It Begins! Upstate NY Calls on Blakeman to Drop Out

I touched on this a little bit while kibitzing on the NY-1 a few months ago, but as much as I appreciate primaries and honest debate that strengthen the party…money still matters. This is especially true in New York (at least statewide) where starting off with a scarlet letter “R” after your name already starts you at a disadvantage. That said, as of the end of June…

David Malpass – $2,300,000.00 on hand
Bruce Blakeman – $236,247.00 on hand

Que the calls for Blakeman to drop out in 5…4…3…2…

“Republicans and Independents are energized and looking for someone to send to Washington who will restore fiscal responsibility and fight government intrusion into our lives,” the GOP leaders wrote.

“In order to do that, we must defeat Kirsten Gillibrand. And based on your most recent campaign finance filing it is abundantly clear that the only candidate who can do that is David Malpass.”

“Time and again, you have put the best interest of our Party ahead of your personal ambition and we are asking you to do that once more. We must unite our party behind David’s candidacy today so that together we can bring fiscal sanity to Washington on behalf of all New Yorkers. We trust you will do the right thing.”

Setting aside the catchphrases and buzzwords like “this election won’t be bought,” “grass roots” and “ivory tower” aside, here’s where the money matters because there is a good chance that if you’re reading this with a giant lump on your forehead, it’s because like me you find yourself banging your head against your laptop whenever the latest polls on Kristen Gilligan come out. She has less than 50% approval, more people would prefer someone else than they would her…and over 60% of people in our OWN PARTY – let alone New Yorkers as a whole – don’t know who our candidates are.

When over 60% haven’t formed an opinion yet, the fact that one candidate is 22 points down in a head to head poll and the other is 27 points down doesn’t matter. What matters is who’s is going to have the resources to get their name out there, introduce themselves to the state, and be able to take the fight to Sen. Gilligan.

Bruce Blakeman has less cash on hand then most of our congressional candidates who are in competitive districts, and while Scott Brown pulled off a miracle…he did so when the entire country was focused on that one race.

It’s the candidate’s decision to drop out, and personally I’m against any candidate being forced out. Plus, my bias towards Malpass is clear to anyone who has heard of this blog before, so it’s not like I don’t have my favourites.

But if someone can explain to me how you plan to win a senate race when you can barely afford to be competitive in NY 4 or 21, or really any of the other 27 Congressional races, I’m open to hear it.

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  1. The Big8 ran dioGuardi for Congress to sabotage tax reform to avoid reductions in CPA fees. Where did the poor Albanians find the $400,000 per year they pay DioGuardi as their lobbyist? Would 9/11 hve happened if it were not for DioGuardi’s support for Albanian and bosnian terrorist links?

    New York Times December 21, 1985 A26 Narrow regional interest dictated a lot of votes against the big tax-revision bill that the House has finally approved. . . 12 New York and 2 New Jersey Republicans who voted against the measure. . . It would preserve deductibility of state and local taxes. . . It would continue tax exemption of industrial development bonds . . . the following, all Republicans, were still in opposition: NEW YORK: Sherwood Boehlert, William Carney, Joseph DioGuardi, Fred Eckert, Hamilton Fish, Benjamin Gilman, Bill Green, Frank Horton, David Martin, Guy Molinari, Gerald Solomon and George Wortley.

    AP August 10, 1984, By JIM LUTHER, The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, whose members make a living handling tax matters, questioned the assumption that the tax law needs radical surgery. The accountants said laws passed since 1974 will produce considerable amounts of equity and simplicity once they and the regulations that interpret them are fully in effect.
    Allen B. Ellentuck, chairman of the CPA association’s tax division, was especially critical of the notion that a flat tax will result in simplicity for the average taxpayer. “Those expenses which now commonly appear on tax returns of most middle-income taxpayers would continue to be deductible under prominent flat-tax proposals,” he said. And most flat-tax proposals would require that various tax-exempt items _ such as worker fringe benefits _ be reported as taxable income. To obtain even a degree of simplicity, Ellentuck added, the flat tax would do away with the present progressive rate structure that takes a bigger bite as income increases.

    March 8, 1984, Joseph J. DioGuardi, 43, a partner in Arthur Andersen & Co., one of the ”Big Eight” international accounting and consulting firms, will leave the firm on March 31 to enter the race for the 20th Congressional . . . ”He has distinguished himself in the areas in which he has had firmwide responsibility, namely the tax aspects of nonprofit organizations, the public sector and charitable giving,” the statement continued.

    September 26, 1984 AP DioGuardi made the remarks during a candidate’s forum Sunday morning at the Jewish Community Center in White Plains. In a tape recording of the Sunday appearance, DioGuardi is heard saying, “You’ve got to look at the facts. The facts are that the minority groups in this country enjoy having children. It’s their only joy, their only hope. It gets them another check. They’re not going to have the abortions.”

    May 24, 1989, WASHINGTON, D.C., PRN During his tenure in Congress, DioGuardi has championed the civil rights of the Kosovar Albanians to the highest levels of American government. Time and again, he has stated the case for Kosovar Albanian internal autonomy. DioGuardi formed the Albanian-American Civic League in Washington, D.C. in early 1989

    October 4, 1992, AP Joseph J. DioGuardi, who is seeking election to a House seat he lost amid charges of campaign finance irregularities, tried to avoid paying taxes through an investment scheme designed to lose money, according to U.S. Tax Court records . . . In 1978, DioGuardi was a partner in Daga Financial Co., which bought and sold options and futures on stocks and securities, according to court papers. On their joint tax return for that year, DioGuardi and his wife reported a loss of $ 112,453 from Joseph DioGuardi’s 24.4 percent share of Daga, according to the records. So even though DioGuardi had earned more than $ 124,000 as an accountant that year, he and his wife claimed taxable income of $ 9,323, the records show. But the IRS said Daga’s 1978 losses could not be deducted because “the entire transaction lacked economic reality.” . . . In 1988, Lowey ousted DioGuardi after a report that Joseph Crabtree, the head of DioGuardi’s campaign finance committee, had funneled more than $ 50,000 in illegal contributions to the campaign through his numerous auto dealerships. Crabtree reimbursed employees for the contributions, which is illegal. Crabtree said DioGuardi masterminded the plan; the ex-congressman denied it. Crabtree eventually pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate federal election and tax laws.

    Guardian March 25, 1997 anti-Mafia judges from around Italy met in Bari, the administrative centre of the southern Puglia region, to discuss the growing links between Albanian and local gangsters. There is concern that, with many Albanians also landing unchecked in isolated coves, the exodus will set back “by years” the progress made in tackling organised crime.

    Deutsche Presse-Agentur April 12, 1997 Foreign troops deployed in Albania will not be restricted to shooting in self defence, Italian Defence Minister Beniamino Andreatta said Saturday in Tirana. . . Andreatta made it clear that the force – about 6,000 strong and from Italy, France, Denmark, Spain, Greece, Romania, Turkey and Austria – would remain in Albania for a maximum of six months.

    Deutsche Presse-Agentur March 4, 1997 The worsening crisis in Albania jumped to the top of the European Union’s political agenda on Tuesday but officials said the bloc would wait until a meeting of E.U. political directors on March 6 before taking any joint initiatives to try and quell the unrest. “We are urging all parties, including the opposition in Albania, to restore calm and to abstain from using the situation for political gain,” an E.U. official said.

    The Guardian March 25, 1997 A COALITION of European Union countries, led by Italy, is ready to despatch 3,000 troops and police to protect a huge international humanitarian mission to Albania. But the Albanian leader, Sali Berisha, said this morning that he could not guarantee the safety of humanitarian aid convoys.

    IPS-Inter Press Service May 16, 1997, Friday Although both Albanian president Sali Berisha and prime minister Bashkim Fino called for the force, they did so for entirely different purposes. Originally Berisha requested it to help restore order against “the southern rebels and their threat to the north.” In contrast, Fino wanted it to restore some form of stability. Given that the armed insurgents in the north and south have only one political agenda, the removal of Berisha, the international community wisely took the most politically neutral goal available — securing humanitarian aid. . . Italy’s center-left coalition government has traditionally been very supportive of Berisha. However, as the situation deteriorated in Albania and the army began to defect from Berisha’s camp, the world community, led by the United States, called for the Albanian president to step down. By early March, even Italy, the major pro-Berisha member of the EU, had begun to distance itself from him.

    Toronto Star March 4, 1997 AP Meanwhile, the legislature easily re-elected President Sali Berisha to a five-year term. “Today is the day of open dictatorship in Albania,” said Neritan Ceka, the head of the opposition Democratic Alliance. “Only a dictator could be elected under such conditions, with martial law.”

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