Democrat Tasini to announce for U.S. Senate seat

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Democratic labor activist Jonathan Tasini, who ran in a primary against Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2006, plans Thursday to announce a challenge to Clinton’s successor, Kirsten Gillibrand.

“I believe in primaries,” Tasini, 53, said yesterday Wednesday. “We are not anointing someone. This is not a monarchy... There should be vigorous competition to decide the direction of the Democratic Party.”

Sen. Charles Schumer and other Democratic leaders have been discouraging primary challengers to Gillibrand, who was appointed by Gov. David A. Paterson after Clinton became secretary of State. Gillibrand faces voters in a special election next year, to occur alongside other statewide offices.

Tasini is declaring as the field of potential primary challengers for the seat narrows. Among the early list of prospects, Reps. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer have all dropped out. Rep. Carolyn Maloney of Manhattan, however, has been signaling that she’s preparing to challenge Gillibrand.

Said Tasini, of his own campaign: “If I can raise the money I think I have a shot at winning.”

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Comments (7)

Where is he going to get the money from? Is he planning to win the lottery?

I'm here too and...when I got a call from a US Senator Sunday at my home, that was a turning point.
www.norenforsenate.com

I love being the non-politician underdog.
There are so many egos involved here and the sad thing is that there is a lot more at stake than someone's ego...real people's lives are at stake. Government accountability, not wooing Unions and dirty lobby money.
As I posted earlier tonight:

I will be the only Democratic challenger for getting rid of all lobbyist money period in the Congress and Senate. I am also the only challenger who is not a career politician. I am also the only challenger for a health care stepping stone plan that is at no extra cost to taxpayers and provides a massive economic stimulus boost.

Senator Gillibrand plays this down. While I am diagnosing oral cancer as an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, Kirsten has in her past received thousands of dollars from the law firm where she represented Phillip-Morris. While I served 6 years in the US Army and was a medical whistle blower, Kirsten enjoyed the fruits of a well-connected papa to get her political career going. While Maloney supports a dead in the water "Autism Bill" that essentially does the "Jenny MCarthy discourage kids from getting vaccinated", I deal with the real world with my multiply-disabled autistic but very special daughter. Experience? I can go on but lets wait until it gets down to talking about how foolish and expensive the current health care solutions are and where we really need to start.

Dr. Noren (607) 273-0327 Ithaca Oral Surgery and Implant Center

I'm here too and...when I got a call from a US Senator Sunday at my home, that was a turning point.
www.norenforsenate.com

I love being the non-politician underdog.
There are so many egos involved here and the sad thing is that there is a lot more at stake than someone's ego...real people's lives are at stake. Government accountability, not wooing Unions and dirty lobby money.
As I posted earlier tonight:

I will be the only Democratic challenger for getting rid of all lobbyist money period in the Congress and Senate. I am also the only challenger who is not a career politician. I am also the only challenger for a health care stepping stone plan that is at no extra cost to taxpayers and provides a massive economic stimulus boost.

Senator Gillibrand plays this down. While I am diagnosing oral cancer as an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, Kirsten has in her past received thousands of dollars from the law firm where she represented Phillip-Morris. While I served 6 years in the US Army and was a medical whistle blower, Kirsten enjoyed the fruits of a well-connected papa to get her political career going. While Maloney supports a dead in the water "Autism Bill" that essentially does the "Jenny McCarthy discourage kids from getting vaccinated", I deal with the real world with my multiply-disabled autistic but very special daughter. Experience? I can go on but lets wait until it gets down to talking about how foolish and expensive the current health care solutions are and where we really need to start.

Dr. Noren (607) 273-0327 Ithaca Oral Surgery and Implant Center

Dr. Noren, Tasini and Scooper. What an inspiring trio they are. If they were a rock group, they could call themselves "The Conceited Nobodys."

I will send him money. He will raise money from the real Democrats all over New York State who don't want to be stuck with a conservative.

Roberta and Jeanne:
Nice blog "plants" I see you nay saying me wherever I post. For your information, running for this seat is anything but ego....it is anything but easy on the pocket book, family and career. I am not independently wealthy, have much less personal wealth than most in this race, and my values are firmly planted in my faith. I hope what Brian said is true and that New Yorkers who care and want rapid improvement in the way Congress acts can be changed at the ballot box. A great way to find out where all the lobby money goes is OpenSecrets.org
$46 million from the insurance industry to the Congress and Senate doesn't make for an even playing field for health care legislation. I'm far from conceited. I'm just motivated to serve my country again like I did for 6 years active duty Army....how many years did you serve Roberta????

Sorry. Love truth, and pardon error.
I am from East and learning to read in English, give please true I wrote the following sentence: "Besides these preschool games, parents can also think of other innovative games that can be played with their kids at homes."

Best regards :), Maddie.

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