Monday, July 28, 2014

Bazzo Says: The Media Will Protect Cuomo

Bazzo Says:
BY ANTHONY J. BAZZO

OF YORKTOWN NEWS & MAHOPAC NEWS

Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey is an enigma. He, like John McCain at one time, should be a media darling. He is a Republican that loves liberal Democrats. In the week leading up to the 2012 vote, there was Christie in a photo-op giving a great big hug to President Obama in his attempt to get relief for the victims of Hurricane Sandy and to help himself get re-elected the following year. To hell with Mitt Romney.

 

Speaking of photo-ops, wasn't it just two weeks ago that President Obama derided photo-ops when he was asked to go to the Texas border to see first hand the "crisis" there. Also, speaking of Hurricanes, it was Senator Obama slinging zingers at President Bush and the government's alleged slow response to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. You won't see this contrast in the media, but you have victims in New York and New Jersey still waiting for relief from the federal government from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. 

 

Gov. Christie could have made a difference in last year’s governor’s race in Virginia, but he refused to lift a finger to help Ken Cuccinelli, then the states attorney general, in his race against Terry "I rob terminally ill people" McAuliffe. The Clintonista eeked out a victory and fundraising pushes and appearances by Christie could well have put Cuccinelli over the top. But, living in the East Coast media bubble, Christie believed the media when it kept reporting the race was going to be a big win for the Democrat. It wasn't. 

 

This year, Christie heads the Republican Governors Association, where he is charged with helping elect Republicans to governorships. He said recently that he would not help County Executive Rob Astorino defeat Governor Cuomo because he does not support "lost causes." This is because the East Coast media bubble keeps reporting polling data that shows Cuomo with a 30-point lead. These polls and the reporting of them are designed to suppress Republican turnout in November. They are trying to convince Republicans, Conservatives and Independents to stay home because a Cuomo victory is already a done deal. 

 

By embracing liberal Democrats, Christie should be a media darling, but he is not. That is because he is a Republican and a possible candidate for president in 2016. As such, he is a threat to Democrats keeping the oval office. He must be neutered, hence the continued coverage of Bridge-gate. 

Remember, McCain was a "moderate" and a "maverick" when he was running against Bush in the 2000 Republican Primary. Then, once Bush became president, the hacks at the networks would have panic attacks trying to book McCain as fast as possible whenever he had a criticism of Bush. McCain was making weekly walks of shame on the Sunday shows and did not even know it.

Yet, when he was the Republican candidate for president, the media again showed it was a branch of the Democrat Party when it excoriated McCain. Suddenly, he was too old for the office and no different from George W. Bush. They viciously attacked his vice-presidential pick, Sarah Palin, who people actually believe said that she could see Russia from her house. She never uttered the words. Tina Fey did, on Saturday Night Live. During that same campaign, Barack Obama said he had visited all 57 states, did you know that? But hey, that was the 2008 campaign in a nutshell–a liberal media directed episode of American Idol, the results of which have been devastating to this nation and the world.  

 

Back to Bridge-gate, where again, the media proves they are no more than Democrats with by-lines. It must be remembered that when the first Bridge-gate stories appeared, Christie got rid of appointees and top aides implicated before a full hearing was even started. He then held a press conference and answered every question until there was nothing else left to be said. The New Jersey Legislature has held hearings and still not one link to the governor has been found, yet it still is in the papers. The line is that Bridge-gate will doom his chances of being president, when in reality it is his embrace (in that once case, literally) of liberal Democrats that will probably do the trick. 

 

Contrast this now with the media coverage of the recent New York Times expose of Gov. Cuomo’s interference and disbanding of the Moreland Commission, which he created to root out corruption in Albany. However, once investigators with the commission got too close to the governor and his allies he shut the commission down. There are reported e-mails directly linking the governor's right hand man, Larry Schwartz, to the suppressing of subpoenas that were aimed at groups supporting the governor directly and Democrats in general. We have about the same information at this stage we had when Bridge-gate was fist being reported, yet has Cuomo fired anyone? Has an extensive press conference been demanded by the media so Cuomo could answer any and all questions about Moreland, as Christie did with Bridge-gate?

No and No.   

 

Time after time, polls show New York's economic climate and corruption are the top two things on voters’ minds. There are 13 vacant seats in the New York State Legislature leading up to November's vote; meaning hundreds of thousands if not millions of New Yorkers are without representation in the Legislature. That is why I cannot believe Cuomo has a 30-point lead over Astorino. I told you in the beginning of the year that you would not see positive coverage of Astorino because Cuomo has already been anointed. This is also why, besides the economy (which sucks rocks), Astorino is concentrating his limited resources on this issue of corruption in Albany. 

 

Sure, there is some coverage of the scandal now, but the press knows this is July and you will forget in October because they will not remind you. The libs in the media have already told us Christine cannot win in 2016 because of Bridge-gate, yet it is likely they will not even report on Moreland-gate in the days leading up to election day. 

 

However, the real coverage is still being un-reported. Back in the beginning of June, before the spit hit the fan, Astorino unveiled a 10-point plan to fight corruption in Albany. It was either ignored or dismissed, to the point where you would think all he is doing is bitching without offering solutions. Here for the first time for most of you is the Astorino/Moss Plan to Clean Up Albany:

 


Term Limits
Limit statewide elected officials to two terms (8 years) and state legislators to four terms (8 years).


Limit Legislative Session
Convene regular session the first week in January and end on April 1, when the budget is due; Special session throughout the year can be called by a petition request from two-thirds vote of both legislative houses or by the Governor as defined in the State Constitution.


Independent State Commission on Public Ethics (I-SCOPE) to replace J-COPE
Five members appointed by judiciary with independent budget to receive and investigate complaints of official misconduct, including sexual harassment and assault.


Strengthen FOIL
Require proactive online posting of records and information required for release under FOIL requests; Information would be posted on single statewide database managed by State Comptroller.


Defined Contribution Plan for Newly Elected
Require all newly elected officials to join SUNY's Defined Contribution Plan instead of the existing pension system.


Pension Strip
Loss of taxpayer-funded pension for any elected official convicted of public corruption.


Prohibit Personal Use of Campaign Money
Establish clear guidelines to limit donations solely to election-related activities.


Ban Conflict of Interest Member Items
No "member items" to any non-profit or business affiliated with a state elected official or an immediate family member.


Replace Per-Diem System and require receipts for travel, lodge and food

End Taxpayer-funded Vanity
Prohibit any building, facility or capital project that was paid for with taxpayer money to be named for any current elected official.

 

This is why you know now that Cuomo’s reported reason for disbanding the Moreland Commission is a bunch of bull. None of his vaunted anti-corruption measures agreed to in June contain one of these measures. Like everything else this governor touts, his reforms are specters–all form, no substance. 

 

This is why Cuomo and his lapdogs are trying to scare you into not voting for Astorino. They talk about the social crap, which Astorino would be unable to touch if elected.  

 

The real issues–economy and corruption–those that Governor Astorino would have say over–are to be ignored because Gov. Cuomo’s policies are indefensible. Since the media wants Cuomo in control, you cannot count on it to keep you informed. It too, will distract you with the irrelevant. You must not become distracted. Accept the fact you will not see a Moreland-gate leading up to this election. 

Through the fog, remember there are real scandals involving this disbanding of the Moreland Commission, the state economy sucks and the polls are meant to keep you home. Do not let the bastards beat you. 

This is what I say. What say you? 
SourcesWaPo: The rest of this McAuliffe story is still pretty bad, you know hotair.com/archives/2013/10/10/wapo-the-rest-of-this-mcauliffe-story-is-still-pretty-bad-you-know/
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Astorino's full press release regarding his plan to fight corruption can be found in the archives June 17, 2014, item 1.

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