ACORNS In My Backyard

October 1, 2009

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ACORN‘s in my backyard and it’s not the kind squirrels like. However it does involve allot of nuts.

It has seems the infamous Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, (ACORN) has their own political Party.  They are the Working Families Party.  The WFP was just named in a voter fraud scandal in nearby Troy NY.  Right in my backyard!

Andrew Breitbart’s group “Big Government dot com,” the one’s who blew the lid off of ACORN in the first place, just connected the dots to their political wing as well.  “Oh what a web we weave. . .”

(Hat tip Atlas Shrugs)

The Working Families Party bullied their way onto the New York State political scene several years ago.  They are the most dominant alternative party in my region.  The WFP came from nowhere to displace The Green Party as the far, far left’s party of choice.

The party was able to exploit a loophole in New York State’s election laws.  Instead of running their own candidate for governor they simply endorsed the Democratic candidate and won 10 percent of the votes.  That gave them a gave them a reserved place on the ballot for the next four years.

Unable to compete The Green Party lost their place on the ballot.  That’s because they ran their own candidate rather than endorse the Democrat candidate.  It seems there are some honest far left liberals out there.

Jump to 2009 and the Sept. 15 primary elections in Troy.

From Saturday’s Times Union

“Dozens of forged and fraudulent absentee ballots from people registered to vote on the Working Families Party line were filed in the Sept. 15 primary elections in Troy, the Times Union has learned.  Many of the questionable ballots were filed under the names of students and people who live in government-subsidized housing and other downtown areas. Still others were submitted on behalf of voters who were alleged to have signed the ballots earlier this month, but those people have not lived in New York state for at least a year, records show.

Many other ballot applications also include fictitious reasons why the person needed an absentee ballot, including casino bus trips, Cape Cod vacations, work conferences and medical ailments. Several voters interviewed by the newspaper said someone wrote the information without their knowledge.”

And there’s this by Roger Stone of Big Government dot com . . .

“Media coverage of ACORN and that organization’s illegal activities in New York, California and elsewhere has largely ignored one of ACORN’s most successful projects; New York’s Working Families Party (WFP).

Because of the unique nature of New York State election law, candidates are allowed to be endorsed and appear on the voting machine ballot as the candidate of multiple parties, winning the cumulative total of all votes cast for that candidate on multiple party lines.  Minor parties such as the Conservative, Liberal and Right to Life Party have played significant roles in New York politics.

The Working Families Party is not about working people or families and it isn’t really a party.  The WFP is a wholly owned subsidiary of ACORN.  Bertha Lewis co-chair of the Working Families Party is the Executive Director of New York ACORN.  New York ACORN leader, Steven Kest was the moving force in forming the party and WFP headquarters are located at the same address as ACORN’s national and New York office at 88 Third Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.”

So here’s the question we need to ask.  What other elections have the Working Families Party and ACORN been involved in?

Troy NY is in the 20th Congressional District where they just had a special election last spring.  This was the election where Democrat Scott Murphy narrowly defeated Republican Jim Tedisco.

The thing is, Tedisco was in the lead until the absentee ballots were counted.  That’s when Murphy pulled ahead.

What has people wondering is how could a democrat in a district where Republicans still outnumber democrats by a significant margin win a race because of the absentee ballots.  These most always favor Republicans since most absentee ballots come from the military who almost always vote Republican.

But it gets better!  The reason for the election was because the last congressman became the senator to replace Hillary Clinton who became Secretary of State.  She would be Kirsten Gilibrand.  The woman who just voted against defunding ACORN.  What a surprise!

No wonder Jim Tedisco’s already announced he’s running again in 2010.  While we also may have a line of Republicans ready to run against Gilibrand.

“The circle is now complete,” as Darth Vader once said.  And it’s running past my city of Schenectady, right to back yard in Troy NY.

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A Tale of Two Town Halls

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.

First we have Paul Tonko. (D-NY-21) He preferred to hide during the summer recess and only would do a Town Hall when forced out by the media kicking and screaming.

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.

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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.

His predecessor never had to work that hard.  Mike McNulty was best known for being the most unknown in Congress.

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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!

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The above link will take you to a report about a health care town hall meeting held in a rural upstate town just east of Albany NY.

Some said there wouldn’t be any town halls in New York.  Well, here’s one at least.

Looks like a typical meeting like all the others in the country.  Megadittos to all who tried to give Congressman Murphy a set of brains.

Now lets see if my congressman will step up to the plate.

How about it Mr. Tonko?

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