Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Not so Sweeney

Check out this article from Newsday. Congressman John Sweeney's none to happy with his Governor. Rep. Sweeney thinks that that Gov. Pataki is spending a little too much time helping Iowa's candidate's and not quite enough time helping the folks in New York

"WASHINGTON (AP) _ Rep. John Sweeney complained that Gov. George Pataki is largely to blame for the tough election fights expected for New York Republicans this year because the governor has "checked out," according to a new report. Sweeney, R-Clifton Park, offers a harsh view of Pataki, his former political mentor, in a profile of Sen. John McCain published in the August issue of Esquire magazine.

The article describes a May discussion in which Sweeney tells McCain the New York GOP woes are in large part due to Pataki, saying: "He's checked out, and everybody knows it." The congressman also apparently faults Pataki for the delays in rebuilding the World Trade Center site, telling McCain: "Plus, there's still that big hole in Manhattan. You know what his approval rating is? Twenty-nine." Pataki spokesman David Catalfamo said the governor "has great respect for Senator McCain, strongly supports Congressman Sweeney's re-election and will continue to practice Ronald Reagan's 11th Commandment of 'Thou shall not speak ill of fellow Republicans'." An aide to Sweeney did not immediately comment on the report. Almost two years ago, Sweeney faulted the state GOP for the party's poor prospects, particularly in the Senate race that Charles Schumer won with a record share of the statewide vote. After that election, Sweeney said the state party was "in deep trouble. We've lost our way... We face a disaster in 2006 unless something is done, starting now." Sensing GOP weakness, Democrats have poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into the campaign of Sweeney's top Democratic challenger, Kirsten Gillibrand, who raised slightly more than Sweeney in the year's second quarter. Sweeney won re-election in 2004 by a 2-to-1 margin, representing a district that stretches from the Albany suburbs north to Lake Placid.


The cooler staff finds the "hole in the ground" comment to be a bit over the top.


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