Most everyone agrees that name-calling is a low-class political tactic. Nevertheless, you have to give GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino credit. Whenever he pins a tag to an opponent, it sticks. Why? Because he knows that millions of New Yorkers agree with the characterization.
That's the way it was last month when Paladino dubbed Republican designee Rick Lazio a "chicken" for refusing to debate. And that's the way it was last week when Paladino called Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver "diabolical." Seems okay to us.
The Ulster County Republicans have endorsed Paladino for Governor. Ulster County is the latest of a growing number of county GOP organizations throwing their support to Carl Paladino. Others include Chemung, Seneca, Genesee, Orleans, Cayuga, Niagara, and Erie counties.
New York's presumed next governor, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, visited the State Fair on Sept. 1, but he declined the traditional tour with the fair's director, Dan O'Hara. Cuomo's reticence to hang with fellow Democrat O'Hara stems from the ongoing state investigation into all manner of freewheeling and dealing at the annual expo, dating back to the tenure of Peter Cappuccilli Jr., a Republican.
Instead Cuomo lunched on sausage sandwiches with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner.
The abortion rights group, NARAL Pro-Choice America, has endorsed Rep. Dan Maffei, D-DeWitt, for re-election in New York's 25th District. The group's news release quotes Maffei's syrupy acceptance: "Earning NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC's endorsement is a source of pride for my campaign. Standing up for the rights of women in my district is critical, and at a time when extreme anti-choice candidates are running for Congress, it is so important that we not take anything for granted." Maffei faces Republican Ann Marie Buerkle in the November election. Buerkle, a nurse-turned-health care-lawyer, opposes abortion.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer is getting ready for the November elections by blowing $2.5 million of your tax money on Syracuse University to help Centro "upgrade" bus service in downtown. Your taxes will pay for electronic signs to display real-time arrival and departure times, and install unproven technology in about 20 busses to tell drivers of traffic problems. Repeat after me: "Thank you Senator Schumer." The Informer is just so excited about this. Schumer, a Democrat, will face the winner from this week's GOP Primary Election.