A pretty disturbing report coming out of U.S. Senate candidate, Wendy Long’s campaign. Apparently, a poll worker reviewed Long’s ballot and told her it would be rejected because she didn’t “fill in every space”.
When Long countered that you can indeed leave some sections of the ballot blank, the poll worker again indicated her ballot would be rejected.
Long correctly informed the worker that forcing a voter to vote in every race, would essentially result in that person being forced to vote for candidates they do not want.
The poll worker even went so far as to suggest Long should mark the Democratic line all the way down.
Here is a letter released by Long:
“This morning when I went to vote, a poll worker who was at the scanner, studied my private ballot and proceeded to tell me that it was rejected because I did not ‘fill in every space.’ She then proceeded to indicate that I should mark the Democratic line all the way down.
The poll worker said, ‘you have to fill in all of THESE, all the way down,” indicating the whole line at the far left of the ballot, saying ‘you can’t leave any blank.'”
I said, “I’m sorry, but that just can’t be the case …. that would force me to vote for people I don’t want to vote for.” She insisted again, that every office had to be filled out or the ballot would be rejected. And I said again “I don’t want to vote for those people!”
I protested again and said that I wanted to feed my ballot into the scanner as I had filled it out. She eventually relented saying ‘well you can TRY it’ — meaning she would allow me to put it in the scanner.
It obviously worked.
I had just remarked to all the poll workers, before I filled in my ballot, that we were all very fortunate to have heat and water and electricity.
It is heartbreaking, especially in these trying times for New York City with thousands of voters displaced from their homes and their polling locations, that poll workers would behave in this way, and through intent or ignorance, work to distort the outcome of an election and violate an individual’s right to vote for whomever he or she chooses.
I urge all voters to know your rights when you vote.
You can ask for help in how to operate the scanner, but your ballot is private and cannot and should not be inspected.
You do not have to vote in every office, or fill in every oval. Vote only for the candidates whom YOU want to vote for.
Finally, question authority – poll workers are there to help you to vote, not to tell you how vote. If one crosses the line, contact the Attorney General’s Office or your local Board of Elections.”
Poll workers shouldn’t be trying to persuade anybody to vote in a certain manner, but it is even more absurd when you try to coax a Republican candidate for office to vote straight Democrat.
U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long today called upon State, City and Federal officials to examine the feasibility of using cruise ships to accommodate displaced New Yorkers.
“Cruise ships could feasibly be used as a solution to displaced New Yorkers, and FEMA could reimburse for the expense. We have 40,000 New Yorkers who have no accommodations. Cruise ships are essentially mobile cities, that could provide the necessary food, water, and shelter that proud New Yorkers need, given the heartbreaking aftermath of Hurricane Sandy,” said Long.
The average Carnival cruise ship can hold 2,744 people. The amount of cruise ships potentially available could provide relief to thousands of New Yorkers that are in need.
“The 40,000 struggling New Yorkers need outside the box thinking, as conventional means of dealing with this crisis is not working as quickly as it should. Cruise ships are a real solution that could provide temporary housing for displaced families, friends and neighbors. Officials need to recognize the great potential of this solution and immediately examine this as a potential option for struggling New Yorkers, and need to act soon,” concluded Long.
U.S. Senate Candidate Wendy Long ripped the President for using the occasion of the Hurricane Sandy devastation to act like a President for perhaps the only time in his administration. Long stated, “We don’t need a President who shows up once in four years … we need one who shows up every day.”
On Fred Dicker’s “Live from the State Capitol” Albany radio show, Long contrasted President Barack Obama’s visit to New Jersey in the wake of Hurricane Sandy from his “aloof, detached, and partisan” performance as President for the last 3.8 years.
She then compared his efforts to that of a Little League player awarded a trophy for participation.
“The current cultural trend to award trophies for ‘just showing up’ is one thing in Little League, but quite another in the big league, when it applies to the President of the United States. So many Americans who were already struggling to find work and pay their bills now have to add recovering from a hurricane to their difficulties. Where is the disaster relief for the middle class and the working class of this country?” concluded Long.
It would seem that long forget that the President had already received a trophy early on in his term – just for showing up.
Long also took a little swipe at New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who for some reason was so surprised by the President’s actions in doing his job, that he suddenly started singing his praises in an over-the-top manner the past few days.
“It is remarkable to me that it took a disaster of this magnitude, and the loss of life, for the President to act constructively with the Governor of one of the most densely populated states in the nation. President Obama has been absent in the state of New Jersey, unless it was for a fundraiser or campaign rally. The rarity of this gesture from President Obama caused Governor Christie to be overly effusive to the President in front of the news media,” continued Long.
Yesterday, New York GOP Chairman Ed Cox released the following statement:
“At Skidmore College this evening, Wendy Long and Kirsten Gillibrand engaged in their only debate – while Long had agreed to six separate debates, New York’s Junior Senator only agreed to one.
On taxes, Long cited Ronald Reagan’s caveat that ‘the federal government doesn’t have debt and deficits because the American people are undertaxed,’ and pledged to lower the federal tax burden for New Yorkers, already the most taxed citizens in the nation.
Gillibrand paid lipservice to the fiscal conservatism, but when pressed by Long, was unable to cite a single federal program that she would cut.
Gillibrand tried in vain to cast herself as a supporter of the Second Amendment, but was unable to explain her 180 degree flip-flop on gun control, which led the NRA to downgrade her from an “A” rating to an “F”.
Gillibrand, who has been selling baseless “War on Women” rhetoric for years, refused to accept Long’s invitation to join her in calling for the resignation of Speaker Sheldon Silver, who was caught using taxpayer money as hush payouts for female victims of rape and sexual harassment in the New York State Assembly.
Wendy Long is the only person in this race who will put the people of New York over partisan interests.”
The Democrat and Chronicle has reviewed several political ads in New York for accuracy, one of which was the recent National Horizon super PAC ad that Kirsten Gillibrand’s lawyers tried to have censored.
The ad hammers Kirsten Gillibrand for her support of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act which contains numerous hidden taxes, including a medical device tax which has eliminated hundreds of jobs already in New York.
Rather than countering the facts contained in the ad, Team Gillibrand has decided to focus on the text of statements in the ad, which to them resemble newspaper headlines.
As a result, attorneys representing Ms. Gillibrand sent letters to TV station executives demanding that the ads be pulled for being ‘misleading and deceptive’.
Turns out there was a reason her lawyers wanted that ad pulled – it was true.
According to the D&C:
In “Job Killer,” outside group National Horizon attacks U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, claiming she cost New York jobs. We looked at the basic facts behind this ad, and they are true.
Today the New York GOP released the following statement:
The respected Rochester Democrat and Chronicle just confirmed what most New Yorkers already know: Kirsten Gillibrand is bad for jobs. Kirsten’s campaign rhetoric touts her support for the manufacturing industry in Upstate New York, but according to the Rochester newspaper: “Gillibrand voted for the 2010 Affordable Care Act to overhaul the nation’s health care system. That legislation included as a revenue source a 2.3 percent federal excise tax to be paid by manufacturers and importers of certain medical devices.”
The paper described how Kirsten’s rubber-stamping of the Pelosi-Reid agenda has already cost some New Yorkers their jobs: “Upstate medical device manufacturer Welch Allyn, based on Skaneateles Falls, described the medical device tax as ‘onerous’ in a September news release in which the company announced a corporate restructuring that will result on the layoff of 10 percent of its workforce over three years.”
New Yorkers are hungry for real, independent leadership in Washington, not the partisan gridlock that comes from blind loyalty to party leaders. And on Election Day, New Yorkers have that leadership again when we send Wendy Long to the US Senate.
Gillibrand and the Affordable Care Act are indeed costing jobs in New York, there is no doubt. But isn’t trying to take the focus off of the facts, and placing it on frivolous censorship attempts, in itself a ‘misleading and deceptive’ act?
Thankfully, the D&C has seen through the smokescreen, letting New Yorkers know that Wendy Long is the one honest candidate in this campaign, and Kirsten Gillibrand is simply diverting their attention from the facts.
Here is the ad for those who may have missed it:
Wendy Long calls on Sen. Gillibrand to support Marcellus & Utica shale drilling, after again touting a bogus jobs bill in Binghamton on Monday.
In the wake of a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey that concludes the availability of 38 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Utica Shale deposit, U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long repeated her call for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to make clear her support for the development of hydraulic fracturing in not only the Marcellus shale deposits, but also the Utica shale deposits in New York.
“From Welch Allyn in Skaneateles, to Sikorsky in Big Flats to GM in Honeoye Falls, New York is losing manufacturing jobs and as other states more forward with not only the Marcellus, but also Utica shale drilling, New York sits idle on the issue, because of the celebrity left wing opponents that Sen. Gillibrand is afraid to offend,” said Long.
The Marcellus is one of the richest natural gas reserves in the world, and the Utica Shale has even more potential. Neighbors to New York, including Pennsylvania have already successfully drilled the Marcellus shale for years, have drilled over 100 Utica shale wells currently, and have 452 permits to drill in the Utica deposit moving forward.
“New York needs to get back to work; shale drilling can make that happen. The lack of Marcellus drilling, but also Utica shale drilling has not only highlighted New York’s ability to fall behind other states, but continues to deprive jobs for New Yorkers. As Sen. Gillibrand parades around New York talking about phony jobs bills she ignores one of the best ways to make that happen,” continued Long.
Just yesterday, Senator Gillibrand was in Binghamton and instead of talking about a real job creator, shale gas, she was touting the “America Innovates Act”; another bill with government picking winners and losers with high-tech companies. The “America Innovates Act” (S.2369) was co-sponsored by Sen. Gillibrand, and like her other phony job bills, was not voted on, and referred to a committee.
“Sen. Gillibrand simply doesn’t get it; big government cannot create jobs, only the private sector can. Instead of touting phony jobs bills and falsely giving New Yorkers hope for new jobs, as they lose their current ones, Sen. Gillibrand should explain to New York why she refuses to support a technology that has put other states to work, and could put New Yorkers to work as well,” concluded Long.
Recently, the Arizona-based Super PAC, National Horizon ran a television ad in support of U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long. The ad hammers Kirsten Gillibrand for her support of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act which contains numerous hidden taxes, including a medical device tax which has eliminated hundreds of jobs already in New York.
Rather than countering the facts contained in the ad, Team Gillibrand has decided to focus on the text of statements in the ad, which to them resemble newspaper headlines.
As a result, attorneys representing Ms. Gillibrand have sent letters to TV station executives demanding that the ads be pulled for being ‘misleading and deceptive’.
Oddly enough, when Long asked Gillibrand to denounce an Obama Super PAC ad a couple of months ago which portrayed Mitt Romney as being responsible for the death of a man’s wife, she was nowhere to be found.
What Gillibrand gains from trying to censor an ad because it portrays her in a negative light is questionable. If every political ad were pulled based on being ‘misleading and deceptive’ there’d be no political ads on either side of the aisle. Anywhere. Ever.
More curious is the fact that Gillibrand is not disputing the facts put forth in the ad – that her support of the Affordable Care Act contributed to the loss of jobs in New York State. The truth is, denying that reality would be difficult.
Welch Allyn, a company that manufactures medical diagnostic equipment in central New York, announced in September that they would be laying off 275 employees, or roughly 10% of their workforce. One of the major reasons discussed for the layoffs was a proactive response to the Medical Device Tax mandated by the new healthcare law.
The Medical Device Tax is a 2.3% excise tax levied on manufacturers and importers of certain medical devices, and is scheduled to begin wreaking havoc on the medical industry, hospitals, doctors and patients, in 2013.
In an interview with the Syracuse Post-Standard, Steve Meyer, President and CEO at Welch Allyn, called the tax “onerous and impactful”.
Meyer provided a basic mathematical model to highlight his point:
For example, a company that has $100 million in sales would pay $2.3 million in tax, Meyer explained. If that same company earns $10 million in profit that tax now represents a 23 percent dip in the bottom line, he said.
When bottom lines are effected, companies will necessarily adjust profit margins through other means – in this case, a staff restructuring.
Gillibrand and the Affordable Care Act is indeed costing jobs in New York, there is no doubt. Isn’t trying to take the focus off of that, and placing it on frivolous censorship attempts, in itself a ‘misleading and deceptive’ act?
Long: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. & Senator Gillibrand Should Meet the Laid off Workers of Sikorsky and Big Flats
Why are liberals like Kennedy and Gillibrand killing hydrofracking and consigning the future of upstate to oblivion?
In the wake of reports that the Cuomo administration is “consigning fracking to oblivion,” U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long challenged Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Senator Gillibrand to visit with the laid off workers of Sikorsky and tell them where their next job will come from.
“Unelected, un-appointed and even unregistered celebrity lobbyists like Robert Kennedy Jr., should visit the people of Big Flats and the Southern Tier and tell them why he opposes their economic future and freedom,” said U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long.
According to a report by the New York Times the decision to shelve hydrofracking comes after “the governor has been influenced by the unshakable opposition from a corps of environmentalists and celebrity activists who are concerned about the safety of the water supply. The opponents include a number of people close to the governor, including Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a longtime environmental activist in New York whose sister is the governor’s ex-wife.”
Long said, “Clearly, the Kennedy-Gillibrand liberal establishment doesn’t care about the future of upstate New York but I believe Governor Cuomo does, that’s why I’m urging him to move forward with hydrofracking now. We need the jobs and the energy, and the growth of industry and manufacturing now — not next month, not next year, not next decade.”
It’s ironic, in 1968 after touring Appalachia Robert F. Kennedy said, “I run for the presidency because I have seen proud men in the hills of Appalachia, who wish only to work in dignity, but they cannot, for the mines are closed and their jobs are gone and no one – neither industry, nor labor, nor government – has cared enough to help.”
FreedomWorks PAC endorsed Wendy Long in the New York Senate race today following in-depth discussions with Long, and a detailed look at her record. FreedomWorks PAC believes Wendy Long is the clear choice for voters who support free markets, fiscal responsibility, and constitutionally-limited government.
Wendy Long has an established record of public service as an aide for two U.S Senators and a clerk for the U.S. Appeals Court and the Supreme Court. She also had a distinguished career in the private and non-profit sectors, working her way up to partner at a prominent New York law firm and helping to build the Judicial Crisis Network, which educates the public about the proper Constitutional role of the courts.
FreedomWorks PAC Executive Director Max Pappas commented, “Wendy Long is a Constitutional law expert who understands fully why we must limit the size and scope of the federal government. She understands that the quickest way to a healthy, growing economy is to free individuals and small businesses from excessive meddling by government bureaucrats and tax collectors.”
“In contrast, Senator Gillibrand has been a rubber stamp for President Obama’s big-government agenda, voting for the government takeover of health care, the failed stimulus program, and the President’s unsustainable levels of spending. Wendy Long will fight for lasting economic recovery and job creation, and will be a consistent vote for responsible spending reforms.”
FreedomWorks PAC has also endorsed the following U.S. Senate candidates in this election cycle: Jeff Flake (Arizona), Connie Mack (Florida), Ted Cruz (Texas), Richard Mourdock (Indiana), Tom Smith (Pennsylvania), George Allen (Virginia), Dan Bongino (Maryland) and Josh Mandel (Ohio).
FreedomWorks PAC is a grassroots service center to a community of over 2 million activists nationwide dedicated to fighting for lower taxes, less government, and more freedom in every Congressional district in America. For more information about the PAC, please visit http://www.FreedomWorksPAC.org, or contact Executive Director Max Pappas at Max.Pappas@FreedomWorks.org.