Tag Archives: Corwin

The Corwin Order

24 May

You may have heard this afternoon that the poorly managed Corwin campaign went to court to ensure that they can more carefully scrutinize paper ballots excluded from the machine count and do what Republicans always do when they’re afraid – minimize the number of valid ballots. Although returns will be counted and announced as usual, no result can be certified until at least Thursday, when Judge Buscaglia holds a hearing and makes a decision.

Here is what was filed today:

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Corwin’s Second Tracker’s Tape Revealed!

19 May

Erie County Republican Party Chairman Nick Langworthy apparently found a new battery for his video camera. Here is the previously unreleased footage from the 2nd, female tracker sent by Jane Corwin to antagonize her 78 year-old opponent, Jack “You Want Punched Out?” Davis.

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Corwin: Job Creation at Age 4? (Also: HOCHUL LEADING) (UPDATED)

9 May

The Buffalo News finally picked up on something that I Tweeted about 3 weeks ago, yet still managed to get the facts a bit wrong.

According to the Buffalo News,

Corwin, a full-time mother of three, also “spent 36 years as a successful businesswoman” before being elected to the Assembly in 2008.

But since the Republican congressional candidate was 44 when she won election to the Assembly, that would mean she’s been a “successful businesswoman” since age 8.

“How can she have been a successful businesswoman for 36 years before she went into the Assembly when she was only 44 in 2008,” asked Curtis W. Ellis, spokesman for Jack Davis, the Tea Party candidate.

“Exaggeration is not unheard of in politics, but this is taking it to an extreme,” added Leonard R. Lenihan, chairman of the Erie County Democratic Party and a supporter of Kathleen C. Hochul, that party’s candidate.

Corwin, now 47, sticks by her claim, saying she’s worked much of her life in her family business — doing everything from delivering the Talking Phone Book as a child to proofreading its pages as a teenager, and from marketing it as a vice president when returning from college to making strategic decisions as secretary-treasurer of the board in subsequent years.

Corwin became an Assemblywoman in 2008, but Corwin’s family sold the Talking Phone Book business to Hearst in 2004. That means she was a “successful businesswoman” at the age of 4, not 8.

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I’ve heard of resume padding before, but it’s quite a stretch on the one hand to say you were delivering phonebooks at the age of 4, and another to count that as being a “successful businesswoman” with a record of “job creation”. Also, people who pad their resumes are untrustworthy liars. So, there’s that.

Furthermore, whether it’s the age of 4 or the age of 8, Corwin’s own campaign biography features this:

Jane started in the family business as a teenager, working out of the family garage to deliver phone books to residences after school and on weekends. During summers and holiday vacations from college, she could be found working in the family business offices.

Neither the ages of 4 nor 8 count as “teenage” years. And the 36 years thing has been used often in Corwin’s press.

It’s such a stupid and silly little lie, fed to you to make it seem as if Corwin has more know-how and experience than she really does. But if she’ll make stuff up and lie about something as silly as whether she delivered phone books at the age of 4, 8, 11, or in her “teenage years”, what else will she feel comfortable lying about?

Furthermore, while adding years to a padded resume with her family firm, she has completely omitted from her campaign biography that time when she worked for some Wall Street sharks.

While Corwin’s claim of a 36-year business career has attracted the most attention, an omission on her congressional candidacy website biography also has her opponents talking.

Corwin’s Assembly biography includes her job as research director — from 1987 to 1990 — for Henry Ansbacher Inc., a Wall Street financial brokerage firm.

Corwin was “responsible for valuation, analysis and presentation of client businesses for sale,” according to the Assembly biography.

But that job is not mentioned in Corwin’s congressional candidacy biography, leading some to wonder whether she is trying to distance herself from Ansbacher’s reputation for helping large media conglomerates gobble up small family-owned newspapers during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

“They were predators, snapping up family-owned newspapers,” Sidney “Skip” Bliss of Wisconsin’s Gazette Newspaper Group said, recalling sentiments expressed about Ansbacher during a 1990 seminar held for small newspapers looking for ways to defend themselves against corporate sharks.

“I took offense with the way they were intentionally breaking up family businesses,” Bliss said of Ansbacher. “It seemed like it was kind of a dirty business to me.”

Corwin disagreed with the characterization of Ansbacher as a predatory firm.

“I don’t think that’s accurate,” she said. “We were intermediaries that brought together buyers and sellers of media companies,” she said.

Corwin said she didn’t include Ansbacher in her candidate biography because she felt her professional experience with her family business was more relevant to her candidacy than the four years she spent at Ansbacher, where she worked while taking graduate courses at Pace University.

Finally, turning to the Corwin Family Foundation: as I posted about some weeks ago, it’s listed on her campaign website and gives money almost exclusively to Boston College and the Nichols School, started giving $500 to the schools in Corwin’s Assembly district after her election. According to the News article, the money donated to public schools originally came from a state grant.

As a side note, it is now breaking that a PPP Poll to be released any minute now will show that Kathy Hochul is in the lead.

UPDATE:  The poll is up and shows Hochul at 35%, Corwin at 31%, Davis at 24%, and Murphy at 2%. MOE is +/- 3%.