Michael Gaynor
It's Wendy Long time in New York!
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By Michael Gaynor
March 20, 2012

The Times and Newsday will be supporting Gillibrand no matter whom the Republicans and Conservatives nominate, but they want to make it easy for her by having the Republicans and Conservatives nominate different candidates or at least another man for Gillibrand to beat easily, not another woman with the intellect, experience and articulateness to beat her.

Wendy Long dominated the New York State Republican Convention, taking more than 47% of the vote for the Republican nomination to run for the United States Senate against Kirsten Gillibrand. She began her convention speech with "Sen. Gillibrand says she wants to see more women in politics. I say, 'Let's give her what she's asking for.'" New York Republicans have never nominated a woman to run for the United States Senate, but Long showed them that the time to do so is now.

When a woman is the best qualified and the opponent is a woman running on the "War Against Women" hoax, it should be a no brainer.

Long is a very able and articulate attorney with expertise in the United States Supreme Court and Constitution. She has appeared on numerous news programs and as a guest columnist and contributor for various media outlets on these subjects.

After graduating from Dartmouth, Long went to Washington, D.C. and served as press secretary for two Republican United States Senators, William L. Armstrong from Colorado and Gordon J. Humphrey from her native New Hampshire.

After studying law at Northwestern and Harvard, Long received a J.D degree, moved to New York and served as a law clerk for Judge Ralph K. Winter on the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City, and then for Justice Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court of the United States.

Long then served as a litigation partner for the law firm Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, a leading law firm with offices in New York and Washington, D.C.

In 2005, Long joined the Judicial Confirmation Network as chief counsel and advanced the cause of judicial restraint through extensive media and public speaking. She participated in discussion and debate on U.S. Circuit Court and U.S. Supreme Court nominations and led public support or opposition to them, including supporting confirmations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Sam Alito to the Supreme Court of the United States.

A wife and mother of a son and a daughter living in New York City who believes in traditional American values, Long also is a Member of the Board of Trustees of Mount Saint Mary's College in Newburgh, New York, an active member of the Church of Our Saviour in Manhattan and a Roman Catholic catechism teacher.

Of course, there are older men who want to be nominated by the Republican and Conservative Parties too.

George Maragos, the Nassau County comptroller, and Bob Turner, the first time Brooklyn Congressman who replaced Anthony Weiner, each barely cleared the 25% hurdle to enter the primary without having to obtain signatures on petitions.

The liberal media establishment is concerned that Long will beat Gillibrand and the news reports of Newsday and The New York Times reflect that.

The Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/17/nyregion/3-ny-republicans-to-vie-in-primary-for-nomination-for-senate-seat.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=wendy%20long&st=cse) acknowledged that Long "has generated considerable excitement among party regulars. She is articulate and charismatic, and seen as someone who could foil Ms. Gillibrand."

Then it immediately (and simplistically) tried to discredit her as (1) "a strong social conservative who has spoken out against same-sex marriage, saying it could open the door for humans to marry animals," (2) "linked to a student newspaper at Dartmouth, her alma mater, that mocked gays, blacks and Jews" and (3) perhaps not electable.

Long describes herself as "a 1980s Ronald Reagan conservative," notes that Reagan won New York twice and denies that her "conservative values are out of step with New York at all."

Newsday (www.newsday.com/long-island/politics/turner-maragos-long-in-gop-primary-1.3607949ridiculously) minimized Long's convention success.

Its headline inverted the order in which the Republican hopefuls finished: "Turner, Maragos, Long in GOP primary." Before finally mentioning Long in the fifth paragraph, Newsday made the convention seem like a great triumph for Turner, stating:

"It's going to be a three-way Republican primary to see who earns the right to take on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

"Just 72 hours after declaring his candidacy, Rep. Robert Turner (R-Rockaway Point) roared into the Republican state convention Friday and snapped up 25 percent of the delegates' support — reaching the threshold to qualify for the June 26 primary.

"In contrast, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos saw his support drop, then teeter throughout the daylong event. But he finished with 27 percent — putting him on the ballot.

"Maragos' chances were unclear until Suffolk County — the third-to-last county to vote — threw all of its support behind the Long Island candidate."

Newsday foresaw Long winning the Republican Senate primary and paved the way for explaining that by stating that she "could benefit from a three-way primary by being the only woman in the race."

The Times and Newsday will be supporting Gillibrand no matter whom the Republicans and Conservatives nominate, but they want to make it easy for her by having the Republicans and Conservatives nominate different candidates or at least another man for Gillibrand to beat easily, not another woman with the intellect, experience and articulateness to beat her.

Maragos, Nassau County comptroller since January 2010, and Turner, a Congressman since September 2011, tout their brief periods of public service in elective office and wealth/fund raising ability as proof that they are best qualified to beat Gillibrand.

They'll try to explain why it didn't work at the Republican convention. Long got a near majority of the votes, more than 20% more than Maragos and 22% more than Turner.

It's not going to work with New York State primary voters who have had liberal women representing them in the United States Senate since 2001 and urgently want a conservative woman United States Senator to represent them instead and expose the Left's "War Against Women" charge as the hoax it is.

© Michael Gaynor

 

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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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