Tuesday, June 6, 2017

NY Gov. Launching Bid to Get a Democratic House Majority

With House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi expected by his side, New York Gov. Cuomo on Tuesday is set to launch a “New York Fights Back” Campaign designed to help the Democrats Win a House Majority. The effort seeks to raise several million dollars to Unseat Six New York House Republicans.

The Six GOPers being targeted are Lee Zeldin (Suffolk County), John Faso (Columbia County), Elise Stefanik (Essex County in the Adirondacks), Claudia Tenney (Oneida County), Tom Reed (Steuben County in the Southern Tier), and Chris Collins (Erie County).

It’s the first time Cuomo, who is up for Re-Election in 2018 and has been mentioned as a possible 2020 Presidential Candidate, is actively involving himself in the effort to flip Control of the House.

The inspiration was the recent House Vote for the Health Care Bill backed by President Trump, which Cuomo has said could cost the State $7 billion. He was particularly upset with Faso and Collins, who sponsored an Amendment that would shift billions of dollars in Local Medicaid costs onto the State.

The Campaign will not only point out to people in the Districts how their Representatives voted, but also what it could cost them. The feeling is, these (six) were Elected by the People of the State of New York, but instead of Fighting for those People, they are doing the opposite. Eventually, the Effort will also focus on the six’s Record on other issues like Taxes, Women’s Rights, Immigration, and the Environment.

With the Democrats needing to flip 24 Seats to win the Majority, Cuomo believes a Quarter of that can come from New York.

The “Fight Back” effort will be run out of the State Democratic Party, which Cuomo controls. The Governor, who recently has ripped Congressional Republicans as Right-Wing Zealots, turned to Veteran Operative Neal Kwatra to oversee the effort.

Though Midterm Elections are in 2018, the “Fight Back” Campaign will kick off with a Rally at the Jacob Javits Center. The Event will feature not only Pelosi and Cuomo, but a who’s who of State Politicos, including at least 10 New York Congressional Democrats, current and Former State and city Officials, celebrities like Steve Buscemi and John Leguizamo, Advocates, and an array of Labor Leaders.

Cuomo will unveil new Digital Ads and a “Fight Back” website. On Tuesday evening, he will hold a Telephone Town Hall.

The idea is to encourage more Democratic Voter involvement and also reach out to the nearly 1 million people in the Six Targeted Congressional Districts who are either not Registered to Vote or have been Inactive, insiders say. The hope is also to aggressively reach out to people via Text and Email as time goes on, and create better data and Voter Lists to help Democrats up and down the Ballot in 2018.

The National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee said Cuomo carries with him the Baggage of Scandal that hit his Administration’s signature upstate economic development projects.

“First Clinton, now Cuomo? We almost feel bad for Democrats hoping their party would get a fresh start in 2018,” said the GOP Committee’s spokesman, Chris Martin.

Bill Lipton, the State Director of the liberal Working Families Party, said the Governor should first focus on Reunifying fractured Democrats in the State Senate. “Before we can take back the House, he should clean up his own house in Albany,” he said.

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker
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