Michael Gaynor
Is a United States Senate seat for sale in New York this year?
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By Michael Gaynor
July 26, 2012

It is Gillibrand who faces a dilemma: voters deserve and want debates and Gillibrand either will avoid them and demonstrates her unfitness or accept them and then lose them and the election to Long.

On July 25, 2012, Aaron Wheeler of The Livingston County News reported: "Fundraising statistics show that incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand has about 100 times more money in the bank for her reelection campaign than Republican challenger Wendy Long. Gillibrand's accounts showed a pot of $10.5 million as opposed to Long's $96,411. Faced with those odds some experts on elections say that Long has not chance against her opponent. 'Anything is possible,; said Evan Stavisky of the Parkside Group. 'But in order to calculate her chances of success you'd need to have NASA working around the clock to build a telescope big enough to see something that small.'"

Long spokesperson David Catalfamo responded: "We're confident that we'll have the resources to compete. And there's limits to what money can do. Gillibrand's record on the economy is miserable, and I don't know that $10.5 million is enough to hide that."

Catalfamo has valid points about the limits of money and Gillibrand's miserable record.

Long is running on the limits of government and the possibilities of freedom and that has resonated throughout America's history.

Last June Long won a majority of the votes in the Republican senate primary against two better funded opponents and the wealthiest candidate came in last, winning only one of 52 counties (his home county).

If wealth were always decisive, the American Revolution would have been a futile rebellion and Nelson Rockefeller would have been President of the United States.

Gillibrand told reporters, "Polls come and go."

About that, she's right.

Gillibrand's been a United States Senator since she was appointed to the position in 2009 and won a race in 2010 to complete Hillary Clinton's term. She suddenly transformed from a Blue Dog Democrat member of the House of Representatives from upstate to National Journal's designee as the most "liberal" of the 100 United States senators and she will need all her money and much more to deflect voter attention from her Senator Etch a Sketch behavior, especially against Long, a principled Reagan Republican since Reagan ran for President. Gillibrand added, "I'm focused on the issues...."

She's focused on winning.

When the voters focus on the issues, Long will win.

It is Gillibrand who faces a dilemma: voters deserve and want debates and Gillibrand either will avoid them and demonstrates her unfitness or accept them and then lose them and the election to Long.

Gillibrand says that she hopes that she'd "been doing what people want [her] to do," but the record shows that she has not: her record is abysmal and New Yorkers prefer principled leaders, not coreless political hacks who only can be trusted to be opportunistic.

Last year The Times of India reported (http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-09-24/holistic-living/29661317_1_study-autonomy-wealth): "Providing people with freedom and personal autonomy appears to be more important than money in giving them good health and happiness, according to a new research."

Long is the traditional American values candidate and New York voters will know all they need to know about the candidates and the issues before Election Day 2012.

© 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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