Thursday, April 27, 2006
So for those of you who read about us in Sue's three-page long scream(pdf file) (Wait...we thought Sue wasn't focused on the campaign yet!) and are just joining us, we'd like to welcome you to Take19, a web site dedicated to giving the residents of New York's 19th Congressional District the real deal on Sue, in the hopes of getting someone elected who is not in the pocket of special interest PACs like the oil and gas lobby or the banking lobby or the credit card industry or, well, you get the idea.
If you're looking for some information on Sue's voting record, check out this link to the Washington Post's Congressional votes database and see how many times this so-called moderate cast key votes on legislation that just eeked by.
And over on the left side you'll find links to the six candiates running for the Democratic nomination, as well as links to progressive organizations throughout the 19th CD.
Hmmm... come to think of it, we guess Sue finally did something good for her constituents.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Sue's World Tour... Cancelled
All packed up and ready to go on a fun filled trip to Quatar when the State Department throws a monkey wrench into her vacation plans.
Did the State Department withdraw support for her jaunt to the Gulf because, as Sue's spokesmodel claims, her criticism of the Adminstration's support for Quatar hit a little close to home (wait, I thought she wasn't in campaign mode?)?
Or, is the truth far more obvious, that the State Department dropped its sponsorship of Sue's junket because it was ... well... a politically motivated junket?
The Times Herald-Record might have the answer:
A State Department spokesman denied any link between the criticism and the canceled trip, which was first reported in Monday's New York Post. The agency withdrew its sponsorship after questions were raised by the House Ethics Committee, said the spokesman, Noel Clay. The Ethics Committee did not return a call for comment.Considering how far out of step she is with the voters of the 19th Congressional District, can you blame Sue for wanting to be anywhere but here at home?
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Based on the Congressional calendar, it will be a whole month before Sue's next vacation. Just in case you're keeping score, House members like Sue make just over $165,000 a year and get plenty of vacation time: this was their third week-long recess since returning to work from their six-week Christmas recess at the end of January. Are you starting to wonder how you might get a high-paying job with so much vacation time? Don't forget: members of Congress also get free health insurance and a taxpayer paid car, or, in Sue's case, an SUV. We'll assume that taxpayers are also paying for those $65 fill-ups too.
Isn't it time the people in the 19th had a representative in Congress who does something more than write meaningless letters and sponsor legislation that goes nowhere?
Friday, April 21, 2006
With Friends Like This
Take a look if you have the stomach. Come to think of it, that shouldn't be a problem what with all the insurance PAC money Sue is taking.
And then there's the $5,000 Sue took from GOPAC. Who is GOPAC you ask? Interesting you should ask. GOPAC was the political machine run by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and the treasure chest behind the Contract On America. Here's some background on GOPAC to mull over.
With friends like Newt Gingrich...
Democrats are also targeting seats held by Republicans Sherwood Boehlert, Randy Kuhl, Tom Reynolds, James Walsh, and Sue Kelly, said Representative Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He said Democrats may have an advantage because of a flagging economy in upstate New York, and will be helped by the candidates at the top of the ticket.
``Hillary Clinton and Eliot Spitzer are get-out-the-vote magnets for the Democrats,'' Emanuel said in an interview.
But it's not just the top of the ticket that is putting Sue in jeopardy. It's her record of consistently voting in lock-step with President Bush, Tom DeLay and other hard-line Republican leaders. It's her votes to slash $12 billion from student loan programs, to change the bankruptcy laws in favor of the large banks and credit card companies who repeatedly fund her campaign and the long list of other votes she's taken over the past 11 years. While Sue may have started out as a moderate back in 1994, each time there's a close vote, Sue consistently votes with her party, even when it's out of sync with the voters in her district.
It's time for her to go.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Mc-Bush Supports Runaround Sue
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
PRINCETON, NJ -- Public approval of the job Congress is doing has dipped to its lowest level of 2006, and is now the worst Gallup has recorded since the closing days of the Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994.1979, 1992, 1994.... anyone starting to sense a pattern developing here?
According to an April 10-13, 2006, Gallup Poll, 23% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, while 70% disapprove. The current approval score is slightly below the 25%-27% range seen since January.
The current 23% approval rating for Congress is a near-record low for the institution. Gallup's trend for this question, which started in 1974, shows lower approval scores on only three other occasions: October 1994 (21%), March 1992 (18%), and June 1979 (19%).
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Dear Sue: welcome to reality!
So we'd like to make a little suggestion: instead of touting national unemployment numbers to make the economy look brighter than it really is, perhaps Sue should think about doing something about this. Of course, that might mean returning the $3,000 she took from ExxonMobil's PAC during the current cycle. Still, something doesn't make sense in a world where the very same week that we learn about an oil exec making $144,000 a day, our gas prices jump 25%.
Friday, April 07, 2006
A helping hand...
Granted, she needs to show that she's doing something for the district, which is why her office keeps putting out these silly press releases talking about all of the money she's bringing home. (We're still waiting for the release where she touts her misguided budget votes or any of the other votes she's taken with indicted former House Leader Tom DeLay). But since Dutchess County Airport lost its last commercial carrier five years ago, it's not really clear who Sue's money is benefiting. After all, as this story notes, the airport's main purpose is to provide helicopter flights to "the rich and famous".
So while we're all for bringing money back to the district, it would be nice if it could help people who actually need the help. We're quite sure that without much effort, Sue could find some needy students who can no longer afford their college tuition, thanks to her votes. Of course, that would mean she'd have to own up to her vote. Issuing press releases is obviously much easier.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Indeed, she only bucked The Hammer on 10 votes, which in our book, isn't exactly the mark of a moderate. Remember: DeLay represents one of the most conservative districts in the country. And the Hudson Valley, a district Sue claims to represent, isn't exactly suburban Houston.
Which brings us to our second question: Will Sue finally return the $12,020 she's accepted from DeLay?
UPDATE: We should have mentioned yesterday that DeLay missed 5 of those 80 votes. So assuming he had been there, we're betting Sue's DeLay loyalty scorer -- special points to the person who comes up with a catchier name -- would have been even higher.
Runaround Sue on the Runways
Once again Rep. Sue Kelly has taken big credit for something she had little to do with and which provided comparatively small benefits.
On Thursday, March 30th, Runaround Sue announced a Federal Aviation Administration grant awarded to Stewart International Airport. The funds are part of a program called AIR-21. The airport improvement program provides both discretionary grants and formula grants to airports of all sizes. To say that she co-sponsored the bill that made it happen means that all she did was co-sponsor the bill to reauthorize a program already in existence. As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, she would be expected to co-sponsor the reauthorization bill.
Runaround Sue should not be boasting all that much here. The program gets billions, Stewart received $1.54 million dollars. And what is that money being used for, airport security? Not according to airport spokeswoman Tanya Vanasse via the Poughkeepsie Journal, "We're just pushing dirt around and planting grass and making it nice and flat on both ends of the runway."