Saturday, March 31, 2012
Matt Doheny's Alleged Makeout Pics: We Really Tried Giving This Guy The Benefit Of The Doubt. Then We Saw The Video (Sigh)
By now, you've probably seen the photos of Congressional wannabe Matt Doheny in what appears to be a steamy makeout sesh with a GOP campaign consultant -- who isn't his fiancee.
We spent the better part of the afternoon yesterday trying to extend the benefit of the doubt to Mr. Doheny with the hopes of being able to prove that maybe, just maybe, he wasn't making out with the consultant, Monica Notzon.
We examined the photo -- looked at it from different angles thinking "maybe they're just talking...really, really (really) closely. We corresponded with Doheny's campaign, which offered us nothing (on the record, anyway) but the same far-fetched response it's given other media outlets. Hell, we even sent Maureen O'Connor over at Gawker -- where the photos were first published -- a somewhat nasty email hoping she'd offer up some evidence that perhaps people were looking too far into what really is just an innocent photo of two friends enjoying a night out.
Then we saw the video, and have come to one conclusion: it's impossible to give this guy the benefit of the doubt on this one -- if Doheny and Notzon weren't sucking face, we don't know what they were doing.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler requested that the issue be added to the agenda for discussion.
One issue Kunzwiler is seeking to address is the fact that legislators are required to fill out a Freedom of Information form to request county records.
Kunzwiler said he believes that is wrong. As an elected official, he said, he is responsible to his constituents and that means having easy access to the records that he was elected to oversee.
Kunzwiler added that hiding and delaying the release of records does not uphold the public trust.
Matt Doheny, a newly engaged Republican running in the 23rd Congressional District upstate, was recently spotted partying in a DC bar with two women, groping both and kissing one.
Neither one was his fiancée.
The Post has obtained a video of Doheny with his arms around the women after last week’s GOP candidate retreat in Washington.
His hand can be seen sliding over the backside of Monica Notzon, a fund-raising consultant to his campaign.
And a picture posted on gawker.com shows them smooching at the bar.
The video and photo didn’t come as a shock to some GOP insiders. They described the former Wall Street investor as a party-hearty kind of guy.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
After losing a Congressional race by 1,995 votes two years ago, Matt Doheny went back to his home in New York's 21st District to recharge. He asked long-time girlfriend Mary to marry him (she said yes, "of course") and announced he would re-challenge Democratic Rep. Bill Owens in 2012.
Last week, Doheny went to the National Republican Congressional Committee's Washington "candidate school" to prepare for the campaign—and ended up in the arms of campaign consultant Monica Notzon. Matt and Monica swear they're "just friends." The pictures may tell a different story.
According to the National Journal, House GOP leaders hand-selected fifteen candidates—"the strongest GOP challengers in the country"—and brought them to D.C. for two days of campaign workshops on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week. John Boehner was among the featured speakers.
Monday, March 26, 2012
If there are no answers as to who leaked an ethics complaint filed against Legislator Shawn Doyle when the Oswego County Legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee meets Monday, Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said he will request an investigation.
“This taints the integrity of the process,” Kunzwiler said Tuesday. “If only five people were in possession of the complaint, how hard can it be to determine how it got out?”
Late last year, then-legislature chairman Barry Leemann filed an ethics complaint against Doyle alleging the legislator may be misusing office space at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse in Pulaski.
Doyle is the Town of Richland historian and the town rents office space from the county. Other town officials use the small space earmarked for history, including the supervisor.
Leemann said the complaint wasn’t actually his own, but rather an action he took on behalf of several Republican legislators, none of whom he would name.
Leemann did, however, premonish to others, including Kunzwiler, the name of one legislator whom he alleged was pressuring him to file the complaint.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Last week Oswego County’s new Congressman Richard Hanna made a speech before a rally in support of the Equal Rights Amendment. Clearly anyone who actually read the comments from the Congressman in total clearly could see his real and heartfelt support for women's issues. These comments may be uncomfortable to the new far right Republican Party, but let's get this straight – is now the reality of the Republican Party of today. It is clear from the current Republican leadership in Congress that they have supported an assault on woman's rights since taking leadership.
It might be helpful to look at the comments from the congressman and what was actually said,
"I'll tell you this: Contribute your money to people who speak out on your behalf, because the other side -- my side -- has a lot of it. And you need to send your own message. You need to remind people that you vote, you matter, and that they can't succeed without your help."
So, did the congressman actually say give your money to the Democratic Party? Well no he didn't. It is clear however, that his side is the Republican side and the other side is the Democratic side. He did say however, clearly, to give money to those people who speak on your behalf. Without question over the last several years the people who have spoken on the behalf of women in our society has been the Democratic Party. So by default, it is clear, he more than inferred to support with monetary contributions the Democratic Party. LET'S GET THIS STRAIGHT…it was what he said.
Friday, March 23, 2012
"I think these are very precarious times for women, it seems. So many of your rights are under assault," he told the crowd of mostly women. "I'll tell you this: Contribute your money to people who speak out on your behalf, because the other side -- my side -- has a lot of it. And you need to send your own message. You need to remind people that you vote, you matter, and that they can't succeed without your help."
The Equal Rights Amendment, which Congress passed in 1972 but has not yet been ratified by the necessary 38 states, simply says that equality under the law "shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex." Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) reintroduced the legislation this year in hopes that it would finally become a part of the Constitution.
"If equality had been enshrined in the Constitution for these past 40 years, I wonder if we would still be hearing today from right-wing presidential contenders that women should not serve in combat, that women should think twice before they seek to work outside of the house, that women should not use birth control, and that women who do are called names that are not fit to repeat here," Maloney said at the rally.
Hanna, a pro-choice Republican and co-sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment, acknowledged that women's continuing fight for equality is meeting some resistance among his Republican colleagues. He urged women to become more politically active on their own behalf.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
A change in the Oswego County Legislature’s Rules and Order of Business led to a discussion about changing the meeting time to provide more public accessibility.
During Thursday’s meeting of the legislature, Legislator Jake Mulcahey brought forth a motion to move the meeting time from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. so that more members of the public can attend.
The discussion surfaced when legislators brought forth a motion to waive the rules to allow for a change in the Rules and Order of Business.
The legislature can only make changes in odd years, hence, the waiver was required.
Mulcahey suggested that since the rules were being waived to consider a change, it would be a good time to consider a change in the meeting time.
“I have an issue with the timing of the meetings also,” he said. “Two o’clock meetings are very prohibitive for working people.”
He added that those who work might want to attend meetings, however, it’s restrictive because of the time.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
House Republicans Unveil Budget: Transforms Medicare; Slashes Food Stamps, Student Loans And Support For The Neediest
Monday, March 19, 2012
(1) The Brooklyn waterfront extending from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel is placed in the same district, Ordered District 7, as it was under the existing plan. Two blocks in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, are then moved from Recommended District 7 to Ordered District 10 to chieve constitutionally mandated population equality.
(2) Wyoming County is united in Ordered District 27. The split of Ontario County, which was already split under the Recommended Plan, is reconfigured to ensure that Ordered District 23 achieves population equality.
(3) A zero population census block is moved from Recommended District 23 to Ordered District 27 to unify the Town of Canandaigua.
(4) A census block containing two people is moved from Recommended District 25 to Ordered District 27 to unify the Town of Hamlin. The split of the Town of Clarkson is shifted from the northeast to the southwest in order to achieve population equality.
Judge Mann’s proposal had been criticized for failing to protect incumbents or “maintaining the cores of existing districts” in several complaints that were filed. The court responded by essentially saying that they did not feel that the special master needed to take those things into consideration, especially when the state lost 2 seats.
Here’s an excerpt:
Insofar as Magistrate Judge Mann assigned no weight to protecting incumbents, we do not understand her to have concluded that she was legally proscribed from considering this factor, but only that she opted to assign it no weight for reasons explained in her Report. We adopt this reasoning and exercise our own discretion in the same manner. We note only that, in creating a redistricting plan that eliminates two congressional districts, it is impossible to protect all incumbents, thus presenting the judiciary with political choices.
The court also called for a status update on the state legislative lines for Wednesday at 3pm, immediately after the parties involved have to appear to confirm that they have implemented these congressional lines.
Here’s the full court ruling:
Here are maps showing the 4 small changes the courts made:
Here are the official maps: