Shooting For Dollars (Updated)
A reader forwarded this invite for an upcoming fundraiser being co-hosted for Assemblyman Steve Katz’s re-election bid by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell.
The event is being held tomorrow at the Paladin Center in Carmel, which, according to its website, is a “professional and continuing education venue specializing in public safety and tactical defense training built on Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, and Department of Defense protocols.
The center offers courses in everything from “practical homocide investigation” to “advanced urban sniper” techniques. to krav magna training for police officers.
The fundraiser will feature (as you can see by the invite) live SWAT and emergency response demonstrations, and sponsors will be given a private tour of the facility.
There’s a decidedly Tea Party/Libertarian bent to this invite, which was sent out by the Westchester County GOP this morning, with the levels of sponsorship listed as Patriot, ($500), Constitutionalist ($1,000) Founding Father ($2,500) and Ambassadors ($4,100).
Apparently, there’s also going to be a shooting component to this event.
The same reader emailed over a screen grab of some comments posted to a Facebook page created for tomorrow’s event by the Assemblyman’s wife, Nicole Katz, in which she said there would be “dinner, drinks, pistol and rifle shooting and more” at the “very special, one-of-a-kind” get together. Her comments were accompanied by the photo that appears at left.
“From their rooftop range, guests will have the opportunity to shoot: AK-47′s, Patrol Rifles, M4′s, and a variety of Glock’s (sic)! $200 per person $250 per couple,” Nicole Katz wrote. “VIP $500 sponsorship also includes sit in participation of live demonstrations of Paladin’s unique Force Simulator, Emergency Simulation Demonstrations with virtual drug raid simulation, terrorist response demonstration, flash bang demos, safety gear.”
The reference to “rooftop shooting” was subsequently removed, although not from the comments section. (Odd, since Nicole Katz is hardly one to shy away from controversy).
This event will no doubt raise some eyebrows, coming so close to the Aurora, Colo, tragedy.
It’s also interesting that Skelos is stepping in to help Katz, who intially planned to primary his fellow Republican, Sen. Greg Ball, in what was shaping up to be one of the more bizarre contests of this election cycle, but then decided to drop his challenge and seek re-election instead.
So, is this a “thank-you” from Skelos to Katz for saving the Senate Republicans from having to spend campaign cash to defend Ball at a time when they need every cent in its quest to retain the majority?
UPDATE: According to The Journal News, which quotes the owner of Paladin, Felix Cartano, saying: “There will be no shooting of live guns on the rooftop.” (They’ve also got a photo of Nicole Katz posing on her Facebook page holding a
rifle shotgun and wearing an American flag tank top and short jean shorts).
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