Race-Baiting Politics Has No Place in Our District, or Any

From Gotham Gazette


Race-Baiting Politics Has No Place in Our District, or Any

September 27, 2018 | by Gareth Rhodes

(photo: DelgadoforNY19)

Drive through Greene County New York, just 90 minutes north of New York City, and you’ll see a large sign on the highway that pretty concisely states the main takeaway of the campaign Republicans are running here in New York’s 19th Congressional District: “DELGADO FOR CONGRESS. NEVER. EX-RAPPER HATES WHITES & AMERICA.”

The sign’s recent appearance coincided with the release of a new television ad by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), where the narrator states that Antonio Delgado, the Democratic nominee for Congress, who is African American, “claims he’s like us,” before playing 30 seconds of cherry-picked and spliced hip-hop lyrics over noticeably darkened, hooded images of Delgado, taken from a short music career he pursued over a decade ago. As anyone living here in NY-19 will tell you, this ad, and many just like it, have been playing non-stop on television, radio, and sites such as Hulu and YouTube since early July, backed by nearly $2 million in spending from the NRCC and Speaker Paul Ryan's Congressional Leadership Fund Super PAC (CLF).

This isn’t the first time in history stoking racial prejudices has been deployed as an electoral strategy. But with a record number of Democratic House candidates who are people of color, the Republican party in 2018 appears to be abandoning its decades pattern of innuendo and coded language, and shamelessly taking these tactics to a new level – overtly race-based attacks against the candidates themselves.

Antonio Delgado is a formidable opponent. And I should know, he beat me in the Democratic primary campaign just a few months ago. He is an inspiring campaigner and tireless worker who grew up in Upstate New York to parents working middle class jobs at GE. He’s a Rhodes Scholar and a graduate of Harvard Law School — the type of story we don’t see enough of here in Upstate New York — a committed husband and father. And he has the kind of diversity of experiences Congress is so badly lacking, from his career in hip hop advocating for social justice, to his time as an attorney spending thousands of hours championing pro bono causes including fighting for reduced sentences for juveniles facing life imprisonment.

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Actress Diane Neal wins appeal, gets on congressional ballot


KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) — Actress Diane Neal will be on the November ballot as an independent congressional candidate in a sprawling upstate New York district after winning a court case over her petition signatures.

The state Board of Elections last month rejected over 1,800 of the more than 4,100 signatures on Neal’s petition to get on the ballot in the 19th Congressional District. On Monday, the state Supreme Court Appellate Division ruled in Neal’s favor in her challenge of the decision.

Democrat Antonio Delgado is challenging Republican Rep. John Faso to represent the district north of the New York City area.

Neal portrayed Assistant District Attorney Casey Novak on “Law and Order: SVU.” She hasn’t held political office and lives in the Ulster County village of Hurley.

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Delaware County Dem's Endorse Elizabeth Burns

DELHI, SEPTEMBER 4 – Delaware County Democrats today announced their support of Judge Elizabeth Burns, of Cortland, NY, as the next Supreme Court Justice for New York’s 6th Judicial District.

“Given the broad range in the kinds of cases heard by the NY Supreme Court, our committee understands that an extensive and well-rounded judicial experience is an imperative qualification for a Supreme Court Justice nominee. In the field of candidates, Elizabeth Burns’ background clearly stands out as best in fulfilling this criterion, “ said Kathleen Hayek, Chairperson. “She has practiced law in courts throughout the district on both sides of the bench, including in Delaware County. She is also an experienced judge and advocate for Drug Treatment Court. With drug addiction continuing to plague our rural district, her experience and advocacy for this program is a strong asset in this race.”


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Ballot petition nixed for ‘Law and Order’ actress Diane Neal


KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) — It looks like curtains for “Law and Order” actress Diane Neal in her bid for a new role as congresswoman from a sprawling upstate New York district.

The state Board of Elections has invalidated Neal’s nominating petition to get on the November ballot as an independent candidate in the 19th Congressional District. The board rejected 1,852 of the 4,181 signatures on Neal’s petition, leaving her 1,171 short of the needed 3,500.

Neal said Friday that the board is doing the bidding of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. She says she’s confident she’ll succeed in her appeal to the state Supreme Court.

Democrat Antonio Delgado is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. John Faso to represent the district north of the New York City metro area.

Neal, who portrayed Assistant District Attorney Casey Novak on “Law and Order: SVU,” hasn’t held political office.

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Independent candidate off NY19 ballot after invalid petition

Luisa Parker


Richard Moody Columbia-Greene Media
August 9, 2018 11:30 pm

ALBANY — The field in the 19th Congressional District race was reduced by one after the state Board of Elections ruled Thursday that Luisa Parker, an independent candidate from Callicoon, filed an invalid number of petitions to get on the November ballot.

Other independent candidates are also facing challenges from the same source — Rhinebeck Democratic Committee member Rima Liscum.

Parker announced her candidacy in March, running as an independent on her own line called Making the Impossible Possible.

Candidates were required to file petitions at the end of July to make it on the ballot, and the three independent candidates — Parker, “Law and Order: SVU” star Diane Neal of Hurley and film producer Dal LaMagna of Rhinebeck — had to file a minimum of 3,000 signatures.

The state Board of Elections considered specific objections filed by Liscum against Parker’s petitions at its meeting Wednesday, concluding that Parker had not filed a sufficient number of signatures to be on the ballot this year. Rhinebeck Democrats are backing Democratic primary winner Antonio Delgado, who lives in Rhinebeck.

Liscum filed a general objection to the petitions last week, but was required to provide the state Board of Elections with specific objections by Thursday.

“Even assuming that every signature submitted is valid, the petition contains 1,906 fewer signatures than is statutorily required,” according to Liscum’s complaint against Parker. “As a result, the independent nomination for Luisa Parker is invalid and she cannot appear on the ballot for the November 2018 election.”

After reviewing the specific objections the state Board of Elections determined without a hearing that Parker filed 1,601 petitions, far below the required number.

Parker has three days to appeal the board’s decision. Her campaign did not respond to requests for comment.

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Video of the Mid-County Meet and Greet with Joyce St. George at the Lucky Dog

In case you missed it, see Joyce St. George at the Mid-County Meet and Greet at the Lucky Dog, sponsored by the Town of Hamden Democratic Committee

Voters question petition signatures for Assemblyman Brian Miller


  Assemblyman Brian Miller being sworn in. | Assembly


Voters question petition signatures for Assemblyman Brian Miller

“I did not sign that.” “That’s impossible.” “I’d like to know who’s using my name.”
By FRANK G. RUNYEON  |  JULY 25, 2018

Larry Engel, a resident of Hamden, New York, has no use for politics.

“When I get political stuff in the mail, I throw it right in the trash,” Engel said. “Republican, Democrat, you name it. I want nothing to do with any of them.”

And yet, Engel’s name was scrawled on the signature line of a Conservative Party ballot petition for Assemblyman Brian Miller dated June 21. “That’s impossible,” Engel said, as his truck idled in the driveway of his home on Honest Brook Road. The disgruntled resident denied he had signed anything in support of Miller.

George Sydlar, a registered Conservative in Davenport, New York, is also listed as having signed Miller’s petition on June 21, but told City & State, “I did not sign that.” Sydlar said he did not even know who the candidates in the race were. Sydlar later said he contacted the state Board of Elections enforcement counsel’s office with his complaint.

“I’d like to know who’s using my name,” Sydlar said.

Even Delaware County Conservative Party Chairman James Small, who along with his wife, Margaret, showed up on Miller’s petitions, denied that they had signed their names.

“I don’t know what’s going on,” he said.


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Video of the Mid-County Meet and Greet with Antonio Delgado at the Lucky Dog

In case you missed it, see Antonio Delgado at the Mid-County Meet and Greet at the Lucky Dog, sponsored by the Town of Hamden Democratic Committee

Video of the Candidate's Forum with Antonio Delgado, Joyce St. George and Chad McEvoy in Cooperstown

In case you missed it, see Antonio Delgado, Joyce St. George and Chad McEvoy at the Candidate's Forum on July 18th, 2018 in Cooperstown, sponsored by Sustainable Otsego

Make 13 Unlucky for Trump

County Chairs, State Committee Members, and Other Valued Members of Our NY Dems Family, 
I wanted you all to hear directly about the next phase of our 2018 efforts.
We have a real chance to fight back and make a difference in the direction of our state and our county this year. That’s why I am thrilled that, thanks to unprecedented efforts by Governor Cuomo, we are raising the resources to launch the robust program necessary to meet this extremely consequential election year.
Today we launched the MAKE 13 UNLUCKY FOR TRUMP: FIGHT BACK WITH YOUR VOTE” campaign to build awareness around the September 13 Primary Date and urge Democrats to get out and vote. As Donald Trump continues his assault on New York and tramples on New York values, it’s more important than ever that New Yorkers turn out and vote. The State Party's slate headed by our party's nominees Governor Andrew Cuomo, Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, Tish James for Attorney General, and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, has never been stronger and we are in a firm position to run the table both in the State Senate and in the contested Congressional races. By encouraging voting in the primary, New York Democrats can send a strong rebuke to the Trump administration, and use the primary as dry run for GOTV in November's general election.
This effort will include an innovative digital, direct mail, and organizing effort to raise awareness around the unique Thursday primary date and ensure voters know when and where to cast their ballots. The primary date was moved from the solemn date of September 11 and the Rosh Hashanah holiday. This campaign will remind Democrats across the state to make their voices heard by voting to elect Democrats representing true New York Values on September 13.  

View the campaign video here and see the below graphic. The “MAKE 13 UNLUCKY FOR TRUMP: Fight Back with Your Vote” graphic will include pull-off stickers to encourage voters to remind themselves both of the date of the election and their personal reason to go vote. The full digital campaign will use the same graphic elements and direct voters to, which will house voter pledge cards as well as polling location resources.

Thanks to the Governor, the State Party is raising the resources to raise awareness, support Democrats on the ballot statewide up and down the ticket, and to make sure Democrats turn their anger and frustration with President Trump into action this year. In addition to digital awareness, this effortincludes hiring organizers, opening offices statewide, and having direct contact with hundreds of thousands of New York Democrats. Let’s show everyone that in New York, Democrats vote.
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