Thursday, September 21, 2006


Sue Desperately Seeking Independence

Sue Kelly is trying desperately to be viewed as ANYTHING BUT A REPUBLICAN.

She even went so far as to get an endorsement from the "Independence Party of New York." This is not to be confused with "independent" voters, who are unaffiliated with any political party.

But, there is a problem here. Doesn't a candidate of a party run on the platform of that party?

Uh, oh!, one of the planks of the NY State Independence Party's platform is twelve-year term limits for House members. That's right, and Sue Kelly is completing her twelfth year in office! You would think that Kelly devoutly believed in this plank because she also signed Newt Gingrich's so-called "Contract With America", which was gung-ho about twelve-year term limits. That is, until she and her buddies got elected and dropped the idea altogether...

But I digress. Kelly is using the IP ballot line as a fig leaf to bolster her claims that she is "an independent voice in Congress." That's the biggest sham of them all. An 85% voting record allied with her Republican leadership doesn't sound too independent to me. If Sue Kelly is an independent, then I'm the tooth fairy.

Voters, don't be fooled by Sue Kelly's shell game. The true independents I know -- some who are even registered in the Independence Party -- have at least one thing in common: NONE support Sue Kelly. As one Independence Party member said to me about Kelly, "She's a Republican through and through. Her attempt to repackage herself would make Houdini blush."

While we hope the Independence Party realizes the error of its ways in endorsing a candidate who doesn't share its values, we call on the voters of the 19th Congressional District to help Sue Kelly truly "live the platform" and end her service in Congress at 12 years!

Sue Kelly can't justify her votes on prescription drugs. She voted against reimportation from places like Canada of drugs made in the US (with numerous safeguards on quality.) So Americans still pay higher prices than Canadians do. Why not give Americans the choice?

She voted to not allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices with the manufacturers as the Veterans Affairs Administration does. So now both Medicare (and, thus, the taxpayer) and the patient pay more for the prescription drugs. What sense does that make? How can that be possibly justified in any sense?

All this accomplishes is to keep prescription drug prices high in an era when many can not afford medical care. Does morality and care for others ever creep into these decisions?

I keep wondering why the media is ignoring all of the Republicans who came in in 1994 and promised to leave after 12 years.
A Hall internal shows Kelly leading Hall, 49-44.

Gotta take it with a grain of salt. I believe it's an 8-10 pt. lead for Sue, but wherever she's at now is as good a position as she's going to be because you can definitely see Hall closing the gap.

Plus Hall proved in the primary he's got a strong ground game.

Go John! Beat Kelly!
I can't tell you how glad I am to have found this group. My wife and I are both unaffiliated voters and we're embarassed by Sue Kelly and her attempts to portray herself as an independent voice. Does she really think voters are that stupid?

Though we've only lived here for a little over a year, we're not blind and know where her true loyalties lay: with the big business interests that bankroll her campaign and make everything more expensive for ordinary people like us.

It's important to me that other independents see Kelly for who she really is. How do I sign up?
Dear indyvoterin19 -

Welcome to Take19 and welcome to the 19th Congressional District - I'm sure all us readers and contributors to this blog look forward to hearing from you often - you represent the true "independent voice" in the 19th CD.

You can get involved in several ways - you can volunteer for the John Hall for Congress campaign at, clicking on "Volunteer" or, if you prefer, you can join Take19 in spreading the word about Sue Kelly's record by contacting us at

Help Sue Kelly fulfill her pledge to serve no more than 12 years!
Phil Reisman picked up on this subject in today's Journal News...

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