October 7, 2009
Dear Congressman Tonko:
When you were an assemblyman you were one of the best. Whenever there was an issue facing the city of Schenectady you always took the lead and spoke out on behalf of those in need.
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That’s the kind of Congressman we know you are too. That’s why we’re praying you’ll vote no to all this health care takeover insanity that has everyone so afraid.
Yes we need reform but this is too much too fast. Let’s start with allowing companies to sell across state lines. Or how how about keeping down insanely high hospital costs, ($100 for an Advil?) and frivolous lawsuits.
Thank you for reading this, you and your family are in our prayers.
September 9, 2009
It certainly isn’t the best of times but at least it isn’t the worst either.
This is not a tale of two cities. It’s a tale of two congressional districts, near Albany New York, and how Town Halls are run in each of them.
Then there’s his neighbor to the north Scott Murphy,(D-NY20) who toured his district like a rock star. He even did two town halls on labor day.
Why do these two men take such an opposite strategy when doing their required Town Hall Meetings? I suspect it has more to do with Democrats pulling the strings in Washington than their personalities. After all Paul Tonko can afford to hide in his deep blue “yellow dog” Democratic District. But Scott Murphy may face a very hard rematch in 2010 against Republican challenger Jim Tedisco. So he pounds the pavement during the summer while Tonko can afford to hide.
To make matters worse The Times Union is fawning at Scott Murphy’s every move.
Murphy, D-Glens Falls, said he’d never seen so many signs. His calm demeanor helped keep the crowd from disintegrating into a shouting match. A few couldn’t keep their emotions in check and disrupted Murphy’s analysis of a House bill, H.R. 3200, which attempts to address the problem of more than 40 million uninsured Americans while holding the line on escalating health care costs.
Murphy voiced support for additional options for health insurance. He said he favors a “value-based pricing” model of health care delivery rather than the current “transaction model” that forces physicians to rush patients through an assembly-line system to boost reimbursements. He spoke like the former venture capitalist and small business owner he is.
Oh please, spare us. Perhaps the best thing about this tale is, now that Congress will be back in session, it’s finally over.
August 30, 2009
Poor Congressman Paul Tonko from Amsterdam! (D-NY21) He thought he could just sit back and relax his first term in office.
Then along came those pesky town hall meetings and those darn phlab tea party protesters who had the nerve to ask questions!
Mr. Tonko thought perhaps he could get by with just a town hall by phone.
Cue the buzzer! Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzit!
Not with WGY‘s Al Roney twisting his arm every day.
No, Tonko was going to have to hold a real town hall meeting. To make matters worse he would have to give more than 24 hours notice so people might actually show up to the thing. Imagine that!
And show up they did! IN DROVES!
Poor Town Hall Tonko could hardly get ten words in edgewise. In other words he got spanked.
He did that because he could get away with it. After all, he was a democrat in a dark blue district in the heart of ultra blue New York State!
McNulty and now Tonko’s district includes The City of Albany. A city so democratic it’s considered to be the unofficial sixth Borough of New York City. Even though Albany is 150 miles up the river from the rest of NYC it’s still considered to be a part of it as it is the state capitol.
In fact it might be easier to find a white man living in a remote part of China than to find a Republican living in the city of Albany NY!
(At this point I was going to say “It’s easier to find a black man in China than find a Republican in Albany,” but someone might accuse me of being a racist. Although for the record, my wife and I spent two weeks in China and we only saw one person of color while we were there-but I digress.)
With all the publicity around the special election between Jim Tedisco and Scott Murphy you might think Murphy’s district covers the entire Capital District of New York. That would be wrong. It only covers half of it.
The other half is Paul Tonko’s district which includes the City of Albany. And sad to say this is the district I live in.
But don’t feel sorry for me, fellow conservatives, all is not lost. In my lifetime I’ve seen a man walk on the moon. I’ve seen a man from Poland become the pope. And I’ve seen the iron curtain fall. Who knows, Lord willing, I just might live long enough to see a Republican win in New York’s 21st Congressional District!
Hey! I’m a Christian! We believe in miracles!
Besides with the way BAMA is messing things up 2010 or perhaps 2012 could be the year for miracles! SHOUT AMEN SOMEBODY!
August 27, 2009
Wednesday Aug 26, 2009
Someone who spoke last night called “Daybreak with Steve and Jackie” on WROW.
He said CODE PINK was there last night accosting everyone who spoke out against the Obama Health plan the second they stepped off the podium.
CODE PINK! Why are these people backing BAMA’s plan on health care? Haven’t they realized he lied to them all back when he promised all the peaceniks he’d end the war? If Obama was lying back then, what makes them believe he’s telling the truth now about his health plan?
What the flaming fruitcake people!
August 26, 2009
Once again it seems like two organizations covering the same event were not in the same building. Capital News Nine had their reality while the Albany Times Union had theirs.
In universe one Capital News Nine said their town hall meeting crowd “was behaved with only a few incidents.”
The crowd was split with 60% pro Obama’s plan and 40% against.
Meanwhile the T.U. made it sound like there was pandemonium at their town hall meeting with poor Congressman Tonko barely able to get a word in edgewise.
Plus super-kudos to radio station WGY’s Al Roney for getting Congressman Tonko to finally hold a real town hall meeting.
August 17, 2009
We have two papers that cover the entire Albany, Schenectady, Troy, region, The Daily Gazette and The Albany Times Union. Both papers appeared at the opening of Congressman Paul Tonko‘s Schenectady office.
Here’s how the Daily Gazette covered it . . .
“Office Opening Turns Into Impromptu Debate
More than two dozen residents greeted Congressman Paul Tonko with pointed questions about health care Monday when he opened his new office at City Hall.
The crowd appeared split, with slightly more than half in favor of a public health care plan and the rest vehemently opposed to it. Tonko, D-Amsterdam, had planned to simply hold an open house Monday, but he turned it into an hour-long debate over health care instead, taking questions from the crowd and often debating with them…”
Now here’s how the Times Union covered the same event.
We wondered if the protesters recently crashing Senator and House member town hall-style meetings, people who are against President Obama’s health care proposal, would descend on 21st Rep. Democrat Paul Tonko’s open house today held at his new office in Schenectady City Hall.
There were groups there pushing Obama’s plan, but there appeared to be no angry people in the bunch. Well, at least not angry at Tonko.”
Were they really in the same room? No mention of any debate in the TU article. Also notice they also give town hall protesters a cheap shot! Looks to me like the bias in the local media is bordering on schizophrenia!
August 13, 2009
Well here it is. I’m going to give credit where it’s due. My congressman finally held a town hall meeting.