Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Rogues for Democracy

Jeff Buley, the lawyer representing the republicans in the suit against the Soares campaign said he didn't think the Center for Policy Reform should be allowed to donate money to political causes because they were "a rogue political committee". Then he goes on to say how he thinks "a candidate should be accountable". Really? Well if you think your candidate should be "accountable" then I guess you aren't voting for Bush are you Mr. Buley? But enough about hyprocritcal republicans and back to this "rogue political committee" stuff. What does that mean? Sounds like fun. Perhaps I'll start one. It appears that Mr. Buley thinks if you have views that are different from his, that is fine. However, if you have views that oppose his, and you organize and raise money and elect candidates are a band of "rogues". Almost sounds like "terrorists". Does this mean a vote against Cusick/Clyne is a vote for the rogues? Are we sure we really want to change our leadership with all these rogues running around? I think i might have to check into this more at

And....congrats to Judge Bernard Malone for trying to stop this nonsense.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Soares Gets Older

Apparently today was David Soares' birthday. Yesterday the TU reported that David Soares was 33 (Soares, 33). Today the ever vigilant M.M. Bolton reported that Soares is 34 (Soares, 34). Happy Birthday David!

Why would M.M. Bolton be so insistent on making sure we know how old our politicians are? Or at least one certain candidate. She mentions Mayor Jennings in the article and fails to mention his age. McEneny gets his mention but no date stamp. Did she "out" our favorite Chairman Kermani? No. He could be senile and 85 for all we know and she just leaves us in the dark. But she is on her game when it comes to Soares, 34.

And what about the Republican candidate Roger Cusick, 54. This is a guy that is coming out of retirement to run for D.A. Shouldn't we be concerned about this? What if he gets elected and decides its too much work and retires again?

The Truth - Clyne Outspent Soares And Still Got Trounced

Well we have finally gotten the actual numbers on the Clyne and Soares campaigns. Sort of. And they don't look much like the ones that have been reported for the last month. According to the Times Union the campaigns look like this:

Clyne spent $159,989 and currently is $24,533 in debt.

Soares raised $87,534. They don't say how much he spent or if this includes the $50,118 that is currently being disputed.

So, if the $50,118 is included in the $87,534 Clyne almost outspent Soares 2 to 1. And still got outvoted almost 2 to 1. If the $50,118 is not included than Clyne still outspent Soares $159,989 to $137,652. And still got outvoted almost 2 to 1. That seems like it would make an interesting headline.

Monday, September 27, 2004

Clyne Joins Republicans

So our District Attorney (old man Clyne) has now joined our ever inventive Republican Chairman Kermani (age unreported) to sue the David Soares campaign about financing. The issue here is that they are worried about people from "downstate" buying votes here in Albany. After Soares crushed Clyne 44 in the primary the Mayor attributed it to the "several hundred thousand dollars" of downstate money that Soares allegedly spent. A statement which the TU reported and failed to investigate or challenge which would have been what a reporter would do since the statement was an outrageous lie. Than the TU decided to write some more about it and said that the Soares campaign spent $125,000 in downstate money to win the campaign. Of course this also was a lie. That was the total spent on the campaign. A lot of that was local money. Should we expect our reporters to ask questions and do accurate research? Did the reporters go out of there way to find out how much money Clyne 44 spent on all those TV ads with the flashing red lights? No. All they would admit to was that Clyne spent a similar amount of money as Soares. Similar? Sounds like he might have spent more and they don't want to admit that Clyne 44 lost because the people don't like him. As the TU even reported, he is "surly". And a sore loser. And he didn't lose because he was outspent. And today he is also a traitor. Joining the Republicans to sue David Soares and demanding he return $50,118. The Republicans are suing a democrat for $50K spent in a democratic race. Kermani is deeply concerned about "this kind of money". He states, "my concern is that this kind of money has flowed into Albany County". He is concerned that "huge sums of outside money are influencing local elections". Hmmm. Huge like $50,000? How about huge like a half million dollars? That would be huge. And that is the amount of money Republicans have recently given to local candidate Mike Conners for his campaign as part of a "state wide Senate election strategy". Whoa! Do you mean to say that $500,000 didn't just come from the residents of Albany? Could it be possible that Mr. Kermani is a lying hypocrite? Where did that money come from? Any reporters looking into that? And while you are at it, where did Clyne 44 get over a hundred thousand dollars for his primary campaign? I hope it didn't come from the Albany Democratic party because that would be illegal.

I'm hoping the judge sides with Clyne and the Republicans. If they think this is the type of behavior that will get them elected, I think they couldn't be more wrong. Take away $50K and more money will rush in to replace it. People are sick of this. You lost. The Mayor endorsed you. And you lost. The Times Union didn't endorse you, but they didn't endorse your competitor. And you lost. And you will lose again. Clyne and Soares spent similar amounts of money and Soares crushed the incumbent Clyne. Sounds like the people got to know both candidates and chose the one they liked better. Perhaps when Mayor Jennings said, "people don't care about the Rockerfeller Drug Laws" he was wrong. Could it be that people voted based on the issues? What if this started a trend?

Sunday, September 26, 2004

An apologizing republican?

Perhaps this won't make him the next Karl Rove but you have to give him points for trying. Albany County Republican Chairman Peter Kermani, in an apparent move to tell the TRUTH to the voters and get the word out that David Soares is a MINORITY repeately referred to Mr. Soares as "Pedro David Soares" and stated that the reason he did this was that he thought Pedro sounded like "A first name he [Soares] didn't want anybody to know". Kermani was concerned that Soares was hiding the fact that his first name is not David and actually is Pedro.

That is right. The Chairman of the Republican Party was trying to accuse a Black guy of hiding a name that might make him sound like a Latino guy. Mr Chairman, perhaps you might want to go back to you Rove handbook and find some other lie you can spread that might actually have an effect. This has to be one of the most pathetic things I've ever heard. But I'm sure we have more on the way. The Chairman said he was sorry for the mistake.

The happy ending it that Soares name is P. David Soares. And the P stands for......Paul. He goes by David because that is what his mom likes to call him. Does that make his mom "indecisive" or a "flip flopper"? I'm sure Mr. Rove thinks so.

Republicans for Reading

Would the Governor possibly bribe republicans to vote his way? Seems a bit dishonest. Hard to believe he would stoop so low. Even harder to believe is that republicans are interested in libraries. Are they turning off Fox News to read? This might not be such a bad thing after all. Now if the Governor would only start bribing people with money for better schools and health care we might be on to something. As Rumsfeld says, "its not perfect" but it just might be a plan.

Read all about it.

Is the Mayor a Flip Flopper?

Sure Mayor Jennings endorsed Governor Pataki in the last election. Yes, Pataki is a republican but anyone watching his brilliance at the republican convention, rhyming Gipper with Flipper, sure could understand why Jennings would be seduced by his charm. But the word from "insiders" is that the Mayor may switch sides again and support the republican candidate for DA in the upcoming race because his chosen candidate, Clyne 44, got trounced in the primary and may be gracefully bowing out. Now the mayor said last week that he was the only politician that mattered in this election (which confused us) so apparently this endorsement will seal the victory for the elderly Republican Mr. Cusick. Or perhaps it will be the kiss of death as it was for Clyne 44 the first time and Margaret Walsch's opponent (The Family Guy). Could it be that the public might have their own opinions on who to vote for? Or was the primary race just a fluke and now the public will go back to sleep and do as they are told? Hmmmm. Isn't the Mayor up for reelection soon?

Are you one? Are you two?

Try to read an article in the TU about David Soares or the elderly men he is running against without seeing their ages mentioned. Then read one about any other candidate. Why is it so important to know how old Mike Conners (running against Neil Breslin) is? Apparently it isn't. The TU never mentions his age. Or Breslin's. Or Mayor Jennings'. But you will be quick to find that David Soares is 34 years old. Gasp! That is right. And Paul Clyne, 44. Apparently this is one of the few things we should care about. And after weeks of writing that Soares is 34 years old, today the TU downgraded him to 33. That is right. Could they possibly be biased? So yes it is true...Clyne is older and has more experience. But Soares has worked for 4 years as an Assistant D.A. And if you can't figure out how to do your job or your boss' job in 4 years, you really aren't that bright. If it takes you 16 years, like it took Clyne 44, than you are a slow learner.