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Sep 19th - 4:11 pm
The man who became a household name in the 1950s, and seriously challenged Elvis Presley’s domnance on the Billboard charts after recording a buttoned-down version of Fats Domino’s “Ain’t That A Shame”, says he’s now singing the praises of republican congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle, who is locked in a tight re-election race against former democratic congressman Dan Maffei.
Pat Boone, at 78, is the national spokesman for the 60 Plus Association, a group that offers itself up as an alternative to AARP, which it claims has betrayed the nation’s seniors in its support of the Affordable Health Care Act. They claim that has jeopardized the future of senior health care.
The group is chaired by Jim Martin, a one time reporter and former congressional aide who, according to his bio, “He has helped to organize and direct several advocacy groups including the National Conservative Political Action Committee (NCPAC) and the Public Service Research Council (PSRC) (Americans Against Union Control of Government), which opposes public sector compulsory unionism as a threat to elected representation.”
60 Plus launched a bus tour after the GOP Convention in Tampa, traveling through several swing states before its first stop in New York. Martin says the group wanted to support Buerkle as one of their “staunchest supporters”.
In his written statement, Boone says, “I’m still singing at concerts, but I’m also singing the praises of Ann Marie Buerkle. Seniors can depend on Ann Marie Buerkle.”
Democrats say Buerkle and other republicans are trying to force deep cuts and serious changes that threaten the future of Social Security and Medicare.
Sep 5th - 2:10 pm
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She said…he said….he said…they said….she said.
It’s an unfolding brouhaha over comments by state democratic party co-chair, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner. Last week, at a party rally, the mayor was quoted by the Syracuse Post-Standard presenting a laundry list of complaints over republican positions . She added:
“They are a party of hatred that wraps up their hatred in clever 30-second sound bites.”
The first to complain about the remarks was state GOP Chair Ed Cox who demanded an apology.
Now, the chairman of the Onondaga County republican party, Tom Dadey, says Miner should make a choice. Does she want to be mayor or the state party co-chair. Dadey says her blast at republicans has fouled the atmosphere as the city seeks help in dealing with its fiscal crisis.
“Who’s she going to lean to? Right now, Congress is controlled by the republicans. Right now, the State Senate is controlled by the republicans. Right now, county government and the county legislature is controlled by the republicans. So, she needs to work with folks on the other side of the aisle. Something she has proven, time and time again, she has a difficult time doing”, Dadey said.
The issue is also bubbling now in the race for Congress in the new 24th District. Republican incumbent Ann Marie Buerkle was the direct target of Miner’s assault on GOP positions. She’s demanding that her democratic opponent, Dan Maffei, repudiate the remarks.
“It’s unfortunate that our Mayor of Syracuse cannot differentiate between her own agenda and that of the people of Syracuse. Ms. Miner’s words were not representative of the 12,000 Republicans who reside in her city. Her divisive remarks do nothing to encourage a healthy debate on the issues we face in Upstate New York, and I think Dan Maffei has a duty to the people in this district, on both sides of the aisle, to denounce her extremely partisan language. Perhaps, the mayor’s time would be better spent addressing Syracuse’s current fiscal situation.”
Maffei did not criticize the mayor but steered clear of the dispute at a news conference on education spending. His comment?
“I’m about working together. I can’t speak for the mayor, but I can speak for myself. I want to reach out to republicans and I have. I did that when I was in office. I would continue to do that again , going back. You know, we need to get things done. We need to drop our party labels in order to do that.”
Maffei spoke at that same rally as Miner, although a reporter termed his speech, “less strident”.
Miner, for her part is not apologizing and not ready to give up her new party job or the mayor’s office/ She issued a statement this afternoon:
“Today, New York voters are hearing nothing new from our local and state Republican leaders. They continue to talk about words and rhetoric while Democrats are talking about substance and policy. Why does the GOP refuse to talk about solutions? Because they have none. They are trying to defend an indefensible record: protecting tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, dismantling Medicare, and celebrating HR3-which redefines rape and tries to take away a woman’s right to choose. We need to focus on what the GOP didn’t say. We are offering solutions, creating jobs, delivering a new green energy economy, giving students the opportunities and the financing they need to succeed, fighting climate change, and defending the rights of women to live and work without discrimination. This campaign needs to be about action and not talk. I and our Democratic leaders are committed to action.”
Jun 22nd - 11:45 am
Congressman Bob Turner’s attempt to show support for the city of Syracuse in its budget travails is drawing fire from Onondaga County’s GOP chairman.
Turner’s campaign issued a statement saying….
“…Turner today warned President Barack Obama that many more cities, including Syracuse, NY, and counties, including Nassau and Rockland, will face effective bankruptcy within two or three years if the U.S. economy is allowed to slip back into a recession. Syracuse will be dead broke within two years, its mayor Stephanie Miner announced yesterday, if it doesn’t get financial relief…
…We know the problems and they are serious,” Congressman Turner said. “Years of overspending and exorbitant pension costs, compounded by a staggering recession, have left many of our local governments on life support. But now we need to focus on solutions as a nation. We cannot raise taxes — that will only further weaken a debilitated economy — so we must adopt a pro-growth national agenda to create the tax revenue to stabilize teetering municipalities. If we were to slip back into a recession, it would be devastating to municipalities that are only getting by week-by-week today.”
The statement evoked some criticism from Tom Dadey, who heads the Onondaga County republican party and was the first republican leader to back Turner rival Wendy Long’s bid for the Senate.
Turner has been MIA in the Syracuse area during the campaign (perhaps because of the lack of support among party leaders in the area). Dadey, referring back to a brief campaign blip over the Turner campaign’s misspelling of Binghamton in an announcement of a visit there..(the spelling given was “Binghampton”)…says, “The one positive thing is, he knows how to spell Syracuse correctly.”
Dadey went on to blast the Turner statement saying it simply calls for more government spending, not tax and spending cuts.
Jessica Proud, a Turner spokeswoman offered this response…..
“We welcome Mr. Dadey’s input, but urge him to actually read Congressman Turner’s statement. The congressman is urging the President to cut spending and taxes so that cities like Syracuse can regrow their business base. No Republican chairman can responsibly disagree with that. If we don’t move this economy forward with a pro-job-growth federal agenda, cities and counties across New York are going to be in trouble.”
May 23rd - 2:40 pm
Wendy Long was appearing in the Syracuse area, speaking to republican women, when news arrived that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani had endorsed her Senate primary opponent Bob Turner.
Long congratulated Turner on the endorsement, but says her endorsements across the state far outweigh the Giuliani recommendation.
“I don’t think it has an impact beyond the folks in the City, who were already big fans of Bob’s, as I am. My husband and I have supported him in his congressional run. Good for him. It was a good thing to do. I still think that Mayor Giuliani is incorrect that that translates into the probability of victory in a statewide race of this type. So, he’s entitled to his opinion. I haven’t heard the reasoning behind it. But, I certainly disagree with it.”
May 23rd - 2:39 pm
Onondaga County’s republican chairman is critical of democratic Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner’s decision to accept the role of co-chair of the state democratic committee.
Tom Dadey says the new job will distract the mayor from work she should be doing in her full time job.
“Like a lot of other people, including her colleagues on the Common Council, her democratic colleagues on the council, there’s a bit of surprise with that. She was elected to be the full time mayor of the city of Syracuse. So, it begs the question. Is she running for re-election, or is she more concerned about politics? Is she concerned about governing and leading the city of Syracuse and doing what’s right for the taxpayers of the city of Syracuse, and doing what’s right for the residents and taxpayers in the city, or is she concerned about doing politics?”
Dadey referred to comments from the democratic majority whip of the council, Pat Hogan, who told the Syracuse Post-Standard, “It seems to me it would be a lot of work. I would have thought being mayor of Syracuse is sort of a full-time job.”
Dadey also wonders if the appointment is a signal Miner may not seek a second term. The mayor has given every indication that she does plan to run for re-election in 2013, but says an announcement of that candidacy now is “premature”.