Long: Gillibrand Needs to Tell Speaker Silver to Step Aside in Light of "Gropergate" Investigation

September 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm (Dennis Hastert, Gropergate, John Sweeney, Kirsten Gillibrand, New York, NY-20, Off the Sidelines, Sheldon Silver, Vito Lopez, War on Women, Wendy Long)

A whole new level of hypocrisy and dysfunction, that’s the state things have gone to in Albany where top Democrats pay taxpayer dollars in hush money to silence victims of sexual harassment. But where is Senator Gillibrand, America’s number one cheerleader for women’s rights?

U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long said, “As New York Democrats rally in Charlotte and attempt to distract attention from jobs and the economy with talk of a phony ‘war on women,’ they turn their back on systematic and government-sanctioned sexual harassment back here in New York. It’s time for Senator Gillibrand, self-anointed protector of women’s rights, to get ‘off the side lines’ and call on Speaker Silver to step aside while investigations by JCOPE and Staten Island District Attorney Donovan proceed.”

Gillibrand, who only belatedly called for Lopez’s resignation, has worked fanatically to position herself as an advocate for women’s rights, even claiming that her campaign front, Off the Sidelines, assists Republicans. But when it comes to standing up for victims of sexual harassment and bucking her party, she has lost her voice.

In her 2006 race for Congress, Gillibrand urged then Congressman Sweeney to join her in calling for the resignation of Speaker Dennis Hastert in the wake of his negligence in handling the information provided to his office about Congressman Foley’s interaction with young Congressional pages.

“Democrats are scurrying like rats off a sinking ship to distance themselves from Lopez’s predatory behavior, but equally disturbing is the good old boy network that attempted to sweep ‘Gropergate’ under the rug and use taxpayer dollars to silence victims. New Yorkers deserve to know the truth, and Senator Gillibrand should call on the Speaker to step aside from his leadership post to assure a swift and complete investigation of the matter,” added Long.

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Gingrich Picking Up Endorsements in New York

February 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm (Carl Paladino, GOP, John Sweeney, Mitt Romney, New York, Newt Gingrich, Primaries, Republicans)

Newt Gingrich has been picking up some political endorsements of late, in a state that leans heavily to the left, and despite an establishment Republican party that has thrown their weight behind Mitt Romney.

From Capital Tonight:

A Long Island source called in to report that GOP circles are abuzz with news of phone calls received this week from former Rep. John Sweeney, who is trying to put together a slate of New York convention delegates for presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich.
Numerous Suffolk and Nassau County electeds, donors, and former officials have received calls from Sweeney, who served in the House from 1999 to 2007, arriving just as Gingrich was ending his tenure there.
Sweeney’s efforts on behalf of Gingrich puts him at odds with most of the Republican establishment in New York, which is backing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, not to mention his former colleagues in the Pataki administration, who are very pro-Romney (Pataki’s longtime political aide, Rob Cole, worked on Romney I in 2008 and is also on this campaign).

Additionally, Carl Paladino who proved he knows a thing or two about pulling off upsets, by shocking the establishment GOP in defeating Rick Lazio in the Republican primary in 2010, is also voicing support for Gingrich.

Buffalo businessman and 2010 GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino has said he plans to be a Gingrich delegate when the Republicans gather at the convention in Tampa, Florida this August.

A list of delegates is required to be submitted to the Board of Elections by February 21st.

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