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Buffalopundit Endorsements 2014

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United States Congress (NY-26): Brian Higgins

I did this already, I’m sure you all know.

I posted it here just a short week ago

Kathy Weppner talks nonsense, her utterings, laughable; 

Congressman Higgins belongs in the Capitol

United States Congress (NY-27): No Endorsement

I admit that this pick came to me as a shock, 

but I got information I can’t simply mock.  

It shows that the Democrat, not long ago, 

worked for the campaign of Paladino

He helped with debate prep – and this made me cross –

he helped Carl defame a planned downtown mosque

Chris Collins is there, and he’s one of the worst. 

But principle matters; it ought to come first. 

Chris Collins? You kidding? At least he’s consistent. 

Not “Democrat now!”, but once Carl’s assistant

The incumbent, he voted for Cruz’s shutdown, 

harmed our economy and then, like a clown, 

claimed to be against it, despite his own vote

And (of course) blamed Obama, repeat, edit, rote. 

But Collins was for it, before he was not; 

he blamed the “extremists”, rejected the plot

Although Collins’ tenure has been ineffective

I won’t back a Carl guy, he must be rejected. 

Governor and Lieutenant Governor of New York State: Cuomo/Hochul

Listen, Cuomo’s got flaws, and of that I’m aware. 

But Rob Astorino I just cannot bear.

His running mate –  Hochul – I respect a great deal,

and the great things he’s done for our region are real.

The Buffalo Billion and Startup New York,

should not be dismissed as cheap welfare and pork.

Never before has an Albany pol,

done this much for Buffalo, as I can recall.  

I do want to see much more effort to end

corrupt fusion and graft – those Albany trends. 

Transparency now is the name of the game, 

and Cuomo’s too secretive, to his own shame. 

After all that he’s done, though, I can’t just reject, 

Cuomo and Hochul, whom I hope you’ll elect. 

Attorney General: Eric Schneiderman

Did you see the debate? Whoa, that Cahill’s a twit. 

He screamed, interrupted, behaved like a shit. 

And kudos to Bob – wow! A substantive question!

I’m voting for Schneiderman this coming election. 

His office protects every one of us from, 

fraud and abuse, and the criminal scum. 

For those who take pills for pain they can’t stop, 

he set up I-STOP, so they can’t doctor shop

Schneiderman’s strong on consumer protection,

And Cahill deserves this year’s voters’ rejection.

State Senate District 63: Tim Kennedy

Given the choice between sellout or dummy, 

the outlook for voters just isn’t too sunny. 

Tim Kennedy isn’t my favorite guy

his opponent, however, should make you ask, “why…

“…would local Republicans beclown themselves so…

“…by running a guy who’d make Weppner say, ‘whoa’“.

Kennedy may have some bridges to fix, 

but Donovan? Please, voters, no, nada, nix

State Senate District 62: Rob Ortt

Oh, great. For fuck’s sake. What a choice – I’m aghast. 

Two Republicans, one Paladino backed last.

Ortt is the Mayor of North Tonawanda,

Destino’s a Dem whom I’m not wholly fond of. 

Paladino endorsed him the last time around

and that’s generally something I can’t just write down. 

Destino was backed by the goons who had tried

–  in a spurious way that I cannot abide – 

to smear Maziarz as a closeted gay

and failed, like the cretins they are, by the way. 

Ortt is a vet with conservative views. 

But defeated that Gia – so, he’s reasonable, too

When assholes supporting you campaign on hate, 

it behooves you to answer with outrage, and state

something where you reject their assistance and views,

and you do it quite loudly, and make it big news.

I’m sorry you didn’t, and I hope that you’ll scorn

that loudmouthed old hater who forwards horse porn. 

State Senate District 61: Elaine Altman

Hah! Mike Ranzenhofer? Career politician. 

Dear reader, what was his agenda or vision? 

Say “no” and do nothing, for 20-odd years? 

It’s time for a change, and it’s time to switch gears. 

Altman’s a teacher, she knows Common Core, 

and she’ll fight to fund schools, and absolutely do more

to help out a district that’s been represented 

by someone who’s done not a lot, I’ve lamented. 

Send a teacher to Albany!”, that’s where she belongs. 

Ranz’s tenure in government’s two decades too long.

State Senate District 60: Not Stocker

I mean no disrespect to Dem Marc Panepinto, 

I don’t mean to leave him out hanging in limbo. 

Think Again, Turn Away

A vote for the Dem would be great and just swell,

but Grisanti deserves to go back for a spell

As senator, he’s been unfazed and courageous. 

“Profile in Courage” would not seem outrageous. 

He helped us to pass same-sex marriage, and took

a risk to pass SAFE Act after Sandy Hook.

It showed us that people don’t need a damn armory,

and schools should be havens of peace and of harmony. 

So, whatever you do, and don’t think it’s a shocker

vote for anyone, just not the tea party’s Stocker

NYS Assembly 146: Ray Walter

Did you know that Ray Walter is in a real race? 

Against a young Dem with a fresh, stubbled face? 

I’m sure that Steve Meyer’s an earnest young chap, 

with ideas and energy. Aside from all that, 

I have to agree that he’s lacking know-how, 

and has yet to consider what furrows our brow. 

He’s just out of school, and has loads of more time, 

to get a career, pay some taxes and climb

up to a level where he really can get, 

the problems that we New York families fret. 

Ray and I see eye to eye on the tolls, 

that the Thruway Authority always controls, 

with antiquity formed in the shape of a booth, 

within it a person, who I doubt, in his youth, 

Imagined his life would be handing out slips.  

Yet throughout the world, the traffic just zips, 

through camera tolls without stopping to pay.

This dreary old system, it pisses off Ray, 

So, send my friend back to fight Albany pols, 

besides, the Assembly’s in firm Dem control. 

OTHER

For a number of races, there is no opponent. 

For a real democracy, that’s a missing component. 

For all of these races, you have a blank check,

vote whomever you please, except for Mazurek

I’ll note, on the side, that Ray Walter’s a friend, 

and he’s running against a young Dem 

 

But no matter what, do not let the time pass. 

Just remember to vote, and Donn Esmonde’s an ass. 


  • rhmaccallum

    Why the change of heart and late shift for Cuomo? What about the Green and Libertarian candidates?
    Oh…and you forgot green eggs and ham.

    • Not a fan of Green or Libertarian.

      • AdamaDBrown

        I’m not a fan of fish, but I’ll still prefer it over getting fed a bucket of compost.

      • rhmaccallum

        I’m getting old and addlebrained but after the Gubner debate didn’t you have an article kind of denouncing Cuomo and Astorino while talking about how the other two gave much better answers and addressed the issue more reasonably? Or was that another Artvoice columnist?
        As for me I thought both the other candidates are a better choice. The Green party guy did seem a little…well…like a stoner maybe and the Libertarian guy might be short on detailed thinking.
        I’ll vote for the Libertarian in this case. Easier knowing he won’t win and at least I can say I didn’t vote for that high powered political bully with an ego as big as the sky.

      • UncleBluck

        Its the old “vote for the lesser of 2 evils” thing again……

  • JP Fitzpatrick

    disappointed in the lack of a straight up endorsement of Grisanti. I know he isn’t a democrat, but he did a bang up job ignoring political lines and serving the people. We need more like him in Albany and DC.

    • I think I made that point. I couldn’t bring myself to throw Panepinto under the bus. In spite of his mistakes, he stands for things I believe in.

  • bugmenot2013

    Higgeldy-piggeldy, Alan Bedenko- he
    Thought he’d impress us by being a poet.

    His choices are logical, rather convincing-
    But his day job is better, and he ought to know it.

  • A.B.C. Cuomo is a known quantity. He’s corrupt, revels in backroom deals and has set transparency at the bottom of his priorities. His style of leadership, if you can call it that, is straight out of Tammany Hall. If the economic climate is going to improve in this state, the ingenuity of individuals has to be allowed to flourish. Spending plans, like the Buffalo Billion, contribute to the overall economic malaise. Government investment is based on cronyism, not the organic workings of a free market. While things might look better for some, the ancillary costs of Cuomo’s economic policies do nothing to address the entrenched economic malaise driving people, and businesses, out of this state.

    • FrJesusGaylord

      Yeah, there’s no cronyism in the “free” market.

      • AdamaDBrown

        Cuomo’s cronyism is a living, breathing example of the “free market”: Real estate and other big interests allowed to contribute cash without limit.

      • Cronyism is what has resulted from regulations and subsidies corrupting free-market capitalism.

      • UncleBluck

        And the great recession is what resulted from deregulation and you have it backwards….subsidies are the result of cronyism…..

  • jimd54

    I listened to Panepinto/Grisanti/Stocker debate today. I liked what Panepinto had to say but Grisanti seemed like the adult in the room. Stocker had a hard time answering the question given to him.

  • jerkwagon420

    Cuomo is a regrettable pile of shit.

  • richardszczepankiewicz

    Is it just me or does Weppner look like Joe Walsh?

  • jimd54

    Finally got around to reading the candidate bios in the Amherst Bee. Kathy Weppner lists eyewitness news as job experience but fails to mention nary a word about WBEN. Which makes me first think she is hiding that little fact and also how insignificant that radio station is if she thinks she can get away with it.