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Appleton Returns #DSCC Money, Stands on Principle #SD59 #NYSen

27 Oct

While former Sheriff and Tom Reynolds ally Pat Gallivan dukes it out with Islamophobic/xenophobic ignorant birther David DiPietro, Cynthia Appleton has been mounting a competent campaign focusing on issues and ethics.  Her strengths on these points is highlighted by the press release shown below, explaining why she returned a campaign contribution she received from the corrupt and execrable New York State Democratic Senate Campaign Committee.

DiPietro is a shameful embarrassment to himself and his supporters, including his erstwhile ones, like Carl Paladino.  David DiPietro is also overdue in submitting pre-General Election financial disclosure information to the Board of Elections.  Gallivan may be a good cop, but he is a Reynolds ally and is the thankfully-departing Dale Volker’s pick to succeed him. He’s received an exorbitant amount of money from Republican apparatchiki, including minority leader Dean Skelos.  (In other words, Gallivan would merely be Skelos’ puppet in a Republican majority).

Cynthia Appleton, on the other hand, is someone who works in the private sector and isn’t a career politician or serial candidate.  She hasn’t insulted entire swaths of the population of the state of New York, and she is principled.

Cynthia Appleton, candidate for the State Senate in the 59th District, announced today that she received a contribution yesterday from the New York Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, and that she is returning the DSCC money.  “In light of last week’s very troubling report of the the State Inspector General about the conduct of some members of the State Senate leadership regarding the AEG bid, this is not money I can accept,” Appleton stated.  “I also want to make it clear that I could not in good conscience vote for anyone under investigation for a leadership position once I become a Senator.  I have spent this campaign talking to voters about reforming Albany not because it’s a campaign tactic, but because it’s what I believe we must do.”  Appleton is running on a platform that includes calling for real ethics reforms, so that legislators won’t be able to police themselves anymore, independent non-partisan redistricting, term limits, and greater transparency in Senate conduct.  “I will not bring any conflicts of interest to Albany with me, because I will make serving the people of the 59th District my only job. I will retire from my career as a nurse and make the work of representing the voters my only concern.  No outside income, no clients, no ulterior motives,” Appleton said.

Here is a debate that Channel 2 held featuring all 3 candidates for this Volker seat. For instance, when asked a question: how would you help create jobs in WNY, Gallivan talked about Albany corruption, spending, and franking privileges.  Disgraceful DiPietro basically just calls Gallivan an asshole, and complains about the fact that dry cleaners like his are regulated (because of the toxins they use).  Cynthia Appleton actually answers the question.


Here is Cynthia’s introductory video:


Please contribute to Appleton’s campaign so she can make up the tainted DSCC money she returned.  Make a difference for the suburban and rural SD-59 district that needs principled, sane leadership and representation.


DiPietro Fights to Remain on November Ballot #SD-59 #WNYVotes

24 Sep

I’m sitting right now in New York State Supreme Court, in Justice Drury’s part, listening to argument in the case involving state senate candidate in SD-59 David DiPietro.

There are two attorneys representing DiPietro, who is present with about 10 supporters in the gallery.  The plaintiff’s table has two lawyers up front and three behind, one of whom is a former (current?) Dale Volker staff member.

If successful, there may very well be a three-way race for SD-59 on the Republicanish side, with Cynthia Appleton the sole Democrat in the race.

In order for DiPietro to qualify for the ballot on an independent line he created, he needs 3,000 valid signatures. The NYS Board of Elections determined that he’s 423 signatures short, but staffers raised it to over 600, citing some sort of mathematical error.

The issue being litigated has to do with the rule that you can only sign one nominating petition for a particular race, and the first one you sign is the only one that counts. Evidently, some people who had signed someone else’s nominating petitions later changed their minds and, while they couldn’t sign DiPietro’s petitions, they thought the law held that they could carry the petitions and sign them as witnesses.

Attorneys for the State BOE and Pat Gallivan argue that recent changes to the law held that residency requirements for witnesses had been declared unconstitutional and changed in subsequent litigation, but that once you sign a petition, you can’t witness anyone else’s in the same race.

Attorneys for Dave DiPietro (Peter Reese and Jim Ostrowski) argue that the rule is inapplicable to carrying and witnessing a petition, and furthermore is a violation of the carriers’ first amendment rights to free political speech.

There is a case from 1983 being cited to stand for the proposition that once you sign, you can’t carry for someone else.  DiPietro’s counsel argues that it cites language that has been removed in the statute in 2009 and is irrelevant in light of recent changes.   Ostrowski asks for permission to brief this matter at 2pm and the judge granted him that opportunity.

The Independence Party: Independent from Steve Pigeon?

20 Jul

Permit me to preface this post by re-stating my profound hatred for fusion voting in general and the Independence Party in particular.

I was flabbergasted yesterday to receive a press release from Assemblyman Sam Hoyt announcing that he had received the endorsement of the New York State Independence Party. Anyone with even a passing knowledge of local politics knows two things: (a) Steve Pigeon has become the de facto go-to guy for IP endorsements locally; and (b) Steve Pigeon and Sam Hoyt hate each other with a passion unbridled and would go to the ends of the Earth to destroy each other.

Not only that, but Bill Stachowski in SD-58 and Jim Domagalski in SD-59.

Joe Golombek is challenging Sam Hoyt in A-144, and it’s no secret that he’s aligned himself with Mayor Brown, who is aligned with Grassroots, which is aligned with Steve Pigeon, who is supposed to be the guy who controls whom the IP endorses. Golombek’s website already touted his IP endorsement. So did Kennedy’s.

Tim Kennedy is challenging Bill Stachowski in SD-58, and it’s no secret that he’s aligned himself with Chris Collins, who has aligned himself with Grassroots and Steve Pigeon, who is supposed to be the guy who controls whom the IP endorses.

One could almost argue that Golombek’s and Kennedy’s entire campaign strategy in terms of whom they’ve aligned themselves with have been completely blown to shreds in the last 24 hours.

In SD-59, it’s a Republican war going on between the tea party factions, Tom Reynolds, and Chris Collins. DiPietro is supposed to be the tea party guy, but now Ostrowski and his 2 supporters have turned on him, so he’s only got the support of the Rus Thompson faction. Domagalski is the Chris Collins pick, and Pat Gallivan is the revenge of Tom Reynolds. In the end, Domagalski got the IP nod, giving his campaign a boost.

Indeed, the conventional wisdom behind getting the IP line is that it gives party-line adherents an opportunity to throw you a vote without having to fill in a box with an “R” or “D” next to it. Here, it also ensures that the candidate is still around in November, regardless of what happens at the polls in the primary races in September.

For Sam Hoyt and Bill Stachowski to get the IP endorsement is a huge coup for them both, and seems to significantly undercut Steve Pigeon’s power in local electoral politics. I’m sure he’s owed enough favors that he’ll find a way to get himself and his friends jobs some other way. But it seems that there are people in this state who currently enjoy exponentially more political clout than Pedro Espada’s patronage hire.