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Ford and Gillibrand vie for Highclass Money…….

Forget all that Bull you heard about Harold Ford Jr. and the moneyed class…..now that this race seems for real…it turns out that both of these people are traveling in the same circles……

The Dog was really pissed that the left and their media have labeled Ford...the ‘Rich guy’…well that isn’t so….politicans…especially ones in New York travel to the money…...

From left, Marc Lasry and Andrew Tisch back Kirsten Gillibrand. Steven Rattner and Orin Kramer back Harold Ford Jr.

Take a look at the four guys above…they are all white….and they are all rich…..and they have been apporached by Ford and Gillibrand…so lets stop the ‘Ford is the rich guy bulls*#t’…it ain’t true…….

Both of these people need money to campaign..that’s the reality…….

Moments after arriving at an Upper West Side duplex for a gathering of Democrats two weeks ago, Orin Kramer, a hedge-fund manager, was surrounded by angry supporters of Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand. One by one, they demanded to know why he was encouraging Harold E. Ford Jr., the former Tennessee congressman, to run for Senate in New York.

“He is not a real New Yorker,” one person who was there said. Another warned that a Ford candidacy “would only hurt the party.” Sarah Kovner, the former Clinton administration official who hosted the event and is a staunch backer of Ms. Gillibrand, was especially blunt: “We don’t need this primary,” she told Mr. Kramer, according to people who heard the conversation.

Mr. Kramer, a top fund-raiser for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in New York, stood his ground. Mr. Ford, he told guests, “is a friend, and I will be supportive of him.”

Mr. Ford has given himself 30 days to decide whether to challenge Ms. Gillibrand. And that has touched off a war for the city’s richest donors, especially those on Wall Street, as both camps race to nail down financial support and demonstrate the breadth of their Rolodexes.

Ms. Gillibrand’s top fund-raisers recently called an urgent meeting to map out a strategy for fending off Mr. Ford.

Were have these people been ….asleep?

This is what the Dog is a afraid of……Having watched Martha Coakley squander a huge lead…..We now see Gillibrand doing the same damn thing……worst of all we see that Chuck Schumer is losing numbers in the polls because of his instance on hiding Gillibrand from the voters and a primary fight…….This whole thing sucks!

Mr. Ford, a vice chairman of Merrill Lynch, is promoting himself as unabashedly pro-business, calling for a big reduction in the corporate tax rate and for exempting many businesses from payroll taxes, while Ms. Gillibrand has expressed misgivings about a bank tax proposed byPresident Obama that is opposed by Wall Street firms.

Mr. Ford had just acknowledged his interest in the Senate seat, and Ms. Gillibrand wanted to rally her biggest fund-raisers. At one point, a member of the committee asked how many of the nearly 80 people in the room had donated to Mr. Ford when he ran for Senate in Tennessee. Half the people in the room raised their hands, according to a participant who attended the meeting.

Ms. Gillibrand was unknown to much of Wall Street a year ago when she was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton after she became secretary of state. What some executives did know gave them pause: She twice voted against the federal bailout of banks during the financial crisis.

Hummmmmm????

With Mr. Ford still undecided, many of his backers are unwilling to speak publicly on his behalf, for fear of alienating a sitting senator. But at least three major Democratic fund-raisers have indicated they will support him if he runs: Steven Rattner, the founder of the private equity firm Quandrangle; Kenneth B. Lerer, the media investor who co-founded The Huffington Post and Mr. Kramer, who helps manage the hedge fund Boston Provident, L.P.

“In the event that he is a candidate, he will be my candidate,” Mr. Kramer said. “The appetite for change that helped produce Barack Obama’s presidency is even deeper today.”

The Dogs …..feelings…. exactly……

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February 3, 2010 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, The Economy, Updates, Weather | , , , , | Leave a comment

Sen. Gillibrands House members problem…….

Over at The Albany Project, robert harding points out that Senator Gilibrand has a few NY City House members behind her……. just a few (only half of the state’s 28 House members, in total, have come out for her)…..and not one memeber of the House from Long Island…….hummmm?

August 23, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , , | 5 Comments

Burris, Corzine and Schumer………..

Well they are all democrats…..but that’s were it ends……..Roland Burris (D , IL) is thinking about changing his mind and running for re-election…..Jon Corzine, the New Jersey Governor is asking …….why won’t Christie answer his Freedom of Information requests on Christie’s actions and dealings as US Attorney in New Jersey?………and Chuck Schumer is on a roll……….Gillibrand, Sotomayor, Democratic senators elected, and the confirmation of the new US Attorney for the Southern District…….

August 10, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Politics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Burris, Corzine and Schumer………..

Well they are all Democrats…..but that’s where it ends……..Roland Burris (D , IL) is thinking about changing his mind and running for re-election…..Jon Corzine, the New Jersey Governor is asking …….why won’t Christie answer his Freedom of Information requests on Christie’s actions and dealings as US Attorney in New Jersey?………and Chuck Schumer is on a roll……….Gillibrand, Sotomayor, Democratic senators elected while he did the recruiting………

August 7, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Maloney will not run for the US Senate…….

Making a smart choice, Carolyn Maloney has taken herself out of the race for the US Senate from New York ( doing exactly the same thing as Carolyn McCarthy, in staying in a safe House seat ). She leaves Kristen Gillibrand, the rookie Senator, with clear sailing for the democratic nomination, and the seat for the full six years. Senior Senator Schumer has to be happy. He has gotten his way, and is done laboring behind the last New York junior senator,  Hillary Clinton, who stole almost all of his thunder for the past few years……..The voters of New York City will not really be happy……but what the heck?

August 7, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Politics | , , , , , | Leave a comment