Michael Gaynor
Will NY's Republican Party foolishly facilitate Obama's "War on Women" strategy?
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By Michael Gaynor
March 15, 2012

If Eaton can convince his fellow Republicans that Turner is the best bet to beat Gillibrand, he's probably able to sell them the Brooklyn Bridge too. Limbaugh and Springer are not known for showing great respect for women on their shows, and Turner's nomination would be portrayed as evidence that the phony "War on Women" that Team Obama is pedding is real and pave the way to an even easier second re-election of Gillibrand (a woman), this time to a full six-year term.

How many times has the New York Republican Party elected a female United States Senator?

None.

How many times has the New York Republican Party nominated a female to run for United States Senator?

None.

If women had not voted in 2008, who would be President?

John McCain.

Will President Obama win the votes of most men in the 2012 presidential election?

Of course not.

So how does Team Obama plan to win?

By winning the women's vote overwhelmingly, again.

How does Team Obama plan to win the women's vote overwhelmingly this time?

By pretending that Republicans are at war with women and Obama will protect the damsels in distress by giving them free contraceptives and abortifacients!

Is Team Obama willing to compel both individuals and religious organizations to act in violation of their rights to religious liberty and freedom of conscience, in violation of the First Amendment, in order to provide those supposedly free contraceptives and abortifacients?

As Sarah Palin might put it, "you betcha." (Obama wants to be reelected, the Constitution be damned.)

Which candidate for the Republican United States Senate nomination in New York is best qualified, by character, intellect and experience, to serve in the United States Senate?

Wendy Long. See, for example, "Why Wendy Long Should Be Nominated for U.S. Senator Instead of George Maragos" (www.webcommentary.com/php/ShowArticle.php?id=gaynorm&date=120227).

Joe Carvin, Rye Town Supervisor, jumped into the race a few days ago, but he voted for Obama.

Which candidate for the Republican United States Senate nomination in New York is Senator Gillibrand concerned about running against?

Wendy Long.

Under the circumstances, one would expect that New York Republicans would be enthusiastically uniting behind Wendy Long and exuberant to have such an eminently qualified woman to prove that the War Against Women charge is a shameless lie.

But Craig Eaton, the Brooklyn Republican leader, was not satisfied with either of the men running for the nomination (or the only woman, Long) and wanted a Republican man from Brooklyn to be nominated, first time Congressman Bob Turner, whom Democrats want to hold to one term through redistricting mischief.

Eaton recently emailed his fellow Republican county chairs as follows:

"This is an urgent and confidential communication in advance of Friday's State Convention in Rochester. Please do not forward this email.

"As you know, we have three declared candidates planning to run against Kirsten Gillibrand for the United States Senate. Each of these candidates has their advantages and disadvantages, but it appears a primary is imminent. Ms. Gillibrand is weak and she can be beaten. She was just declared the most liberal U.S. senator in America, and that could badly hurt her in the general election.

"I am deeply concerned, though, that a contentious Republican Primary, and the possibility of the Republicans and Conservatives selecting different candidates to represent them, will spoil our chances of winning this senate seat. We are looking at a possible repeat of 2010 the way this is playing out."

With Eaton having set the stage, Turner declared his candidacy the next day. Last September 13, Turner, over 70 now, won the Congressional seat vacated by the disgraced Anthony Weiner. (Weiner had beaten him, by 22%, in 2010.) Turner notably created and launched both Rush Limbaugh's television show and "The Jerry Springer Show."

If Eaton can convince his fellow Republicans that Turner is the best bet to beat Gillibrand, he's probably able to sell them the Brooklyn Bridge too. Limbaugh and Springer are not known for showing great respect for women on their shows, and Turner's nomination would be portrayed as evidence that the phony "War on Women" strategy that Team Obama is peddling is real and pave the way to an even easier second re-election of Gillibrand (a woman), this time to a full six-year term.

Unless the current political reality in New York is recognized and Wendy Long is nominated by the Republican and Conservative Parties, we will be looking in horror to a repeat of 2010 — a Gillibrand re-election. (In 2010 Gillibrand was re-elected against a fine male Republican-Conservative candidate (Joe DioGuardi) by more than 27%.)

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Michael Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member... (more)

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