Friday, February 02, 2007

Late Night Special Election Snacks

Look at this piece of republican trash...they call a political brochure......they have absolutely no respect for those that died on 9/11 or the servicemen that continue to give their lives for this country...Maureen is going to lose this election....how desperate and low can a campaign go with this kind of crap...andy





"Hyperbole in the 7th Senate District race reaches Code Orange with the O'Connell campaign now claiming that she'll protect us all from terrorist attack (as one of 212 state legislators, mind you) and Johnson will not. Hat tip to Benjamin at the Times-Union."(Newsday Spin Cycle)..........here is Liz's original piece "The opening line of Maureen O’Connell’s campaign flyer, which casts her as someone “with homeland security experience,” might leave you wondering if you’d missed some big news. The mailer states that “The Department of Homeland Security has raised New York’s threat level to “Orange” — indicating a “high risk of terrorist attack.”
Turns out, it’s about one-third accurate.
New York’s threat level isn’t orange. It’s yellow. And it’s set by the state Office of Homeland Security, not the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
If the flyer meant to talk about New York City, the Big Apple is indeed at “orange,” but the implication that this is some new development isn’t so. The city, according to the state Office of Homeland Security, has been at that level since shortly after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Nor is the city’s threat level set by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security or, for that matter, the state office; it’s done by the NYPD and the city’s Office of Emergency Management, according to the state.
Other than that, the sentence is fine: orange does indicate “a high risk of terrorist attack.” When are the republicans going to stop using 9/11 for their own political purposes....Bush...Pataki....it just never ends........and Gov. Eliot Spitzer will campaign with Demcratic 7th SD candidate Craig Johnson Monday (7:15 a.m. Great Neck train station). The two of them are also scheduled to drop by some Super Bowl parties Sunday night.
Spitzer will then avail himself of a state-funded aircraft to whisk back to Albany in time for a 1 p.m. press conference Monday with education advocates (methinks I smell a CFE story).......don't think so Liz...Pataki would have rented a private jet and billed the state.......and Mondello is upset there is a better organized group of campaign workers than his motley crew.....so what does he do??? level stupid charges............"Things are really heating up in the 7th SD.
On the heels of the Spitzer administration’s allegation that Republican Maureen O’Connell may have broken the law by using the Homeland Sceurity Office seal, state GOP Chairman Joseph Mondello is charging that Democrat Craig Johnson “purchased” the WFP line for $225,000.
Mondello says Johnson’s campaign filing shows he gave the WFP $55,000 on the same day he landed the party’s ballot line.
According to Johnson’s filing, the sum in question went to the WFP on Jan. 16 - the same day the party filed its certificate of nomination and authorization for Johnson at the Nassau County Board of Elections.
The party’s executive committee voted to
endorse Johnson on Jan. 10.
Mondello also says Johnson’s committee “and his supporters” have given another $170,000 to the WF’s housekeeping account. Johnson sent the party two more infusions of $55,000 - one on Jan. 23 and another on Jan. 29.
Also on Jan. 23, Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s campaign committee, Spitzer 2006, transferred $60,000 to the WFP.
The WFP is doing field work for for Johnson, knocking on doors, dropping literature etc. It has also loaned its spokesman Alex Navarro, to Johnson’s campaign.
Mondello called the timing of the contributions “highly suspicious,” and said he had asked Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice (a Democrat) to determine “if the payments to the Working Families Party by Johnson and his supporters were in exchange for the party’s endorsement in the special election,” noting that would be a felony (if true).
“Governor Eliot Spitzer and his hand-picked candidate Craig Johnson look like they’re trying to have it both ways,” Mondello said in a press release. “Spitzer and Johnson are pushing for campaign finance reform and ethics reform while they and their supporters apparently are pumping massive infusions of cash into the only minor political party that was persuaded to give Johnson an added ballot line in the special election.”
(snip)
“How far will Governor Spitzer and Craig Johnson go to try to “steamroll” their way to victory in the special election?”
UPDATE: Mondello aide Anthony Santino sent over a press release from the Suffolk County WFP Chairman Chuck Pohanka, who is requesting a federal investigating into the circumstances surrounding the party’s endorsement of Johnson.
Meanwhile, WFP Executive Director Dan Cantor called in with a response to Mondello’s allegation:
“A lecture on ethics from Joe Mondello, who graduated from the Alfonse D’Amato school of campaign sleeze, is not exactly persuasive.”
Asked whether the WFP had, in fact, “sold” its line to Johnson, Cantor first refused to “dignify that with a response,” and then said:
“We’ve endorsed in something like 2,800 races over the last nine years, and 2,750 times we endorsed the Democrat. For anyone to be surprised that we endorsed a Democrat in such an important election where the candidates are so clearly differentiated is preposterous.”
As for Pohanka, Cantor dismissed him as “a Republican operative,” adding: “This is a Republican political hit job and it’s silly.” meanwhile Maureen's pr crew got caught using a phony nys homeland security seal....how pathetic can things get..........State Homeland Security Office spokesman Dennis Michalski slammed GOP 7th SD candidate Maureen O’Connell for using a “falsified state seal” in her campaign mailer, saying the move was “inappropriate” if not outright illegal.
“It is completely inappropriate for a political candidate to use a falsified state seal in the context of a political campaign. Politicizing state security issues is inappropriate and trivializes the law enforcement efforts of New York’s office of Homeland Security,” Michalski said. “We direct the campaign and candidate to the following passage from New York’s penal law that identifies such actions as arguably illegal.”

Here’s the passage in question:
§ 190.25. Criminal impersonation in the second degree
A person is guilty of criminal impersonation in the second degree when he:
1. Impersonates another and does an act in such assumed character with intent to obtain a benefit or to injure or defraud another; or
2. Pretends to be a representative of some person or organization and does an act in such pretended capacity with intent to obtain a benefit or to injure or defraud another; or
3. (a) Pretends to be a public servant, or wears or displays without authority any uniform, badge, insignia or facsimile thereof by which such public servant is lawfully distinguished, or falsely expresses by his words or actions that he is a public servant or is acting with approval or authority of a public agency or department; and (b) so acts with intent to induce another to submit to such pretended official authority, to solicit funds or to otherwise cause another to act in reliance upon that pretense. Criminal impersonation in the second degree is a class A misdemeanor.
UPDATE: O’Connell campaign spokesman Mike Arens (on loan from the Senate Republicans) responded:
“The law was not broken. If there should be any concern about a law that was broken, it should be about buying the WFP line. This is obviously Craig Johnson’s harebrained response to a real accusation made by the Working Families Party chairman in Suffolk County.” ...............and Liz proclaims
Amazing What A Little JT Can Do "Here’s Gov. Eliot Spitzer at last night’s “blograiser” for Democratic 7th CD candidate Craig Johnson, during which the governor’s new theme song was played, and he made reference to his now-infamous “steamroller” comment.
“I’m not saying what I ever did or didn’t say. But you know, it’s amazing how quoting a little James Taylor can get you in trouble. It’s such a nice placid type of music.”
(James Taylor, of course, was among the performers at Spitzer’s inauguration concert - a fact I totally forgot until a reader reminded me yesterday. It feels like Jan. 1 was ages ago).
Spitzer also left no question about whether he wants to help the Democrats wrest the state Senate from Republican hands.
“We’re going to make ourselves a national leader, but we can do it only, only if we take back the Senate; it’s that simple,” Spitzer said. “That’s why the race on Tuesday, which Craig is going to win, is so unbelievably important. We have to keep this progress going in the right direction.”
Spitzer said he was told last summer by some “very smart erudite folks up in Albany who’ve been there maybe a little too long - a lot of folks fit into that category,” that it wasn’t the role of a governor to get involved in Senate races.
“I looked at them, and I said, ‘Why not? Explain this to me. I believe in what I’m saying. I believe in what we’re going to do. I want to fight for every seat. I’m going to work with you after Nov. 7, and we’ll be collegial, and we’ll do what’s right for the public. But every time there’s a race, every time there’s a seat, I will get out there and tell the public what I think.’”
The video was first posted at
The Albany Project, which was one of the sponsors of last night’s event".........way to go Eliot...and more Republican trash......."Here’s Republican 7th SD candidate Maureen O’Connell’s latest campaign mailer, which seeks not only to scare voters into supporting her, but also to link her with the man who held the seat she’s running for: Michael Balboni, former chair of the Senate’s homeland security committee and now Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s deputy secretary for public safety.
The piece even includes a photo of O’Connell and Balboni together. (View after the jump).
I’m not sure what “security expertise” they’re talking about here. Last I checked, O’Connell was a registered nurse - a fact about which SEIU/1199, her biggest union backer, (which is not behind this mailer), has been making much in the mailers and radio/TV ads it has produced on O’Connell’s behalf.
The way this is written, with an emphasis on Israel and O’Connell’s support of the Jewish community, it seems likely it was sent to Jewish households.
If that’s the case, however, it must have been sent out before her
endorsement earlier this week by The Jewish Press, since that’s not mentioned here.
This is the second time in less than a year that Osama bin Laden has played a role in a New York political campaign.............here are a few reader's remarks to this article......."Obviously, Uncle Joe(Mondello) is scared to death. This is so laughable that I suspect that even Republican households will get a chuckle out of the mailing.
Beachgoers, grab your flip flops and your kids and run for your lives! Al Quada’s plans to land on the shores of Long Island will make the Invasion at Normandy look like a tea party!!!!!!
Oh wait! The enemy doesn’t realize that we’ve got a secret weapon: THE STEAMROLLER!!!! Al Quada is DOOMED!!!!! Summer season at Jones beach will be saved. Whew! and "O’Connell clearly got a poll back that has her several points behind, otherwise she wouldn’t have stooped to this low a level. Didn’t the NY GOP figure it out from last November’s election that these types of silly scare tactics don’t work anymore?
I predict a Johnson win by 10 points judging by the desperation of O’Connell’s campaign. " and "How nice…using Mr. Balboni and a State agency logo in a political peice of literature. Doesn’t look ethical to me………." and finally “I’m not sure what “security expertise” they’re talking about here. Last I checked, O’Connell was a registered nurse”
lol ............could I make this stuff up???? andy

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