Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Corwin endorsement announcement leaves out some details

GOP candidate in the 26th Congressional District, Jane Corwin, did her best Wednesday night to react to today's endorsement of war veteran David Bellavia for Jack Davis by gathering the endorsement of 20 military veterans in Congress.

She failed to note, however, that they're all Republicans. Yep, I checked ... and you can, too. One would hope that the endorsed GOP candidate would get the endorsement of Republican Congressmen, especially considering she just got the endorsement of the Speaker of the House, John Boehner.

Does she assume we're stupid? I wonder if any news outlets will run with this.

(press release below)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Contact: Matthew Harakal 
Phone: ###-###-####
Corwin Endorsed by 20 Military Veterans in Congress

WILLIAMSVILLE -- Jane Corwin, candidate for New York's 26th Congressional District, today was endorsed by 20 military veterans elected to the House of Representatives last November.
The group issued the following joint statement: 

"Veterans in Western New York have a strong voice and tireless advocate in Jane Corwin.  As the proud daughter of an Air Force Reservist, Jane knows firsthand the sacrifice and dedication our men and women in uniform make on behalf of our great nation every day. In the New York State Assembly, Jane's record of protecting veterans was second to none. We are eager to have her join our historic House Republican Freshman Class in Congress. Jane Corwin will fight with us as we try to repay the debt of honor owed to those who have bravely defended our freedom."

The full list of military veterans that endorsed Corwin includes the following:
Allen West (FL-22)
Veteran of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom

Mike Grimm (NY-13)

Christopher Gibson (NY-20)
US Army Colonel

Rick Crawford (AR-1)
Former U.S. Army Sergeant

Tim Griffin (AR-02)
JAG Corps Major

Steve Womack (AR-03)
Colonel - Arkansas Army National Guard

Jeff Denham (CA-19)
Air Force Veteran

Richard Nugent (FL-05)
Served in the Air National Guard
Sandy Adams (FL-24)
Served in the US Air Force

Adam Kinzinger (IL-11)
Air Force Veteran

Larry Bucshon (IN-08)
US Navy Reserves

Todd Young (IN-09)
US Navy Captain

Mike Pompeo (KS-04)
Served in the US Army

Jeff Landry (LA-03)
Desert Storm Veteran

Andy Harris (MD-01)
US Navy Reserves Commander

Chip Cravaack (MN-08)
US Navy Reserves

Steven Palazzo (MS-04)
US Marine

Joe Heck (NV-03)
US Army Reserve

Steve Pearce (NM-02)
Vietnam Veteran
Bill Johnson (OH-06)
Retired Lieutenant Colonel with the U.S. Air Force

Some thoughts on the 26th ...

With less than two weeks to go before the special election in NY's 26th Congressional District, things are REALLY heating up.

First, we've got an endorsement of Jack Davis by David Bellavia ... and an unendorsement of Jack Davis by Bob Lonsberry. We've got Jack whining that the girls are being mean to him. And Ian Murphy being uninvited from a Channel 2 News debate. We've got Jane Corwin bringing Speaker John Boehner in to stump for her. And none other than Donald Trump saying if Jane loses the election, it's Rep. Paul Ryan's fault.

It's all very hard to keep up with. But, gosh, it is a LOT of fun.

It would seem to me like the Bellavia endorsement could give Jack Davis the few points he needs to make this a three-way horse race. The most recent polls have Jane Corwin leading Kathy Hochul and Davis by 36-31-23 ... and then Hochul leading Corwin and Davis by nearly the same figure 35-31-24. If Jack takes three points from each of those candidates, it's 32-28-30, which would put the whole thing within the margin of error. Keep in mind, Davis IS pulling from both candidates, so my theory there is plausible.

This past weekend, Erie County Comptroller Mark Poloncarz, who at one point was considered a leading candidate to be the Democrat in the 26th race, announced he'd be running for Erie County Executive against Chris Collins.

I can't help but wonder why Poloncarz would make his announcement with two weeks to go in the special election. He couldn't have waited just a few weeks? Could his announcement take any wind out of Hochul's sails? Or is he hoping she has some coat tails of some sort? Will they be campaigning together over the next couple weeks? I really just don't get it. Any clues would be appreciated.

Thirteen days. It's bound to be interesting.