New York Republicans are still waiting to hear Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand name a single Republican who has benefited from her ‘Off the Sidelines’ website. Seems like they’ll be waiting a little longer, too.
Despite the claim that Republican women have been helped by the site – claims made by Gillibrand herself – nobody from the Democrat’s campaign has been willing to offer any proof. As such, her opponent Wendy Long, has challenged Gillibrand to put her campaign money where her mouth is.
A year after being caught by the Buffalo News misleading voters about her Off the Sidelines campaign, Kirsten Gillibrand is at it again. This time, she is trying to represent the organization as a bipartisan social organization rather than exactly what it is: a front for Gillibrand for Senate.
On MSNBC’s NOW with Alex Wagner, Gillibrand said, “I’ve been doing it nationwide, trying to get more women, Democrats, Republicans, all women, to again, hold their elected leaders accountable, vote, and hopefully run for office. They just need to be asked.”
U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long said, “The question remains, can Senator Gillibrand name a single Republican woman who “Off the Sidelines” aka Gillibrand for Senate has assisted?”
In response to inquiries, Gillibrand spokesman Glen Caplin said, “I’m not going to comment on a clear distortion of reality and the facts.”
This is the same Glen Caplin that told the Buffalo News on July 5, 2011 that “Off the Sidelines is not meant to be a fundraising venture, but rather an attempt to inspire women to get involved politically.”
This is the same Glen Caplin, who in the same article said, “It is very transparent that it is Gillibrand for Senate.” And then just days later following scrutiny from The Buffalo News updated the Off the Sidelines site to clarify that it was a Gillibrand project, and that donations were going directly to Senator Gillibrand.
“The only distortion is the con job Kirsten Gillibrand continues to perpetuate by falsely representing that Off the Sidelines is anything but a front for Gillibrand for Senate,” said Wendy Long.
Added Long, “Gillibrand should take down the site and turnover these proceeds raised under false pretenses to an organization dedicated to advancing all women, not just Kirsten Gillibrand.”
Today, NYGOP spokeswoman Becky Miller released the following statement regarding Senator Gillibrand’s stint yesterday on MSNBC’s “NOW with Alex Wagner:”
“On MSNBC yesterday, Kirsten Gillibrand touted ‘OffTheSidelines.org’, a website she’s running to get ‘more women, Democrats, Republicans, all women, to hopefully run for office.’
But according to an exposé by the Weekly Standard, OffTheSidelines.org is:
“nothing more than a gateway site and fundraising tool for the Gillibrand campaign. A disclaimer at the bottom of the page says the site is “paid for by Gillibrand for Senate.” The homepage has a prominent link to ‘Contribute to Gillibrand for Senate,’ and another link to simply ‘contribute’ leads to a Gillibrand for Senate contribution form.”
“During her interview, Gillibrand referenced the 11 women who are running for US Senate this year. Indeed there are 11 female Democrats running for Senate – but there are also seven female Republicans, which New York’s Junior Senator didn’t deign to mention.
“Kirsten Gillibrand’s career in the Senate is built on a foundation of lies and deceit, from touring New York touting new ‘jobs bills’ that never get passed to lying about her role helping women participate in politics.
“We call on Kirsten Gillibrand to name the Republican women that her organization helps – or admit that OffTheSidelines.org is a sham: just another way to funnel money to her reelection campaign.”
GOP Calling Gillibrand’s Bluff, Demand Proof That Her Independent Organization Has Benefited Republican Women
Yesterday, the New York GOP released the following statement in response to Senator Gillibrand’s (D-NY) appearance on MSNBC, where she claimed her “independent” organization helps women of both parties get elected:
Yesterday, on MSNBC, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand proudly touted her organization “Off the Sidelines.org” as one that works with both Democrat and Republican women alike, when in fact all proceeds of her seemingly independent organization go directly to her campaign war chest.
Last year, the Buffalo News reported on Senator Gillibrand’s “independent organization” as nothing more than a distraction. The website encouraged people to donate to her re-election campaign by leading them to believe they were supporting women’s rights. It was a duplicitous cash grab and a total misrepresentation of the group’s efforts and under pressure Senator Gillibrand admitted as much.
One year later, Senator Gillibrand is back at it, telling Alex Wagner of MSNBC that Off the Sidelines is helping both Republican and Democrat women get elected.
We call on Senator Gillibrand to identify those Republican women whom benefit, or have benefitted, from Off the Sidelines.org, or simply admit that contributions to the organization go directly to her reelection campaign, rather than to getting both Republican and Democrat women involved in the issues, as she claimed on Alex Wagner’s show yesterday.
Instead of touting bogus bipartisanship, Senator Gillibrand should focus on getting co-sponsors for any one of her stalled jobs bills or sponsor legislation to repeal Obamacare, which has raided $741 Billion from Medicare, putting our seniors at risk.
Here’s the video of Senator Gillibrand on the Alex Wagner show…
But OffTheSidelines appears to be nothing more than a gateway site and fundraising tool for the Gillibrand campaign. A disclaimer at the bottom of the page says the site is “paid for by Gillibrand for Senate.” The homepage has a prominent link to “Contribute to Gillibrand for Senate,” and another link to simply “contribute” leads to a Gillibrand for Senate contribution form.
Video: Super-Blonde Meghan McCain Describes a Santorum Nomination,"I mean, it is going to be bedlam and hysteria like you have never seen.”
Like, she’s so insightful…
On Wednesday’s edition of Now with Alex Wagner, the eponymous host asked MSNBC commentator Meghan McCain if her party was in crisis. McCain trashed the Iowa caucus and dreaded the rise of surging Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum. “My father did not become the nominee having anything to do with the Iowa caucus. I find it completely irrelevant. If Rick Santorum becomes the nominee of this party, I mean, it is going to be bedlam and hysteria like you have never seen.”
Betting odds on her knowing what the word hysteria means? That’s three syllables longer than any other words she comprehends.