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Carole King's Candidate vs Russell Simmons' Candidate

Monday, September 13, 2010

WNYC

Singer/songwriter Carole King brought you the song “You’ve Got a Friend.” Hip-hop impessario Russell Simmons brought the song “Walk This Way.” Now, they’re bringing you rival congressional candidates.

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Who Wins Fights About Debates?

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

WNYC

I've been watching the Reshma Saujani and Carolyn Maloney's one-sided spat about debates. To help me understand the value of this fight in the grand scheme of things, Democratic consultant Michael Oliva offers his thoughts:

I've been milling this over in my brain.  

Has calling on a candidate, who is way ahead, to a debate, by the candidate who is way behind, EVER worked, because...
A) The candidate way ahead caved to pressure, debated, and did so badly they lost the election, or...
B) The candidate way ahead refused to debate, and received such bad publicity, they nosedived and lost
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I can't think of one instance of either A or B ever happening.
That's how you know it's the mark of death.  It's because a campaign is putting their emotion and frustration ahead of good strategy, because they feel they have exhausted all other options, even though they know the tactic won't work.  If the people COULD ONLY SEE how much better we are THEN they'd get it and vote for us.
...and even if true how many people ever even see?
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Saujani Slams Maloney for Declining Debate Invite

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

WNYC

Democratic congressional candidate Reshma Saujani has produced a Web video slamming Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney for declining an invitation to debate.

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Vetting Islamic Center and Mosque Money

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

WNYC

Democratic congressional candidate Reshma Saujani was part of a Fox News panel this morning discussing, among other things, the Islamic center slated for near Ground Zero.

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Maloney Skips Rangel Party for Family Event

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

WNYC

I’m told Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) will be out of state and not attending Rep. Charlie Rangel’s birthday event. She’ll be out of town for a personal family meeting, according to someone familiar with the plans.

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Maloney Balks at Debating Democrat Rival

Monday, August 02, 2010

WNYC

Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney declined to accept an invitation from Baruch College to debate her Democratic opponent, Reshma Saujani.

After Saujani e-mailed to say that she accepted the college's invitation, I asked Maloney's campaign spokeswoman if the congresswoman would also.

Here's the response I got:

 Right now, Carolyn is fighting to get our economy back on track. Having secured billions of dollars for the 2nd  Avenue Subway and Eastside Access, creating jobs remains her top priority. As always, Carolyn is focused on talking  directly to voters about their concerns and ideas.

The debate about whether to debate usually favors the challenger, since it’s an easy way to look substantive, and good government groups often cringe at debate-avoidance. But Maloney has a lengthy and notable career in Congress, which she and her campaign are eager to discuss. Usually.

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Unleashing the Saujanis, Taylors

Friday, July 30, 2010

WNYC

Andy Hawkins kicks the ball down the field:

Some think that if [challenger Reshma] Saujani can win at least 40 percent of the vote against [Rep. Carolyn] Maloney, then it will unleash a flurry of interest in her kind of insurgent candidate: young, tech-friendly and no enemy of Wall Street.

[Sen. Kirsten] Gillibrand, though a prodigious fundraiser in her own right, is still seen as vulnerable to a challenge. Some of the thinking surrounding [Diana] Taylor’s future assumes that as the end of [Mayor] Bloomberg’s term nears, the two will get married, providing a lavish, if unofficial, launch to Taylor’s hardly secret political ambitions ahead of 2012. Or smaller scale: the Maloney paranoia has Taylor, or perhaps her compatriot Maureen White—who have both been twisting arms furiously to kick up opposition to Maloney—using Saujani as a stalking horse for their own Congressional ambitions next time around.

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Creating Jobs

Monday, July 26, 2010

WNYC

Creating jobs is the theme of Rep. Carolyn Maloney's latest campaign mailer. My favorite part: it quotes the Village Voice, which, for campaign lit being sent to this tony part of New York, may be a first.

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An Argument for the Masala Bhangra Audience

Thursday, July 22, 2010

WNYC

Here’s Democratic congressional candidate Reshma Saujani greeting her latest interviewer, Sarina Jain around the 2 minute mark: “Did you use to teach at the New York Sports Club?”

Jain is a notable fitness teacher who teaches the Masala Bhangra Workout. The target audience here is clear: younger voters and Southeast Asians.

At the 3:13 mark, Saujani hits her opponent, Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney:

“A campaign like this has just never been run before in New York. We’re the first people to get on the ballot, first person to get on the ballot in about twenty years because she’s kicked everyone off the ballot before that.”

Maloney's record of clearing the ballot of primary challengers is something that came up when she was preparing to run her own primary against Senator Kristen Gillibrand.

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Polling Rangel

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

WNYC

The first public poll in Rep. Charlie Rangel's race shows he's not invincible, but hovering with enough support to edge out any of his four Democratic opponents.

From The Hill:

A Public Policy Polling survey released Monday showed Rangel winning less than 40 percent of the vote in a primary race. It showed his job approval at 49 percent.

Adam Clayton Powell IV, Rangel’s closest competitor, drew 21 percent support.

It was the first poll of Democrats likely to vote in the Sept. 14 primary.

Having a crowded field would usually work to the benefit of an incumbent, since the opposition vote would be diluted among the competition. But Rangel's numbers seem particularly soft, which may explain why he's taking the step of trying to block at least one opponent, labor activist Jonathan Tasini, from getting on the ballot.

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Artest for Saujani

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

WNYC

Queens-born NBA player Ron Artest is the latest supporter featured on Democratic congressional candidate Reshma Saujani’s web site.

Artest--whose Queensbridge Houses are in the 14th Congressional District--is seen here holding a piece of Saujani campaign literature. Along with Wall Street employees, Saujani is trying to cultivate a following among younger voters. Sauajni is trying to unseat Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who was elected to Congress in 1992.

Saujani recently had a fund-raiser featuring artist John Legend and has rubbed elbows with Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter.

Artest would undoubtedly be part of that younger voter outreach. But, there may be a drawback. Artest is most famous for launching into the crowd at an Indiana Pacers game in what is thought to be the worst brawl in the sports history. To his credit, he has been behaving himself since.

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'Special Interest'

Monday, July 12, 2010

WNYC

Democratic challenger Reshma Saujani is still using the "special interest" line of attack against Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney.

A reader received this campaign mailer on Friday talking about how Maloney was “taking money from special interests” at fund-raiser scheduled around the same time she was taking an important vote on financial regulation.

Chris Matthews has called the “special interest” line of attack a “canard” because Saujani raises a lot of money from lots of Wall Street.

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Saujani on Settlements, PAC Money

Thursday, July 08, 2010

WNYC

If there's one moment where congressional candidate Reshma Saujani squirms a little during her interview with Adam Dickter of The Jewish Week, it's around the 3:30 mark, when he asks her if Israel should be permitted to keep its settlements.

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Mail from Maloney

Monday, June 21, 2010

WNYC

Reshma Saujani isn't the only one sending out campaign mail in the 14th congressional district.

 

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