Michael Gaynor
Yes, Wendy Long can become a U.S. senator from New York
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By Michael Gaynor
May 19, 2012

It's time for Limbaugh, Hannity and Levin to remember that Reagan won New York twice by fighting for it instead of conceding it and join the prescient Ingraham in supporting Long's campaign.

Remember the talk radio superstar who first realized that then Massachusetts state senator Scott Brown could upset then Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley in the race for the so-called "Kennedy seat" in the United States Senate and helped make it happen by focusing attention on him and his race?

Her name is Laura Ingraham. She wrote speeches in the Reagan Administration for Bill Bennett, decided to go to law school, clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas and entered and then gave up private law practice to star on radio and television and write books.

In 2009 she realized that Brown's campaign not only needed to be won, but was winnable, and acted instead of lamented that it was hopeless.

"As things started to take off, Brown was in demand in the national media, much to the delight of the campaign. Brown would do a hit on Laura Ingraham's radio show and immediately the campaign would see a $12,000 bump in fundraising online. He'd be a guest on 'Hannity,' another $30,000 instantly online. Soon, the campaign was putting Brown on all the Fox News programming and conservative talk radio it could." (www.campaignsandelections.com/print/175687/the-curious-case-of-scott-brown.thtml)

That's because "Fox News programming and conservative talk radio" can make a difference, even a United States Senate race in Massachusetts.

Shortly before Brown's upset victory, Ingraham posted this message on her website (www. lauraingraham.com):

"Anything's possible, even in Massachusetts

"If Massachusetts State Rep. Scott Brown pulls out a surprise win against favorite liberal Democrat Martha Coakley for the Senate seat formerly occupied by Ted Kennedy, Americans across the country will cheer. The bluest of blue states, Massachusetts has been run into the ground by Democrats for generations. The political left — funded by trial lawyers and unions — is as much entrenched in New England today as it is in California and the Pacific Northwest. Coakley should be leading by double-digits but a new poll shows Brown only 9 points behind the frontrunner. Rep. Brown has served this country in uniform, and is a genuine conservative. Coakley is an classic lefty. Which vision do you think will help the country through these challenging times? Please contribute here to Scott Brown's campaign. Remember — the election is January 19th!"

Enough Massachusetts voters remembered!

It's 2012 and Ingraham again already sees what other prominent conservative talk show hosts apparently don't see yet — the possibility that constitutional school and mother of two Wendy Long (www.wendylongfor newyork.com), already the New York Conservative Party nominee, will win the New York Republican Senate primary on June 26 and go on to beat New York's ultra-liberal junior United States Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, on Election Day 2012.

On May 17, 2012, Ingraham interviewed Long and posted the interview as a freebie on her website (http://www.lauraingraham.com/pg/jsp/charts/streamingAudioMaster.jsp?dispid=302&headerDest=L3BnL2pzcC9tZWRpYS9mbGFzaHdlbGNvbWUuanNwP3BpZD0xMjkwMQ==).

Listen!

Given Ingraham's track record, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin should take notice.

In 2010 these men took a special interest in the Delaware Republican Senate primary. They helped conservative Christine O'Donnell win the primary over then Delaware's longtime Congressman and former Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Mike Castle, because Castle wasn't nearly conservative enough for them. Alas, there was a problem with that. The problem was that O'Donnell lacked the education, experience and articulateness that a United States Senator needs and so the very liberal county executive and Yale Law School graduate Chris Coons proceeded to win the debates and the election easily. (But Otto von Bismarck was right — "Politics is the art of the possible" — and, ironically, Castle very probably would have easily beaten Coons and, yes, a "RINO" like Castle would have been at least somewhat better than Coons.)

It's time for Limbaugh, Hannity and Levin to remember that Reagan won New York twice by fighting for it instead of conceding it and join the prescient Ingraham in supporting Long's campaign. It's true that they ordinarily do not involve themselves in primaries, but (1) they did for O'Donnell, (2) unlike O'Donnell, Long is a superbly qualified conservative who can win the debates and do the job very well from day one, and(3) since Long already won the Conservative nomination, if Long doesn't win the Republican nomination too, then the conventional wisdom that Gillibrand is safe will turn out to be true.

© 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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