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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Up and Adem. That's Right - The Vote Is TODAY

pic: Damon Winter, NYT
A neighbor culled the following quote from this Politico piece on challengers to the status quo in the NY Democratic Party. It speaks to the problem with letting Yvette Clarke electric slide back into the House of Representatives as YOUR voice. Just how important is Congress during the reign of Trump? If you don't know by now, by god, take a civics lesson. I'm not joshing - you can do it in your PJs. Get your voting pants on and go vote. Vote. Vote! If you're a registered Democrat this is your day. Vote Adem and tell them the Old Gray Lady sent you. The Times chose the challenger, and that speaks volumes.

"Four of Clarke’s former staffers, who requested anonymity in order to speak freely, described Clarke as a congresswoman who is deeply charismatic, but also checked out. She was “always late,” and rarely visited her district office in Brooklyn during recesses, the former staffers said, noting that in August 2017 she canceled all of the events she’d planned in her home district, leaving groups in the lurch.

The former staffers said she avoided public transit whenever possible, and had to be pushed by her mother, former City Council Member Una Clarke, to attend various events.

“There are people who’ve wondered if she really even wants to do this. Her lateness exacerbates that perception,” one former staffer said.

“None of it is true,” Clarke campaign spokesperson Michael Oliva said. “She actually maintains a very vigorous schedule. From early morning until late at night, she’s either traveling in her district or meeting with people in her district.”

Clarke was sufficiently concerned about how she would perform in the primary’s only debate, on local news channel NY1, that she hired Democratic political consultant Donna Brazile for her debate prep. She’s spent tens of thousands of dollars on polling and political consultants and petition signature gathering." 
The former staffers said she avoided public transit whenever possible, and had to be pushed by her mother, former City Council Member Una Clarke, to attend various events.
“There are people who’ve wondered if she really even wants to do this. Her lateness exacerbates that perception,” one former staffer said.
“None of it is true,” Clarke campaign spokesperson Michael Oliva said. “She actually maintains a very vigorous schedule. From early morning until late at night, she’s either traveling in her district or meeting with people in her district.”
Clarke was sufficiently concerned about how she would perform in the primary’s only debate, on local news channel NY1, that she hired Democratic political consultant Donna Brazile for her debate prep. She’s spent tens of thousands of dollars on polling and political consultants and petition signature gathering." 

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Clarke’s former staffers, who requested anonymity in order to speak freely, described Clarke as a congresswoman who is deeply charismatic...

Please. She's as charismatic as a fire hydrant.

Clarke was sufficiently concerned about how she would perform in the primary’s only debate, on local news channel NY1, that she hired Democratic political consultant Donna Brazile for her debate prep. She’s spent tens of thousands of dollars on polling and political consultants and petition signature gathering."

Let's see. How many people watched that stem-winder of a debate? Hmmm. Zero?

Bills that Clarke originated? ZERO. Like Obama while he was president of the Harvard Law Review -- he set a record for ZERO publications during his tenure. A record that stands unchallenged today.

Despite Clarke's proven incompetence, utter laziness and, to use a term favored by Democrats -- she's feckless -- she'll hang on to her seat in Congress. Sad, but true.

Meanwhile, the challengers spew the same rhetoric as the incumbents.

ADL said...

Appreciate the gratuitous potshot at Obama, Anonymous. Very telling since, as we all know, he went on to nothing.

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Anonymous said...

See Where New York City’s Elite High Schools Get Their Students -- Who Wins, and Who Loses, in the Proposed Plan for Elite Schools?

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/29/nyregion/specialized-school-exam-losers-winners.html

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/06/29/nyregion/nyc-high-schools-middle-schools-shsat-students.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ur_20180630&nl=new-york-today&nl_art=0&nlid=25111279emc%3Dedit_ur_20180630&ref=headline&te=1

It pays big dividends to attend the Mark Twain Intermediate School in Coney Island. But the day may arrive -- soon -- when it no longer matters.

The elite high schools are targeted for destruction by De Blatz and the new nitwit school chancellor, who is determined to set new records for lunacy in the public school system. I didn't think it was possible for a chancellor to surpass the mindlessness of Carmen Farina, but I was wrong.

Anonymous said...

Wow. What to do? How do those who claim to wear the mantle of "diversity" deal with the fact that unseating doofus Yvette Clarke will only happen when the number of white gentrifiers reaches the tipping point?

https://nypost.com/2018/07/02/yvette-clarke-was-almost-the-victim-of-another-huge-primary-upset/

Fortunately, it looks like she's soon to enter her last term.

no_slappz said...

You can't beat the government in the role of landlord. Really. These guys are the greatest.

https://nypost.com/2018/07/02/nycha-repair-bill-estimated-at-31-8-billion/

Anonymous said...


NYCHA ignored repeated calls to fix lead paint in kids’ bedrooms: mom

https://nypost.com/2018/07/01/nycha-ignored-repeated-calls-to-fix-lead-paint-in-kids-bedrooms-mom/

Anonymous said...

Consider the accumulating impact of Andrew Cuomo, in his former role as head of Housing and Urban Development followed by his current job as governor, and Bill de Blatz, now in charge of NY City.

How much damage can these two clowns inflict on NYCHA? It's not that one clown simply ADDS to the damage inflicted by the other. Rather, the impact of each MULTIPLIES the damage produced by the other.

https://nypost.com/2018/07/05/nycha-must-change-or-die/

Anonymous said...

Crain's published the election post-mortem. The analysis revealed something the voters of Brooklyn have experienced before. Brooklyn voters are reliving the years of the Dodgers. As the fans used to say about the perennial underdog team -- Wait Till Next Election. And as the fans of the underdog Dodgers learned, or maybe they didn't -- it may not happen next election either. Nevertheless, hope springs eternal. But corrupt entrenched politicians are stronger than hope.


http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20180709/POLITICS/180709940/the-election-upset-that-wasnt#utm_medium=email&utm_source=cnyb-morning10&utm_campaign=cnyb-morning10-20180709