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Schumer against non-partisan redistricting 'if other states aren't doing it'

Monday, November 08, 2010

Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer warns about "losing all that seniority" if New York goes forward with plans for non-partisan redistricting, "if other states aren't doing it."

Earlier this fall, Schumer reportedly called Ed Koch, a major proponent of non-partisan redistricting, to register his opposition.

More on Schumer and redistricting here and here.

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Schumer beats Cuomo

Friday, November 05, 2010

If you're counting top vote-getter in the state, it goes to Schumer:

2,710,735-Schumer
2,602,443-Cuomo
2,519,806-Gillibrand
2,207,728-Schneiderman
2,014,091-DiNapoli

That's according to AP reports of the polling numbers. So, New York is still Schumer country, even if Cuomo is its governor.

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Despite complaint, judge says keep NYS ballot

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Federal Judge Raymond Dearie, who ruled the NYS ballots are unconstitutional and wanted them all reprinted before the November 2 elections, has vacated his decision, saying it's impossible to fix the situation in time.

The problem arose because Randy Credico, one of the lesser known candidates running against Senator Schumer, said it was unfair he was only listed once on the ballot, even though he's representing more than one party.

Why is that? It's state law.

Credico gets listed once on the ballot because A) he's not a gubernatorial candidate and B) the parties he's representing don't already have automatic ballot status (they're the Anti-Prohibition and Libertarian Parties). The thinking goes, a fringe candidate can "create" dozens of these kind of parties, creating a logistical nightmare for ballot designers (who have enough problems already).

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Schumer helps Meek

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Chuck Schumer helps raise money for Florida Senate candidate Kendrick Meek in Manhattan. The event comes one day after VP Joe Biden helps Rep. Tim Bishop bring in some cash at the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel.

The event is taking place at the home of Bruce Gordon, former president of the NAACP, who quit amid some acrimony.

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Schumer's push to repeal DADT

Friday, October 15, 2010

During last night's Empire State Pride Agenda gala in Manhattan, Chuck Schumer said a repeal of DADT will be attached to a defense authorization bill scheduled to be voted on in November.

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Democrats lead in Senate race; Schneiderman has NYC vote

Friday, October 08, 2010

Democrats have commanding leads in two US Senate races in New York, but the race for attorney general is closer, according to a Quinnipiac poll of likely voters.

Kirsten Gillibrand leads former GOP congressman Joe DioGuardi, 55-34 percent. That's up from the 48-42 percent race that Quinnipiac had in their poll two weeks ago.

Chuck Schumer leads Republican Jay Townsend 63-32 percent, with 65 percent of respondents saying they don't know enough about Townsend to have an opinion.

In the attorney general's race, Democratic State Senator Eric Schneiderman leads Republican District Attorney Dan Donovan 43-32 percent. Another 24 percent of voters remain undecided.

Donovan leads Schneiderman among independent voters, 36-30 percent. Schneiderman narrowly leads Donovan among upstate voters, 37-35 percent, (which is within the poll's 2.9 percent margin of error), and nearly splits the suburban vote, 40-39 percent.

Schneiderman's biggest leads is among New York City voters, where he leads Donovan 54-24.

In the state comptroller's race, incumbent Tom DiNapoli (who was appointed to the position and has not run statewide before) leads his Republican rival, Wall Street financier Harry Wilson 49-31 percent.

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'I don't know what we would do without him'

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Chuck Schumer's latest ad pulls the heart strings with a story about one particular constituent helped by the senior senator. The anecdote fits into a larger narrative that a lot of challengers, and incumbents too, are saying this season: things in Washington need fixing.

The ad also makes no mention of his Republican challenger, Jay Townsend, whom Schumer seems intent on ignoring.

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Schumer's On-the-Record Praise of Maloney

Monday, September 13, 2010

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From an email Senator Schumer sent to Maloney supporters this morning:

"Carolyn is a smart, forward-thinking and effective legislator."

The praise is particularly noteworthy for those obsessed with the New York political chatter, which often isn't kind to Maloney, as evidenced by this line in a recent profile of the congresswoman when she was contemplating a Senate bid against Kirsten Gillibrand: "Mr. Schumer, in particular, is known to have a low opinion of her abilities and her intellect."

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Schumer’s GOP Rivals: Conservative vs Tea Party

Thursday, August 26, 2010


Jay Townsend smiled at the end of nearly every sentence. Gary Berntsen measured each syllable coming out of his mouth like a man trying not to lose his temper.

The two senate candidates running for the Republican nomination and the chance to take on Senator Schumer differed more on style than on substance. In their fist televised debate Monday night in Schenectady, Townsend, a communication consultant, and Berntsen, a former CIA operative, both agreed on supporting Arizona’s tough immigration law; disbelief in global warming; and, somewhat surprisingly, support for civil unions for same-sex couples.

The biggest clashes between the two candidates came when each claimed to have been early opponents to the plan to build an Islamic center two blocks from Ground Zero.

“I’m proud to say I was the first statewide candidate to go to Ground Zero and speak publically about the mosque and suggest that the imam put it elsewhere,” said Townsend.

Later, Bernsten, whose work in chasing the Taliban through the hills of Tora Bora were told in a best-selling memoir, said, “I’ll let you know I’ve been doing this for twenty years and a time stamp on your press release doesn’t mean very much.”

The other flashpoint between the two came when Townsend argued he’s more electable in November because already has the endorsement of the Conservative Party, a necessary ingredient for any Republican running statewide.

Townsend said, “I’m the only one on stage tonight who will have the Conservative line. No Republican has won a statewide election in New York without the Conservative line since Gerry Ford.”

Berntsen shot back, “I have the Taxpayer line, a new line that was created. I am the Republican designee, having won by twenty-five percent at the convention. I will turn out a large number of Republicans, I will turn out the Tea Party, in force. The Tea Party is the new conservative movement in New York. The Conservative Party will be small in comparison.”

Both men were unsparing in their criticism of Schumer, who is seeking his third term in the Senate and, depending on whether Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid survives his re-election, be in a position to become that chamber’s highest ranking official.

Townsend and Berntsen – when they finally put their focus on Schumer, said he had compromised his responsibility to New York for the sake of elevating himself in the Senate.

“He is more interested in being majority leader than fighting for the state of New York,” said Townsend. Specifically, Townsend said the new federal health care legislation contained billions of unfunded mandates that will be borne by New York property taxpayers.

Schumer “doesn’t stand up on the tough issues,” said Berntsen. “On the issue of the mosque right now, he’s in the fetal position in his office. He hasn’t made a statement. He’s hiding.”

A spokesman for Schumer has previously said the senator “is not opposed” to the plan.

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‘I’m Not Opposed to It…Nothing More to Add’

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

/> Chuck Schumer tries proving Gary Berntsen's criticism is true, telling reporters who ask about the Park51 project:

Well, um, I really have nothing new to add. As I’ve said over the last several weeks, I’m not opposed to it, and I think that’s the appropriate thing for me to say. So, I have nothing more new to add. OK?”

[h/t SoP]

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Now that WFP Won't Face Federal Charges...

Friday, August 20, 2010

Now that the Working Families Party says the U.S. Attorney’s office has decided not to press charges against it, the focus will return to the party’s other pressing matter: whether Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Cuomo will accept the party’s nomination?

When the endorsement was offered to him, Cuomo said no, citing the ongoing investigation by the U.S. Attorney's office.

The party, in response, nominated a placeholder candidate they could swap out later.

But a number of prominent Democrats weren't deterred. Already appearing on the WFP line are people like Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and a bunch of Democratic congress members and state legislators.

I sent an inquiry to Cuomo’s campaign seeking a response to the WFP news. I'll update when I get a response.

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