Michael Gaynor
The long and the short of the NY Senate race for Maragos and Turner
By Michael Gaynor
March 21, 2012

Laura Ingraham is right: Long is the who can fight the battle against the phony "War Against Women" effectively as candidate for the Senate in New York and "no one should write off New York as an automatic win for Kirsten Gillibrand, especially if she up against Wendy."

"The long and the short of it is, gentlemen, that it is better to do nothing!"

So wrote Fyodor Dostoyevsky in Notes from the Underground.

The long and the short of it for Republican Senate hopefuls George Maragos, the first-term Nassau Country comptroller, and Bob Turner, the first term Brooklyn-Queens Congressman being redistricted out of office, is that it is better for them to do nothing more in campaigning for themselves and to back Wendy Long, the most viable opponent to New York's junior Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand.

Last Friday, Long dominated the New York State Republican Convention, winning more than 47% of the vote, while the two gentleman each earned the right to compete in a Republican primary by winning a bit more than 25% of the vote.

Yesterday Long easily won the Conservative Party nomination.

The last Republican to win statewide in New York without the Conservative nomination was Jacob Javits, in 1974 (and he also ran on the Liberal line).

Laura Ingraham is right: Long is the who can fight the battle against the phony "War Against Women" effectively as candidate for the Senate in New York and "no one should write off New York as an automatic win for Kirsten Gillibrand, especially if she is up against Wendy."

Ingraham's post at her website (www.lauraingraham.com), titled "Wendy Long for Senate: A GOP star is born in NY" (www.lauraingraham.com/b/Wendy-Long-for-Senate:-A-GOP-star-is-born-in-NY/-487661349073120676.html), succinctly and stylishly put it this way:

"Kirsten Gillibrand, meet Wendy Long, the most formidable of the GOP candidates vying to take your senate seat in November. Long is precisely what the GOP needs in New York — and nationally — to broaden its base and push back the entrenched party hacks that remain unresponsive to the challenges and concerns of most voters. A brilliant, accomplished, committed, patriot, a constitutional law devotee, Long is precisely the medicine that we need to roll over the phony 'war on women' narrative in this critical election year. I have known Wendy for almost 30 years, so I know what I'm talking about."

Check out Long's campaign website (wendylong.com) and watch her 10-minute address to the Republican convention (www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWoQeQQ24ds&feature=youtube).

Learn for yourself that Long is the real thing (www.thefreedictionary.com/real+thing).

If the gentlemen are gentleman who put the common good first, they will stand aside for the better qualified lady who is the most viable candidate (and win for themselves the respect that comes with doing that).

© 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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