Congress have an MBA (as does George W. Bush).

Lee says “she’s changed her tax views”, and Kryzan is hitting back. Lee brings up the fact that Enidine employees took out an ad in the News, which is way beside the point. Kryzan doesn’t understand how pledging to lower taxes on 95% of people in the district equals a tax increase. She was going to go to a Halloween parade dressed as the scary Alice Kryzan in Lee’s ads, but it would have scared the children.

Kryzan says neither of them control what the national party puts out as ads, and she didn’t and wouldn’t have put ads out like the DCCC’s. But Lee has put out his own ads that are lies about Kryzan’s record, and she has done no such thing. Lee has sent out a fundraising letter pledging to “raise taxes” on every family in Western New York. She’s running on platform of helping hard-working families in the district, green jobs, and ending the war. She has tried to be issue-oriented in the campaign.

Lee complains that Kryzan would never accept special interest money, but she has. He is offended by shots taken at his “family” and his business, and his patriotism. They never exported a job to China. They employed people in China to sell product into China. The only way a US manufacturer could compete in China is to do that. He also complains that he was never fined anything for selling secrets to China. It had to do with the company that acquired his. Lee claims this race should be about the issues; jobs and taxes. He has created jobs in the community, and when asked to disavow any ads against Kryzan, he doesn’t.

Hardwick doesn’t like the tenor of this race, and asks the candidates about them.

11:45: On race relations, Kryzan mentions that she worked long ago to end racial discrimination in Chicago. Obama’s election will be a giant step forward. Lee says there is a lot more to be done, and our own inner city in Buffalo is struggling with extremely high unemployment rates, and the high school graduation rate is too low. The federal government can try and get more community involvement to eliminate racial discrimination.

On higher education, Lee doesn’t want the federal government to be too involved, and grants & loans need to be expanded. Kryzan would not re-authorize No Child Left Behind, and she is in favor of local control of schools and we need to encourage people to send their kids to college and make the road easier through tax policy and Pell Grants.

Kryzan thinks we need to look at trade policies, and they need to be reexamined and renegotiated to place us on a level playing field. We’re the only free trading country that free trades. Lee says free trade has to be fair, and China, e.g., keeps its currency artificially devalued.

Lee is against the Employee Free Choice Act. Kryzan is in favor of it.

11:30: The “hotbutton” questions:

1. Gun laws: Kryzan is for reasonable gun control legislation such as the Brady Law. Lee is for anyone to have whatever gun they want, anytime. “There are so many laws on the books now, but we don’t have judges that enforce the laws” – pablum with know meaning.

2. Abortion: Lee is against Medicaid funding for abortions. Kryzan is for full reproductive health care services.

3. Minimum wage: Kryzan says it needs to track the cost of living. Lee is against raising the minimum wage, and it doesn’t matter anyway, because most of them are part-time helping small businesses.

4. Fairness doctrine: Lee is against it, and is against the regulation of private business. Kryzan says private business leases public airwaves, and it’s a public resource, but a fairness doctrine would be misdirected.

5: Family Leave Act: Kryzan says if we want to walk the walk about supporting families and family values, then government should wake up and do it. Paid family leave needs to be looked at in the greater context. Lee says that 80% of jobs created in the country are by small business, and family leave is “ok for a hardship”, but wouldn’t go for mandating paid leave.

11:15: On health care, Kryzan believes it should be a right for Americans to have accessible health care, and we’re the only industrialized country that has so many uninsured. She says the government should offer some sort of free-market insurance program that is “the best program out there” and guarantees portability, insurability, and affordability. Lee says we need to make health care more affordable. He says his “approach is different” and shouldn’t involve a big government program. (Which is interesting, because no one suggested that). On McCain’s $5,000 tax credit – which is about 50% or less of the cost of a health insurance plan – he brings up tort reform and “frivolous law suits”, and it needs to happen on the state and federal level, according to Lee. Kryzan hits on Lee, who said he wants to see “more people covered”, and asks rhetorically whom Lee doesn’t want to see covered. Kryzan is more concerned about people who can’t get health insurance, rather than doctors who have trouble buying malpractice insurance. If we didn’t spend $12 billion per month in Iraq, we could afford a great health care program.

Lee says we ought to ship illegals back to where they came from. He wants to round them up and deport, but does make some mouth-noises about a guest worker program, without calling it that. They both recognize the difference between the southern and northern border. Kryzan suggests reformation of the process, which costs too much and is uneffective. As for illegals who are already here, we can’t just ship them back because it would a logistical and financial nightmare. We need to be pragmatic, and examine a pathway to citizenship that includes some form of hurdle for them to hop before they can legalize their status.

11:00: In an answer on Social Security, Lee talks about creating jobs – especially manufacturing jobs. He says he doesn’t have the answers as to how to fix Social Security, but we need a bipartisan solution. Kryzan talks about raising the ceiling of SS contributions, which is now set at around $100k, and it’s regressive now and we need to take a look at what’s fair. Kryzan gives a specific response – Lee talks in generalities that are somewhat beside the point.

On agricultural subsidies, Lee talks about farmers being the backbone of the district, and they’ve been hit by labor and energy problems. He avoids the question, and Hardwick presses. He says farmers aren’t “taking advantage of the system”. Kryzan is a member of the Wyoming County Farm Bureau, and she knows what the concerns are. Farmers want to see fair regulation that works for them, and they are most often talking about health care, and the availability of labor in the district. Cutting costs and maintaining labor are their biggest problems. She also punts on subsidies, but they’ll talk health care and immigration after the break.

10:50: I’ll say one thing for Kryzan that Powers didn’t really do during the primaries: she is not letting her opponent get away with even an ounce of bullshit. She’s having none of his class warfare “redistribution of wealth” nonsense Lee is peddling, and she’s hitting him hard on not doing anything out in the community and not really being particularly accessible to the press or the voters in the district. She’s getting some great shots in, and Lee’s on bigtime defense right now.

If it’s Sunday, it’s Hardline with Kevin Hardwick

1 Nov

This Sunday is the big NY-26 debate between Republican Chris Lee (who really seems to be deliberately ignorant of the rules regarding Alice Kryzan’s inability to coordinate with the DCCC and vice-versa) and Alice Kryzan, whose name evidently will not be on the WFP, according to a federal ruling overturning the Appellate Division’s overturning of the NYS Supreme Court’s decision requiring Jon Powers’ name to stay on the line.

Let me be perfectly crystal clear on this: the Republicans and the Lee campaign are the ones pushing to ensure that Kryzan’s name not replace Powers’ on the WFP line.

Lee? Who was all to happy cynically to go along with the Independence Party’s sheer, transparent idiocy with respect to its own party line. Kenmore attorney (and Tony Orsini’s Godson) Anthony Fumerelle acted as a placeholder on the IP line, which ultimately went to Lee when Fumerelle “decided” to run for Supreme Court justice. Locally for Fricano’s seat? No, of course not! Logically, he’s running for a seat 460 miles away in the County of Queens. Yet Kryzan can’t get her name on the fricking WFP line because the person on that line moved out of state and withdrew from the race? Yeah, that’s fair. Fusion is bullshit, we all know. But Domagalski and Lee are hypocrites of the highest sort by blocking Kryzan from appearing on the WFP line.

Anyhow, Lee will explain, no doubt, how an unemployed scion of a family that built a successful business will implement more Bush-era policies to turn everything around from the disaster that has been the Bush era. Kryzan will explain, no doubt, how she will go to Congress to work with the Obama administration to move the country forward and reform health care, taxation, get us out of Iraq, and move us towards energy independence with a mixture of conservation, exploration, and investment in new, sustainable technologies.

UPDATE: Looks like Lee’s way of doing business was, at least once, to commit fraud.

Congressional candidate Chris Lee acknowledged Friday that he was fired from Ingram Micro years ago because he “made a mistake.” Sources familiar with the mistake say he hacked into a company computer for personal gain.

Lee was a young salesman with Ingram Micro, a computer products distributor that in 1989 was known as Ingram Micro D and operated from offices on Elmwood Avenue.

Lee, according to his co-workers at the time, somehow obtained a company credit manager’s password. Then, with that password, he raised the credit limits for some of his customers and the customers of other sales people, the employees said.

That way Lee could sell the customers more of the company’s products, on credit, before the billing system would flag their accounts for payment and halt further purchases.

It might have helped with sales, but it also put the company at greater risk if those customers failed to pay. A few others knew of the scheme, according to one of the former employees, who asked to remain unidentified fearing retaliation from Lee or Republican Party forces.

“This unauthorized raising of the credit lines allowed Chris and his cohorts to make sales to their customers in excess of Ingram-approved credit lines,” a former employee said, “thus putting Ingram at risk of customer default.”

Two people were fired, Lee among them. Others were reprimanded, the former employees said.

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Kryzan on Working Families Party Line

31 Oct

From a Kryzan campaign press release:

Court Rules Kryzan Name Must be Put on Ballot

Amherst, NY — Last night, the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, Third Department ruled that Alice Kryzan’s name must appear on the ballot next Tuesday as the nominee of both the Working Families Party and the Democratic Party.

The court ruling makes official what has been the case for several months: Alice Kryzan is the Working Families Party candidate in this election. Alice received the endorsement of the Working Families Party, Jon Powers, the Buffalo News and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

“Alice is proud to have the support of the Working Families Party, of Jon Powers, and of voters across this district who want a new direction for Western New York’s economy,” said spokesperson Anne Wadsworth. “Despite Chris Lee and the Republican machine’s attempts to block Alice’s name from appearing on the Working Families Party ballot line, today’s ruling will allow voters to have a clear choice when they vote on Tuesday.”

Buffalopundit Endorses

30 Oct

Although I realize that this is about as worthless and useless as just about anything, I still do it every year. Why? Because I feel like it! Some of the following are people who will be on my ballot, and others aren’t. No one has paid me a red cent for an ad or endorsement, ever – these are based on my own judgment and opinion. I am not including the unopposed and almost-unopposed races. So, coming up Tuesday the 4th, I recommend voting for the following candidates:

President: Barack Obama

My coming around to Obama didn’t come quickly or reflexively. I was a big fan of Bill Richardson’s, but he ran a crap campaign. I saw that it was between Clinton and Obama in December 2007, and began leaning Obama. In January, Obama amazingly won Iowa. That was all she wrote.

The moment came when I started listening to Obama’s speeches on race, on family, on America as that shining city on the hill – a place that aspires to greatness, and which people from around the world seek to emulate. Barack Obama is the closest thing to Ronald Reagan the Democrats have ever had. In a time when Americans are fearful and uncertain about their future, Obama talks about hope, change, and a brighter future.

It’s what he’s been doing for the past 22 months. It won him the nomination. It will win him the election. It will be win for the USA.

In a time when Americans are sick and tired of the politics of hatred, division, and polarization, Obama extends a hand and says, let’s work together in a spirit of compromise and cooperation to bring about a 21st century America – a better, leaner and more efficient government – to bring about change to our economy, to our foreign policy, to our domestic affairs.

The economy has been battered over the last few months, and throughout the crisis, Obama was – well, presidential. No crazy tactics or erratic grandstanding – Obama listened, learned, consulted, and deliberated. He did the same with respect to Iraq. There have been many times over the past 11 months that I’ve listened to or read something from Obama that has simply taken me aback – that a candidate doesn’t talk down to me like some kind of idiot. That a candidate has a reasoned, intelligent, well-executed set of ideas and plans is something we’ve frankly been without for the past 8 years. By way of example, on Tuesday while having lunch on Allen Street, I read this article in Time Magazine.

General David Petraeus deployed overwhelming force when he briefed Barack Obama and two other Senators in Baghdad last July. He knew Obama favored a 16-month timetable for the withdrawal of most U.S. troops from Iraq, and he wanted to make the strongest possible case against it. And so, after he had presented an array of maps and charts and PowerPoint slides describing the current situation on the ground in great detail, Petraeus closed with a vigorous plea for “maximum flexibility” going forward.

Obama had a choice at that moment. He could thank Petraeus for the briefing and promise to take his views “under advisement.” Or he could tell Petraeus what he really thought, a potentially contentious course of action — especially with a general not used to being confronted. Obama chose to speak his mind. “You know, if I were in your shoes, I would be making the exact same argument,” he began. “Your job is to succeed in Iraq on as favorable terms as we can get. But my job as a potential Commander in Chief is to view your counsel and interests through the prism of our overall national security.” Obama talked about the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, the financial costs of the occupation of Iraq, the stress it was putting on the military.

A “spirited” conversation ensued, one person who was in the room told me. “It wasn’t a perfunctory recitation of talking points. They were arguing their respective positions, in a respectful way.” The other two Senators — Chuck Hagel and Jack Reed — told Petraeus they agreed with Obama. According to both Obama and Petraeus, the meeting — which lasted twice as long as the usual congressional briefing — ended agreeably. Petraeus said he understood that Obama’s perspective was, necessarily, going to be more strategic. Obama said that the timetable obviously would have to be flexible. But the Senator from Illinois had laid down his marker: if elected President, he would be in charge. Unlike George W. Bush, who had given Petraeus complete authority over the war — an unprecedented abdication of presidential responsibility (and unlike John McCain, whose hero worship of Petraeus bordered on the unseemly) — Obama would insist on a rigorous chain of command.

Again – Obama listened, learned, consulted, and deliberated. And in this instance, he challenged. We can’t have a President who just rolls over for whatever anyone’s telling him. We’ve had 8 years of a President who abandons pragmatism and deliberation in favor of ideology and inflexibility. We can’t have a President who doesn’t demand frank answers to tough questions from his subordinates, and we can’t have a President who doesn’t ensure adherence to constitutional constructs with respect to who’s in charge of what.

In 2004, I heard an unknown guy with a funny name give a speech at the Democratic National Convention. I will never forget hearing this passage:

The pundits, the pundits like to slice-and-dice our country into Red States and Blue States; Red States for Republicans, Blue States for Democrats. But I’ve got news for them, too. We worship an “awesome God” in the Blue States, and we don’t like federal agents poking around in our libraries in the Red States. We coach Little League in the Blue States and yes, we’ve got some gay friends in the Red States. There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and there are patriots who supported the war in Iraq. We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.

At the time – the Iraq war was a year and a half old and going sour – it was a blockbuster speech and a concept so completely foreign to many ears turned numb from Roveian division. I thought then that this was Obama’s entry into the 2008 election. I was right. I am so ready for this guy to become President, and to have someone in Washington working hard to ensure a brighter future and a more perfect union. Website here.

NY-26: Alice Kryzan

There is no question that the 26th district has been ill-served for too long by former clout-wielding Republican Tom Reynolds. Reynolds is the kind of guy who lives in the past – old divisions, old issues, old ways of thinking. There is hardly an initiative anyone can point to as the “Reynolds record of excellence”, which really is what any legislator should aspire to, given the opportunity to go to Washington and do right by his constituents and the country. (Not to mention get paid a lot of public money and benefits-for-life).

There are two rookies vying for this seat this year, Democrat Alice Kryzan and Republican Chris Lee. There is not one thing that Lee has done or said that has been even remotely impressive, except perhaps for his fundraising prowess. His ideas are the same recycled, old Republican pablum that we’ve endured for 8 years under Bush, and longer still being represented by Reynolds. Lee seems like a nice enough guy, and I credit anyone willing to stand up and take a shot at a run, but in this year, in this climate, with the problems we’re facing, it’s patently time for something new.

Alice Kryzan is a brilliant and well-respected veteran environmental litigator who, by trade and training, can (and must) see both sides of an issue. She offers a platform not dissimilar to that of Barack Obama, with his focus on trickle-up tax breaks for the middle class and poor, more accessible health care, an as-soon-as-possible end to the war in Iraq in a safe and controlled manner, and the promotion of “what’s next” for Western New York’s (and the country’s) economy. Western New York was a pioneer in sustainable energy production, and we need to reclaim that mantle with whatever non-fossil-fuel options are out there that are available. Alice will bring renewed energy to these issues, and more responsiveness and care to constituent issues. Website here.

NY-27: Brian Higgins

You know how I mentioned above that Reynolds doesn’t really have much of a record fighting for positive change in WNY? Brian Higgins has accomplished more in 4 years than Reynolds has in 10. Western New York is better off having him in Washington fighting for a fair shake from NYPA, holding the Thruway Authority’s feet to the fire over tolls by highlighting its federal funding, being in the forefront – really, the go-to guy – of waterfront development in the City of Buffalo. Brian Higgins is no knee-jerk liberal, and he’s drawn the ire of the far left for many of his votes with respect to security and police powers, but that shows me that he’s a principled and pragmatic politician who is willing to be independent of Democratic orthodoxy. I don’t like robots – I need someone who thinks and gets things done. Higgins’ opponent, like Lee, offers nothing really new to the table. Both he and Lee repeat how they’ve met a payroll and run successful businesses. Lee inherited his, but Humiston built his. That is admirable, regardless of how you feel about tanning beds. But the job of a congressman isn’t to build a business, make a profit, or make a payroll. It’s to make and shape public policy. Higgins has proven that he is good at it, and that what he does benefits WNY. Website here.

NY-29: Eric Massa

Does what’s happened over the last 8 years really get you pumped? No? Randy Kuhl was an enthusiastic supporter of George W. Bush. He accused Democrats of wanting to see the country do badly. He is a detestable, bullying figure who hasn’t earned re-election. By contrast, Eric Massa is a smart and energetic veteran. He’s a cancer survivor and has intimate, first-hand knowledge of foreign policy and military issues from his tenure as Retired General Wesley Clark’s chief aide while Clark was Supreme Allied Commander of NATO’s European forces. Massa is on board with the renewed concentration on the hardships of the middle class, which will be a refreshing change from the Bush Administration’s obsession for giving the superrich a hand. Website here.

SD-61: Joe Mesi

Did you really expect the guy who ran against Mike Ranzenhofer for a county leg seat to endorse Mike Ranzenhofer for a State Senate seat?

I am well-versed in Ranzenhofer’s legislative record, and to say it’s unimpressive is an understatement. Has he ever voted for a tax increase? No. But he’s voted for a great many budgets containing spending hikes, and what makes that so egregious is that it is patently fiscally unconservative to do that. Ranzenhofer was all too happy to plow Giambra’s policies of borrow & spend through the legislature as minority and majority leader. He complains about roads not being repaired – including many in his own district – yet refuses to vote for budgets that would fund them (as if it would all be done for free).

The Buffalo News noted that Mesi is not as well-versed on the issues as Ranzenhofer. Well, neither would you be if you were a rookie running against a 20-year veteran. I find Mesi to be smart, accessible, and above all a good listener. A guy who is as regular as they come, but has a major stake in this community and wants to ensure that his family and everyone’s gets a fair shake going forward. He is in favor of maintenance of the STAR program, and is pushing for measured, intelligent cuts to the state budget that don’t arbitrarily slash items that people not only depend on, but that are critical to our future. Like schools and public safety. He is dedicated to the expansion of green jobs and industry in New York, and for a ban on unfunded Albany mandates. He is in favor of a tax cap with a circuit breaker, and isn’t just looking at what the state’s problems are now, but is looking into the future to try and work towards longer-term goals to growth and prosperity. I also appreciate the fact that he’s not playing the upstate Republican game of demonizing downstate New York. It’s not productive.

The involvement of Steve Pigeon in Mesi’s campaign is troubling, but not enough so that I would for some reason say, “gee, I’ll vote for Ranz”. Website here.

SD-59: Kathy Konst

When Dale Volker went to Albany as an Assemblyman, Richard Nixon was being inaugurated for his second term. Pink Floyd released Dark Side of the Moon. New York’s World Trade Center had its ribbon-cutting. The Watergate scandal hadn’t yet hit. Nelson Rockefeller was Governor. Stanley Makowski had just taken over the mayor’s office from Frank Sedita, Sr.

And in that 36 years, Volker has done – what, exactly? The state has seen tragic decline in population and economic growth. Albany is as dysfunctional as it’s ever been. In 36 years, Volker should be able to point to a vast, proven record of service and excellence. Instead, he and his goon squad insult and threaten anyone who might unseat this unprincipled thug with a $1 million state payroll all his own. First, he and his people threatened and insulted Republican challenger David DiPietro, and now he’s doing just about everything in his power to not only defeat Kathy Konst, but to destroy her.

And in a year when people talk of mavericks, Kathy Konst really is one. She’s a Democrat, but she is neither beholden to Democratic Headquarters, nor is there very much love lost between the two. Although Konst and her husband are not beloved figures in local Democratic circles, we’re not voting for the Konsts’ friends or enemies – we’re voting for Konst. She has a proven record of transparency and hard work towards reform in the county legislature – both substantive and procedural. If ever there was someone we should send to Albany to give her a chance to shake things up, it’s Konst. Website here.

SD-58: Bill Stachowski

Dennis Delano may be a hero cop, but his political views and positions are unknown, since he won’t debate or appear anywhere to discuss the issues on voters’ minds. Seriously, Stachowski wins almost by default, and as ranking minority member of the finance committee, he is well-positioned to do a lot of good for WNY and the state-at-large. And if that doesn’t do it for you, Republican Jim Kelly endorses him, too. Website here.

Supreme Court: John Michalek, Tracey Bannister

Michalek is running for his second term. Bannister is the only candidate running who has earned the Erie County Bar Association’s highest ranking – Outstanding. As confidential law clerk to Justice Gorski in Supreme Court and in the Appellate Division, she has the experience and skills needed to be an excellent Justice.

Clarence:

David Donohue for Town Justice

David is running on the WFP line and is an excellent attorney and dedicated deputy town attorney. He is a lifelong resident of the town and very active in the community.

Tim Pazda for Town Board

Tim Pazda is a community juggernaut in his own right. He has volunteered for just about every local committee and charity imaginable, including the bicentennial celebrations this year, and many years with the Clarence Center VFD. He is a member of the planning board and extraordinarily knowledgable about development issues in the town. One of his initiatives was to institute design guidelines for certain areas of town to ensure that development follows the character of the surrounding area. That’s why the Dunkin Donuts at Goodrich & Main won’t be a beige eyesore, and it’s an idea that every community in WNY could learn from. Website here.

No matter what you do, please go out and vote. You may not think that your vote counts when you think, e.g., of the Presidential race – but it sure as hell matters to the downticket candidates.

Buffalo News Endorsements So Far [UPDATED]

29 Oct

President:

Barack Obama (D) (article here)

If Americans want a future where our leaders respond to challenges with judgment and principle, rather than panic and rashness, they will elect Barack Obama president. We recommend they do so.

Our preference for Obama is not based only on matters of character, intelligence and calm. It also flows from his superior positions on such basic issues as war and peace, energy and environment, the economy and taxation, health care and justice.

Fundamentally, Obama does not want us to fear the future, the ever smaller, ever more complicated world, the problems we face and the choices we must make. He most certainly does not want us to be afraid of one another. And Obama does not even want us to be afraid of his rival candidate.

Congress:

NY-26: Alice Kryzan (D) (article here)

Kryzan is having no more of the Bush administration’s nonsense about the solution to every problem being another tax cut for the rich. And she resists the lure of cheap, and environmentally damaging, oil, turning instead to a new, green economy that will not only battle the trends toward climate change but also promise economic benefits to previously troubled areas such as Buffalo and the Great Lakes.

NY-27: Brian Higgins (D)

Higgins is vitally important on those local needs, and he is on the right side of the big issues. He is tired of the United States being played by all sides in the Iraq conflict and upset by what the conduct of the war on terror has done to American values. He favors reasonable regulation for the shattered financial markets and will not be a vote to continue the ruinous Bush tax cuts.

NY-28: Louise Slaughter (D)

As chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee, she is in a good spot to see to the needs of all of Western New York. But, more than that, her position on the important issues facing the nation recommend her to the voters.

Slaughter is a strong voice for facing the threat of climate change through limits on greenhouse emissions, alternative energy sources and efficient autos and power plants. She supports a carefully managed withdrawal from Iraq and a restoration of the constitutional balances that have been upset by the Bush administration’s conduct of the war on terror. She seeks an end to the Bush tax code, which she rightly labels as a blatant redistribution of wealth — from the poor to the rich.

NY-29: Eric Massa (D)

Massa, a Democrat from Corning, favors a tax code that reserves its breaks for those who need them the most, has detailed ideas for a new regulatory system for the financial industry and regrets deeply the damage that has been done to the American military, American security, the American Constitution and American prestige by the misbegotten war in Iraq.

The News really honed in on the Bush-era’s tax cuts for the rich, and how that has practically become the Republican Party’s answer to everything.

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Lee vs. Kryzan

28 Oct

I fondly recall Jack Davis debating Tom Reynolds at this very event two years ago, and if it was anything, it was lively. You had the Washington veteran, with his sense of entitlement and privilege, and you had the curmudgeonly industrialist, with his sense of rage and moral rectitude. They had no problem going after each other, and the crowd loved every minute of it.

Last night’s Lee vs. Kryzan debate was pretty staid, which is to say boring. They never really took each other on in any meaningful way, and instead concentrated on their policy differences – substantive, but hardly exciting. A few things stood out, however.

Kryzan rebutted the charges that she’s going to raise taxes, and she took on the notion that she’s some kind of big-government big-taxer. She’s for efficient government, which was a winning point that Lee never made.

I think Lee has potential, but he seemed nervous and a bit shaky, and he occasionally contradicts himself on issues.

For instance, he advocated for drilling offshore, but then criticized Kryzan’s desire to expand green energy production by saying it would take many years. Well, so would drilling, so what’s the point there?

“Drill baby Drill” is like telling a heroin addict that he needs to find new sources of heroin, rather than coming up with ways to kick the habit. Kryzan’s position is right because if we can find a different way to generate energy and power our transportation needs, then drilling offshore becomes moot.

Lee also tried to make a bold statement by looking at Kryzan and rebutting the charges made in DCCC ads about the sale of his company to ITT. The point in the ad is that the sale of the Lee family company to ITT took place after ITT had been caught and fined selling military secrets. This is a fact. He can claim that Enidine/IMC never sold a secret to China, but the company he sold Enidine to did. Reach your own conclusion as to what, if anything, that means.

But the larger point is that Kryzan didn’t put out those ads. The DCCC did. Kryzan herself hasn’t paid for or “approved this message” of any negative ads attacking Lee, while he trots out the “liberal trial lawyer” nonsense. His ads are pretty dumb, and I think voters are somewhat numb to attacks that are such – cliches. At one point, Kryzan slipped and said “25th” when she meant “26th” district. A dopey misstatement, but a misstatement nonetheless, and I have no doubt that the Republicans will try to make some hay with it about Kryzan not knowing what district she’s running in. Whatever.

But turning back to the issues, they were both predictable. Kryzan’s positions are very similar to those of Barack Obama, while Lee’s are very similar to those of John McCain. On healthcare, on taxation – they’re almost identical.

At its heart, this year is a change election. Change is coming to NY-26 either way, because Tom Reynolds is done. The question now is whether you want the sort of change that Barack Obama is bringing, or whether you go along with the McCain brand of change. Personally, I think we’ve had quite enough of Republican ideology and theorizing, and it hasn’t done the country a whole lot of good.

Tweeting the Clarence Candidates’ Forum

27 Oct



Kryzan Doesn’t Get WFP Line

27 Oct

The campaign’s press release:

Today, the New York State Supreme Court ruled in favor of Christopher Lee’s effort to keep Alice Kryzan from appearing on the Working Family Party line.

Anne Wadsworth, Sr Campaign Advisor said: “This is nothing more than the Republican machine’s attempt to make a mockery of the Democratic process. Jon Powers is not a candidate for Congress, he does not live in the state of New York and therefore by state law is ineligible to appear on the ballot. Clearly Republicans are struggling to come up with a winning message and are therefore playing Karl Rove-like antics in an attempt to steal the election. Alice got into this campaign because she believes that with new leadership we can bring jobs and prosperity back to Western New York. Republicans can play all the political games and use all the smear tactics they want, but we are confident that come November 4th Western New York will see through the mud and elect Alice Kryzan because she represents the positive change we need with integrity and independence.”

You mean someone opposed it?

If it’s Sunday, it’s Hardline with Kevin Hardwick

24 Oct

This Sunday is the big Kryzan-Lee debate.

Next Sunday is the big debate, although Kryzan will be on solo from 11 – 11:30. WBEN on Sunday from 10am – 12pm: AM-930 and wben.com.