New York News Blogs
Monday, July 31
by Join Spencer on Mon 31 Jul 2006 04:08 PM EDT
Senator Clinton has accepted $31,500 from Con-Ed employees, according to the Center For Responsive Politics.
She has also taken $4,072 dollars in PAC money directly from Con-Ed.
She should give it back!!!
Included among those donations, as reported this morning by The New York Daily News, is a $1,000 donation from Con-Ed executive Kevin Burke.
by Join Spencer on Mon 31 Jul 2006 03:50 PM EDT
New York City officials are reported to be "fuming" over Sen. Hillary Rodham Cinton's brief post-black photo up in Astoria Friday.
Where was she last Monday and Tuesday?
was in Denver.
She was lobbying the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) for 2008.
Hillary was too busy outlining her political agenda to notice the lights going out in Queens.
Officials in New York City Hall are seeking increased aid for small businesses and food stamp reimbursements for low-income residents whose perishables spoiled.
Instead, Clinton proposed a Con-Ed subsidy.
She sounds too chummy with Con-Ed to us.
by Join Spencer on Mon 31 Jul 2006 03:27 PM EDT
Urban Elephants noted this quote by Spencer on how how long it's been since New Yorkers have been inspired by a candidate.
Friday, July 28
by Join Spencer on Fri 28 Jul 2006 05:50 PM EDT
File this one under fair weather friends.
Clinton's photo-ops in Queens demonstrate her penchant for publicity but little else.
She's been in Denver most of the week while much of Queens was left in the dark.
Ben Smith of The New York Daily News blog, The Daily Politics, noted that Senator Clinton is already trying to blame Republicans for the blackouts -- rather than addressing substantive downstate transmission issues.
A photo-op, long after Queens first endured the problems of widespread power outages.
As Queens lost juice, what was New York's junior U.S. Senator doing?
Clinton was occupying her time with the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), outlining her political agenda for 2008 and too busy to notice the lights going out in Queens. As for criticizing Governor George E. Pataki, Clinton shouldn't be pointing fingers. She shows up for the photo op in New York City but she let down flooded regions all over New York State earlier this summer.
This is Liberty Street in Sidney, New York.
Right near the confluence of the Unadilla and Susquehanna Rivers, this street is only minutes away where two truck drivers died when floodwaters took away an entire portion of the interstate.
She has done nothing to address the devastated Southern Tier or surrounding counties, areas still ravaged from flooding that have left thousands homeless in places like Sidney, Binghamton, Bainbridge, Unadilla and communities along the Susqehanna River.
Downstate media missed this story as much of Broome, Chenango and Otsego Counties were underwater -- including washed out bridges and roadways all over New York State.
If you want a sense of the devastation and damage to people's lives, please take a close look at The Oneonta Daily Star's coverage of The Flood of 2006.
Finally, failures to provide adequate power to the five boroughs has been overtly-politicized by the Democrats in New York City. Failure to site power plants has been a political football ignored by Democrats -- and it's a federal issue too. Senator Clinton shouldn't be blaming George Pataki. To lend comfort to her liberal friends (who would rather spend our tax dollars on some pork-ridden scheme or entitlement), she has filibustered and voted against improving transmission lines since 2001. Such legislation finally passed last year, after shameful delays by Clinton and her cohorts.
If she was a leader, she wouldn't have wasted the day in Denver pitching herself to the DLC for 2008. She would have been in Queens much earlier.
Clinton's interests aren't at home. She's talking disasters and terrorism, except she isn't doing anything about it. Instead, she's busy blaming Bush and not focusing on local interests.
As The Spencer Blog pointed out earlier, Spencer was driving between Syracuse and Binghamton when the flooding shutdown much of Central New York State and the Southern Tier.
I was doing what a U.S. Senate candidate is supposed to be doing, what a U.S. Senator is supposed to do, and Hillary Clinton is busy instead in Denver with her liberal buddies charting out strategy for 2008. So now she shows up late and, of course, gets the photo op with ultra-liberal Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.
This is too little, too late, and a cheap copout on Clinton's part.
by Join Spencer on Fri 28 Jul 2006 03:17 PM EDT
John Spencer continues to travel throughout Upstate New York, regularly criss-crossing the state to meet with people.
On recent trip found Spencer traversing many flooded sections of the Southern Tier and Central New York during the worst days of the disastrous flooding. What was supposed to be a short trip between Syracuse and Binghamton because a night-long delay due to closed roadways.
Spencer saw the devastation in Binghamton during the worst day of flooding.
John was in Rochester last week for the Sons of The American Legion's State Convention.
The American Legion gave him a standing ovation.
As The Spencer Blog discussed earlier today, a major topic of discussion among the American Legion was the Constitutional Amendment to protect our American flag -- and Senator Clinton's reluctance to ban such a desecration.
by Join Spencer on Fri 28 Jul 2006 01:36 PM EDT
Last week, John Spencer met with members of the American Legion from throughout New York State at its state convention in Rochester. The topic on the tip of many people's tongues was the flag amendment.
John Spencer fully believes the flag must be protected with a Constitutional Amendment.
You can count on John Spencer holding Hillary Clinton accountable on her disrespect of the American flag.
It's not going to work in New York either.
Spencer is activating his activating his campaign to put together more media ads going after Senator Clinton on her vote.
John will need your support, financially and through word of mouth. Also, don't hesitate to comment on The Spencer Blog. We want to hear from you.
The Kansas City Star reported that the proposal would have given Congress the power to ban the desecration of the flag.
U.S. Senator Majority Leader Bill Frist from Tennessee lamented the bill's defeat by one vote.
One vote. Hillary's vote. Senator Clinton should be held directly responsible for this fiasco.
Democrats like U.S. Senator Evan Bayh from Indiana supported a Constitutional Amendment.
Among possible presidential contenders in 2008, six voted yes: Democrat Bayh and Republicans George Allen of Virginia, Sam Brownback of Kansas, Frist, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, and John McCain of Arizona. Five, all Democrats, voted no: Joseph Biden of Delaware, Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, Russell Feingold of Wisconsin, John Kerry of Massachusetts and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Of course, Hillary Clinton voted against the flag amendment. She's pandered on this issue so many way that she has forgotten why it is important. Liberal courts are carving up our Constitution and this is as much about preserving the work of the Founders as protecting our flag.
A year after announcing support for a ban on flag burning, one she has called "despicable," Senator Clinton voted it down.
What changed? Nothing. Clinton is obsessed with 2008 politics and has never cared about New York.
An Iowa poll showed John Edwards beating her, so Senator Clinton rushes to the left to secure her liberal base. It's sad that New York's junior Senator would callously oppose flag protection to appeal to a radical left fringe, when so many Americans have died defending it
Now Clinton wants to posture again that she is for legislation protecting the flag.
As if burning flags are not always offensive to Americans?
However, Cohen's liberal take on flag burning is something I feel perverts the initial intent of the First Amendment.
And the flag is not sacred?
You're going to tell veterans of foreign wars that the flag is not sacred?
You can't take the flag for granted.
Senator Clinton pretended to rebrand herself as a red state friendly DLC Democrat with her decision to sign on as a co-sponsor of the Flag Protection Act.
No one is fooled. Her postures are intellectually dishonest and fail to address the inherent reasons why we must protect our precious flag.
John Spencer understands what's at stake here.
Please comment on The Spencer Blog on how you feel about our flag. We can make an impact nationally and throughout the mainstream media by sending that kind of message out across the Internet.
It's not that America is overrun with people burning flags but they're at the gate. Also, there are important principles here that we can't sway on. It becomes a slippery slope. We're up against revisionists and judicial socialists who have little regard for the value of our flag. They would rather protect the flag burners.
That's discrimination against all of us who love our flag.
The ACLU types would sacrifice our flag for their right to yell "fire" in a crowded theater, causing
disrespect and disorder throughout our society.
This is Senator Hillary Clinton's crowd.
The American Legion isn't fooled.
Senator Clinton's vote for the flag amendment has been described by veterans as a "ploy" to curry favor with the right, according to Newsmax.com.
Senator Clinton can't stop flip-flopping on the flag:
She is an ACLU loving liberal who would like to pick apart America's patriotic roots, tradition by tradition. That's the way counter culture types work, dragging down Western Civilization by removing our valuable traditions and beliefs. She's fooling no one, pandering to be everyone for everybody, and hiding her true beliefs.
The New York Times is wrong when they say there is no "urgent need" to protect the flag. There is a need for a Constitutional Amendment. There is a need for laws that mean something. We don't need a bill put up for a vote as a way of generating a press release. That is dishonest Clinton triangulation. She has never shown any true consideration for the American flag -- and she never will. All Hillary Clinton wants to do is tear down the principles our flag stands for.
She would get her statute supposedly protecting the flag and then one of her judicial appointments would reverse that law.
That's why we need a Constitutional Amendment -- and Spencer's own viewpoint is supported my the mainstream media's own legal eagles.
Peggy Noonan, who John would usually agree with, claimed in the Wall Street Journal that all this fuss over the flag is posturing.
Though you mean well, Ms. Noonan, please be assured that John Spencer is not posturing.
Protecting the Constitution of the United States from revisionists like Senator Clinton is common sense.
by Join Spencer on Fri 28 Jul 2006 12:12 PM EDT
Thursday, July 27
by Join Spencer on Thu 27 Jul 2006 12:24 AM EDT
No sooner had John Spencer agreed to debate KT McFarland, her surrogates and campaign operatives were telling people that Team Spencer was ducking debates.
John Spencer doesn't duck debates.
He has never ducked a challenge, whether it was going head to head with the federal judiciary over court-ordered housing or cutting through his home city's notorious bureaucracy to rejuvenate the economy of Yonkers.
He's fearless, forthright and not about to be buffalo'd by KT's dizzy spinners.
This is the candidate who just asked Hillary Clinton to join him at a Town Hall meeting in Yonkers. He's not afraid to debate. The only issue remaining unresolved is whether or not Senator Clinton will join John Spencer in Yonkers. Clinton has stayed silent.
Everything spun by KT McFarland, Ed Rollins and their mud-throwing surrogates has been disinformation. KT can only rely on distortions -- and John Spencer remains ready at all times to debate.
Spencer campaign spokesman Rob Ryan had previously expressed the following:
He could be describing Hillary Clinton, who should be been held accountable for her own disinformation.
Why can't Hillary Clinton sit down with the people in Yonkers and take part in a constructive discussion on New York State?
John Spencer posed a simple question yesterday -- and it's one we will repeat as Clinton continues to avoid debating him.
When was the last time Senator Clinton actually sat down in one of New York's largest cities and comfortably discussed New York's real problems?
Clinton obviously doesn't believe it's important either.
The people across New York State and the United States deserve to know why.
Wednesday, July 26
by Join Spencer on Wed 26 Jul 2006 05:02 PM EDT
The Associated Press reported Senator Clinton and her fellow "tax and spend" liberals addressing the Democratic Leadership Council in Denver, finding every possible way to undermine George Bush and the Republican Party.
She whitewashes an ugly picture of a bankrupt nation......If Senator Clinton and her Democratic colleagues wish to place blame then all they need to do is look in the mirror. If you want a ringside seat, read this piece by CNN on the Democrats' love-in.
Does Senator Clinton and the Democratic Party think the taxpayers are stupid?
Remember this comment by Clinton?
Remember this comment by Clinton?
John Spencer believes Americans are entitled to more money in their pockets; to spend, to save and to invest.
John Spencer believes Americans are entitled to more money in their pockets; to spend, to save and to invest.
Hillary only understands how to pick the pockets of New Yorkers.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) noted that Hillary Clinton wanted nothing to do with the Bush tax cuts.
The 2001 and 2003 Bush Tax Cuts provided tax relief to 6.9 million New Yorkers. Hillary would take that tax relief away.
The 2001 And 2003 Tax Cuts provided marriage penalty relief for 1.8 million New Yorkers.
1,695,000 New Yorkers gained tax relief from the Bush Child Tax Credit for New Yorkers.
Bush's creation of a new 10 percent tax bracket brought tax relief to over six million New Yorkers.
Over 1,500,000 businesses in New York received tax relief from the Bush tax cuts.
The NRSC has put together a website entitled "The Donkeys Want Your Money" that details Hillary's votes for taxes -- and her statements on liberal "tax and spend" policies.
HILLARY THINKS YOUR MONEY IS "OUR" MONEY
Tuesday, July 25
by Join Spencer on Tue 25 Jul 2006 04:59 PM EDT
John Spencer, the Republican-Conservative candidate for U.S Senate today called on Senator Hillary Clinton to “get in touch with middle class values” and to join him in a town hall meeting with middle class New Yorkers.
Spencer suggested that the Town Hall gathering be held in Yonkers.
Friday, July 21
by Join Spencer on Fri 21 Jul 2006 04:01 PM EDT
Said the spider to the fly.
The Daily News also reported: Hil frets chips will be put in kids' brains
But hold on. This is the same Senator who has taken $1.7 million from the entertainment /TV /music industry, the sector which profits from the Madison Avenue marketing Senator Clinton claims to deplore.
Give back the money, Senator. Then your puritan rants might have some credibility.
The Center For Responsive Politics broke some of Clinton's numbers down, strictly by business and PAC-related donations (not individuals working in the entertainment/TV/music industry), and found New York's junior U.S. Senator to be the top recipient of campaign monies from several Madison Avenue-related industries.
Thursday, July 20
by Join Spencer on Thu 20 Jul 2006 01:11 PM EDT
Clinton talks a good game but she is skin deep when it comes to national security.
Historically, Clinton has voted and spoken an opposite stance.
Hillary told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on 5/24/05 that "a nuclear-armed Iran is unacceptable" yet barely a month later, Senator Clinton voted to immunize the Mullah’s nukes from attack by denying our military a nuclear bunker buster bomb we need to destroy deep underground nuclear sites in Iran (Roll Call 171,7/1/05).
John Spencer expressed his concerns.
Senator Clinton didn't offer specifics when she claimed to support “whatever steps are necessary” to defend Israel against Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran and Syria in the military conflict in the Middle East. Her lack of details has more to do with a conflict of interest, some tied directly to her campaign fundraising.
Past is prologue -- including some recent flip-flopping.
Senator Clinton voted on 6/15/06 against U.S. support for "self-determination" for the people of Iran over the existing form of government.
This resolution sponsored by U.S. Senator Rick Santorum was backed by Democrats Evan Bayh of Indiana and Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.
Meanwhile, Roll Call reported early this year that Clinton zealously wants $1 million of U.S. taxpayer dollars pumped into the United Nations Human Rights Commission, a council slated to include Syria, Cuba, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Libya (Roll Call 73, 3/16/06). Both Israel and the United States opposed creation of this council that was championed by China and Cuba.
Writing in the International Herald Tribune, former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell and House Speaker Newt Gingrich called this commission supported by Clinton "inadequate" and "distorted":
Mitchell and Gingrich even quoted Hillary's favorite First Lady:
John Spencer's noted Hillary's two faces on letting Syria be a judge of human rights.
Clinton's leanings seem more dictated by the almighty dollar than any regard for U.S. security. The Senator has taken money from an anti-sanctions group called the American Iranian Council through wealthy businessmen Hassan Nemazee and Faraj Aalaei.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Namazee has contributed $4000 to Clinton’s reelection while Aalaei has given $1000.
The American Muslim Taskforce, composed of at least one Muslim lobbying group which has given money to Clinton, described Israel's defense against Palestinian aggression as "war crimes" this past November. The American Muslim Taskforce has characterized Israel's fighting as "state-terror" -- and these statements came from a news outlet called The Muslim News.
Part of the American Muslim Alliance, this organization is not a friend of U.S. interests yet Hillary is monetarily entangled with them
In a detailed Newsmax article in late 2000, Larry Auster warned of Hillary's terrorist conflicts and her blind eye to human rights violations.
Less than a year before September 11, Alamoudi was talking about overtaking the United States.
News Max noted a Wall Street Journal article detailing how Clinton's conflicts went far beyond accepting money from the American Muslim Council in 2000 -- and that the obvious dangers long preceded her run for U.S. Senate. She learned from her husband.
As early as 1996, Clinton knew that accepting money from these Muslim lobbyists was risky business.
John Spencer pointed out how Hillary's form of supposed "diplomacy" enables and appeases terrorist acts.
Will the rhetoric from Hillary Clinton be based on the highest bidder or what is best for the defense of the United States?
The Hill reported Democrats racing to propose resolutions signaling strong support for Israel during its violent showdown with Hezbollah, including a U.S. Senate resolution expected this week supporting “Israel’s right of self-defense … to take appropriate action to deter aggression by terrorist groups and their state sponsors” and condemning the governments of Iran and Syria for their financial backing of Hezbollah and Hamas.
John Spencer has been blunt on what America faces and why Hillary Clinton is not qualified to be Commander-In-Chief, let alone a U.S. Senator.
by Join Spencer on Thu 20 Jul 2006 12:18 PM EDT
Ignore the woman behind the curtain!!!
Newsday's blog, Spin Cycle, caught two unexplained accounting charges from an Iowa airport hotel to Hillary Clinton's New York Senate race.
Friends of Hillary communications director Ann Lewis said the charges were a "bizarre, inexplicable clerical error."
Well, at least the photographer hadn't been in the Hamptons and the money wasn't spent on any black helicopters.
by Join Spencer on Thu 20 Jul 2006 11:48 AM EDT
John Spencer has taken a commanding 21 point lead over his Republican opponent KT McFarland, 36-15, according to the most recent WNBC/Marist Poll.
In the first month since John Spencer was chosen as the Republican and Conservative nominee for U.S. Senate, the former Yonkers Mayor has ratcheted up his campaign. He has the money, the message and momentum all on his side.
People will be coming out to vote and these are voters John Spencer can reach. People know what's at stake in this U.S. Senate race and no one should underestimate the resolve of sentiment against Hillary Clinton. Take a close look at those negatives. Clinton's negatives continue to rise. She has experienced no boost in poll numbers. By no measure has John Spencer ever been turned back by Clinton and he has continued to whittle away at her margin.
According to a detailed Urban Elephants chart, every major polling source in New York state (Quinnipiac, Marist, Siena, Zogby, Strategic Vision) has shown John Spencer gaining ground on Hillary Clinton by margins of 2-6 percent in almost ever poll each have taken since the Spring. As important, the polls have shown Hillary steadily losing ground and gaining much higher unfavorable ratings.
As people learn more about John Spencer, his numbers have steadily climbed -- and we must work even harder now to spread the word. With Clinton's glass jaw showing, expect some seismic shifts in the coming weeks.
The dramatic gains in the Republican primary were due to Spencer's hard work and determination, competing with a crowd of five candidates over the past year.
The gains against U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton can only turn out to be as dramatic.
Wednesday, July 19
by Join Spencer on Wed 19 Jul 2006 03:04 PM EDT
The Albany Times Union's State Editor, Jay Jochnowitz, picked up on this "curious omission" by Senator Clinton.
Capitol Confidential provided the text of the speech and a video of her long-winded omission.
Tuesday, July 18
by Join Spencer on Tue 18 Jul 2006 01:21 PM EDT
It's time to get our feet wet, even if we have to wade through the media waters with some snapping turtles.
Welcome to the Spencer Blog, a source of news and information about John Spencer's U.S. Senate race in New York.
Yeah... this is the U.S. Senate campaign against Hillary Clinton who the FEC reported Monday has already spent nearly HALF her New York Senate war chest ($21.5 million) -- on two candidates The Associated Press and NBC described as: "two little-known Republicans."
Where is the money going?
With 38 percent negatives and stagnant at 57 percent against Spencer, expect Hillary to spend much more of her remaining $22 million in the coming months.
According to the most recent Quinnipiac Poll in late June, John Spencer narrowed the margin by 12 percentage points on Clinton in less than a month (57-33 from 63-27 in May).
John Spencer can win this U.S. Senate race. Hillary Clinton is vulnerable, flip-flopping on numerous issues and poorly representing New York State. New York's economic woes haven't been aided by Democrats in the State or Federal government.
Spencer told The Finger Lakes Times that Clinton's national ambitions have kept her from paying attention to New York.
Clinton has offered no measurable solutions to the loss of jobs throughout Upstate New York. Clinton's liberalism only means more spending and more taxes and more taxes and more taxes...and more.... Clinton can only be many things to many people on Iraq, without telling anyone the truth.
Spencer noted Clinton's aversion to tax cuts.
Clinton's cart is way ahead of the horse in this race, since she has fixated on national ambitions rather than focusing on the Empire State's needs. There has been no movement by the incumbent U.S. Senator for all the dollars she has wasted promoting herself for president -- nor is there any indication that she would spend the lion's share of her war chest in New York.
Meanwhile, Team Spencer's donor base has widened and its FEC filing demonstrated the former Yonkers Mayor can raise money amid political challenges.
Spencer has nearly three times the amount of money on hand than his primary opponent, KT McFarland, whose campaign claims to have raised $224,073 during the same time period. The Spencer campaign has received more than 101,000 individual contributions over the past year.
John Spencer has actually raised money from 5,000 more donors than Hillary Clinton (39,640 to 34,000) during this past filing period, according to FEC reports -- with over $1,200,000 in fundraising during a time when Senator Clinton raised $5,700,000 from her national base of liberal heavy hitters. She can only have her horse drink from the well so many times before that base dries up -- yet she is nervous enough to be spending $21 million against Spencer.
... And where has the $21.5 million gone?
It's feeding Hillary's jaunts and operations in other states. Federal campaign finance law also allows Sen. Clinton to use any unspent money on a future federal campaign.
Meanwhile, a national poll by Rasmussen Reports found that 32 percent of respondents said they would definitely vote for the former first last in the 2008 election, 37 percent would not.
Something tells us that New York's junior U.S. Senator will be spending a lot of her remaining $22 million.
The New York Times reported on Clinton's visit to Arkansas that she is warning Democrats not to rouse Republicans and conservatives, proof that the presence of a conservative Republican opponent in New York has the former First Lady watching her back.
John Spencer is not wasting time, criss-crossing New York State from Rochester to New York City and back Upstate within the past 24 hours.