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Kirsten Gillibrand..or whoever….. may have a very rich opponent this fall…….

Mortimer B. Zuckerman, real estate tycoon and publisher of The Daily News, is considering a run for the Senate seat now held by Kirsten E. Gillibrand, according to two people told of the discussions. Mr. Zuckerman regards Ms. Gillibrand as vulnerable to a challenge and is convinced that, at a time of economic tumult and political unrest, his background as an outsider to government, and his record as a businessman, will appeal to the state’s electorate, these people said.

He would be the latest boldface name to weigh a run for the seat this fall; the former Tennessee congressman, Harold E. Ford Jr., is mulling a primary run against Ms. Gillibrand, a fellow Democrat, and will make a decision in the next few weeks.

The discussions were preliminary, the two people cautioned, with many details of a possible candidacy yet to be worked out. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions were meant to be private and Mr. Zuckerman has not made up his mind.

Mr. Zuckerman is considering commissioning a poll to test the viability of a candidacy, one of the people said.

More……..…….

The Dog see’s this another example of what is wrong with Kirsten Gillbrand….she is perceived as a weak candidate….people are lining up to run against her…..

Note: Zuckerman who is the Owner of the New York Daily News strikes the Dog as Mike Bloomberg (money and all) all over……

If I remember correctly…he has a very nasal voice…….

February 12, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , | 5 Comments

More on Harold Ford Jr……..

In his days at the University of Pennsylvania, Harold Ford won the Spoon Award for his leadership on campus.

[In his days at the University of Pennsylvania, Harold Ford won the Spoon Award for his leadership on campus.]

Harold Ford may be pondering a run for Senate today, but 19 years ago he mulled just about everything – in his “Say It Loud” newspaper column at the University of Pennsylvania.

Clarence Thomas‘ Supreme Court hearings? “Possibly, the only person, or legend, that benefited from the hearings was Long Dong Silver,” Ford wrote, referring to the porn star Thomas supposedly enthused over with a female aide.

On giving condoms to teens to combat AIDS: “Hell, if we’re going to distribute condoms, why not also just have a class on how … to actually use them and then how to properly remove them without causing pain?”

Even the lackluster 1991 New York Giants, a team Ford has lately professed to favor, drew his ire in The Daily Pennsylvanian. “Even with your beloved [quarterback] Phil [Simms] at the helm, you guys couldn’t even beat the Bengals,” wrote Ford, then an avowed Redskins fan.

These long-ago ruminations by Ford – then just 21 – can hardly be considered part of his official political record as he mulls a New York primary run against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Who needs to be held accountable, after all, for everything they said in college?

Taken together, the columns offer an unfiltered picture of the young Ford, now 39, and the political cross-currents in which he came of age.

Ford’s smarts and savvy were recognized early at Penn. He co-founded a publication called The Vision, focused on African-American life. As a senior he was awarded The Spoon, the top honor for campus leadership. In his columns, Ford always held true to his Democratic roots – his father, Harold Sr., was then a congressman from Tennessee.

But the younger Ford, who later succeeded his father, wrestled often with the larger issue of black empowerment, even wondering once whether African-Americans might be better off in the GOP. “We must remove the hood of political predictability that has stunted the growth of the black politic. We must venture into the Republican Party,” he wrote in September 1991.

Today, Ford’s aides bristle at talk of his old columns, although many pols – from Rudy Giuliani to Barack Obama – have had their college musings analyzed.

Ford spokesman Davidson Goldin fired off a statement: “Based on his work at Penn as a columnist for The Daily Pennsylvanian, as a co-founder of the campus black student newspaper The Vision and as an overall student leader, Harold’s classmates awarded him the Spoon Award – the top male honor given to a graduating senior. No serious newspaper would recycle out-of-context quotes from 20-year-old college students to make a political point.”

Yet on the campaign trail last week, Ford seemed happy to talk about his old column. “When I was in college,” he said, “I thought I might [go into journalism].”

Finally…… a story that doesn’t diss the guy……..

February 7, 2010 Posted by | Education, Family, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , | 5 Comments

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……

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

Merlin on the New York Senate primary’s and general……

Hello Dog!

New York’s Junior Kirsten Gillibrand leads Harold Ford Jr. in a new Statewide Survey. She also leads her likely Republican Opponent Bruce Blakeman unless former Governor George Pataki jumps into this Contest.

Marist Poll

New York Senate Special

Democratic Primary

Incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand  44 %
Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr.  27 %
Jonathan Tasini  5 %
Undecided  25 %

General Election

Former Governor George Pataki (R)  49 %
Incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D)  43 %
Undecided  8 %

Incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D)  52 %
Bruce Blakeman (R)  30 %
Undecided  18 %

Former Governor George Pataki (R)  52 %
Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D)  35 %
Undecided  13 %

Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D)  39 %
Bruce Blakeman (R)  35 %
Undecided  26 %

Full Results at http://maristpoll.marist.edu

Merlin’s Thought:

One thing seems clear: Harold Ford is a much, much weaker General Election Candidate then Senator Gillibrand.

Merlin

The Dog agree’s that right now the undeclared candidate Harold Ford Jr. trails the appointed Senator Gillibrand……But the Dog is worried that Pataki and old GOP retread could still be leading the Junior Senator from New York…..Ford is not out it..being only 17% behind….he can easliy make the democratic primary close by declaring and campaigning…as I mention in the 17th Amendment post…let the voters decide….The Dog is all for Harold Ford Jr. primarying Kirsten Gillibrand……may the best person win…and go on to knock Pataki out…….

February 1, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , , | 12 Comments

Merlin on the New York Senate primary's and general……

Hello Dog!

New York’s Junior Kirsten Gillibrand leads Harold Ford Jr. in a new Statewide Survey. She also leads her likely Republican Opponent Bruce Blakeman unless former Governor George Pataki jumps into this Contest.

Marist Poll

New York Senate Special

Democratic Primary

Incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand  44 %
Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr.  27 %
Jonathan Tasini  5 %
Undecided  25 %

General Election

Former Governor George Pataki (R)  49 %
Incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D)  43 %
Undecided  8 %

Incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D)  52 %
Bruce Blakeman (R)  30 %
Undecided  18 %

Former Governor George Pataki (R)  52 %
Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D)  35 %
Undecided  13 %

Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D)  39 %
Bruce Blakeman (R)  35 %
Undecided  26 %

Full Results at http://maristpoll.marist.edu

Merlin’s Thought:

One thing seems clear: Harold Ford is a much, much weaker General Election Candidate then Senator Gillibrand.

Merlin

The Dog agree’s that right now the undeclared candidate Harold Ford Jr. trails the appointed Senator Gillibrand……But the Dog is worried that Pataki and old GOP retread could still be leading the Junior Senator from New York…..Ford is not out it..being only 17% behind….he can easliy make the democratic primary close by declaring and campaigning…as I mention in the 17th Amendment post…let the voters decide….The Dog is all for Harold Ford Jr. primarying Kirsten Gillibrand……may the best person win…and go on to knock Pataki out…….

February 1, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , , | 12 Comments

Merlin on the New York State U.S. Senate seat……..

Hello and morning Dog!

Everything is going as expected in your Home State of New York. Your Incumbents having big Primary leads according to Research 2000.

Research 2000 / DailyKos Survey

New York Governor 2010

Democratic Primary

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo  63 %
Incumbent Governor David A. Paterson  19 %
Undecided  18 %

New York Senate Special Election 2010

Incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand  41 %
Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr.  27 %
Jonathan Tasini  3 %
Undecided  29 %

Full Results at

http://www.dailykos.com/statepoll/2010/1/20/NY/435

Merlin’s thoughts:

Wonder if that isn’t a little bit too late for Cuomo to announce at the end of March. He’s giving Paterson Free Press as the Governor tries to improve his Numbers. I still think Cuomo wins the Primary by a healthy margin.

In the Senate Race Ford Jr. is only 14 Points behind Gillibrand. I ask myself a Question: What will happen if Ford pulls out an Upset and beats Gillibrand? Ford is less safe in the General Election I think.. There are whispers on Twitter that former Governor George Pataki (R) will jump in, but only if Ford mounts a credible Challenge to Gillibrand, which also brings me to my next Question: Can Ford hold off Pataki in a General Election?. I doubt it. Well, we’ll have to see how that goes.

Merlin

The Dog thinks….That if Ford can somehow unseat Gillibrand…he would beat Pataki …..who has a lot of baggage from three terms as the Governor of the state… in different times…

January 26, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , , | 2 Comments

Harold Ford Jr. has not declared….but is running for the Democratic spot in the next U.S. Senate race from New York….

Harold E. Ford Jr. does not so much enter a restaurant as attack it. His eyes dart around the room as he figures out where to start. He systematically introduces himself to everyone: the waiters, the busboys, and then, the diners.

“Hi, I’m Harold Ford,” he said Sunday at Gigi’s, a soul food restaurant here, extending a hand across the table. Some recognize him from his appearances as a political commentator for NBC, and seem eager to talk; others shoot him befuddled, slightly embarrassed looks. In a disarming gesture, he asks a patron’s name, and then repeats it back. “Where you from?” he inquires.

He lightly rubs a back. He firmly clasps an elbow. He goes down on one knee to talk at eye level.

Mr. Ford, a five-term congressman from Tennessee, has given himself until the end of February to decide whether to challenge Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand in New York’s Democratic primary, but in the first week of a statewide tour, he is quickly revealing what kind of candidate he would be: an effortless retail politician, equally at ease in baroque restaurants and Baptist churches, who makes instant, Clinton-like connections with voters.

His travel schedule — he will be in Albany on Monday, Westchester County on Thursday and Long Island next week — is the latest indication of how seriously Mr. Ford is mulling a run. Friends who have spoken with him in recent days said that he was more likely than not to enter the race, and that they expected a decision well before his self-imposed deadline.

The Dog feels that once he declares and gets going that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will rapidly fall behinf=d in the polls and end up returning to her upstate home to lick her wounds….

Chuck Schumer and Paterson screwed up on the Gillibrand choice in the first place…and the Dog is happy that Ford has the balls to challenge this bad choice and push ahead…..

He will be a better and stronger candidate I don’t care what the left and local media types saw…they’re just scared…that’s all……

Let the voter’s decide…

January 25, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , | 2 Comments

In New York State…Rookie Sen. Gillibrand maybe turning into a liability for her mentor Sen. Schumer…..

The Dog has pushed for a primary between Harold Ford Jr. and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to the chagrin of veteran Senator Chuck Schumer…her mentor….

With Ford just about ready to in, against rookie Senator  Gillibrand (who never ran for her job, but was picked ), people are beginning to hear Fords argument, that he’s not beholden to Schumer, Reid…or even the White House…..( Brown’s win amplifies his message, and finally gives Ford some traction)

This is the beginning of trouble for Chuck Schumer, who has run interference for Gillibrand, since she arrived on the scene, and who is weak candidate, that does not poll well in a state, she has represented, since last year…..if  someone else besides Ford jumps in….things are going really to get messy and the seat becomes up for grabs in a democratic primary……

I wonder if Rep. Weiner  (NY-D) is available?….hum?

January 22, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

Harold Ford Jr. writes his piece in the New York Daily News……

He’s pushing that he’s his own man……

Here’s his words…..

N.Y. needs independence in Washington: Harold Ford weighs in on Martha Coakley’s defeat

BY HAROLD FORD, JR.

Thursday, January 21st 2010, 4:00 AM

The defeat of Martha Coakley in Massachusetts represents the latest rejection of a governing style that takes the taxpayers for granted and puts partisan, insider politics ahead of everything else.

Put simply, the defining moment in the Massachusetts Senate campaign was during the final debate when David Gergen asked Scott Brown whether he would be willing to “sit in Teddy Kennedy’s seat” and block the passage of health care reform for another 15 years.

Brown responded, rightly, that “it’s not the Kennedys’ seat . . . it’s the people’s seat.”

And while I disagree with Brown about most issues of public policy, I absolutely agree that a United States senator has to put the people first when making decisions.

I have made it very clear that if I run for the U.S. Senate, and if I am fortunate enough to be elected, I will be an independent Democrat who puts the people of New York before the politicians in Albany and Washington.

All the time. Every time.

To be sure, there are many issues where the interests of the people collide with what the professional politicians want. And frequently, our politicians end up sticking together – forming a narrow, insulated, self-reinforcing elite.

That’s not me. And that makes them worried.

New Yorkers know that if I run, I will be on their side.

Always.

Let me be specific:

On health care, I have made it very clear that I will stand with New Yorkers against any efforts that would cost us an additional billion dollars in Medicaid payments and impose unfair financial burdens on our state in the form of extra fees or taxes. New York already sends far too much money to Washington, getting back far too little in return.

Health reform remains important. But in the wake of this week’s election, the legislation should be narrowed to prevent insurance companies from denying coverage for preexisting conditions, enact responsible tort reform and provide health coverage to all children. And states must have more input into how health coverage is expanded.

Make no mistake, I will take a backseat to no one in supporting health care reform. But not at the expense of New York State. Not now. Not ever.

And while I understand why the President is putting the onus on banks and other financial institutions to pay back the money they borrowed, let’s not forget that the financial services industry is critical to New York State’s economic well-being – to creating jobs, to stimulating the economy and to providing needed tax revenue.

Congress should pass financial regulatory reform that compels greater transparency in how risk is managed, protects consumers from excessive banking and mortgage fees and expands shareholder say about compensation, among other priorities. But it must also take great care not to harm the great engine of New York’s economy.

With renewed concerns about terrorism and national security emerging, New York needs a senator who will put our state first.

That’s why I’m thinking, very seriously, about running for United States Senate.

Ford represented Tennessee in Congress from 1997 to 2007. He lives in Manhattan and is a vice chairman of Bank of America-Merrill Lynch.

Hey Harold Ford Jr…….That sounded pretty good to me…..Run…Run …and beat her…before she loses badly to one of the retread Republicans out there……

January 21, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Government, Healthcare, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates, Women | , | 2 Comments

Harold Ford Jr. at Rev Al's House……

Notice who’s sitting next to Al at the Martin Luther King event*?….get used to the seating chart…

Here’s the piece….. it’s a video…….

* Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

January 19, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , | Leave a comment