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Kuhl Lies about Swiftboat Tricks

Ray Suarez of the PBS Newshour was in NY-29 last week doing interviews about the congressional race.  The piece he was preparing aired on Friday September 29. (link)   Audio is available at the link.  I told Suarez about a dirty swiftboat trick Kuhl was using against me, questioning why I didn't rise to a higher rank than Commander after 24 years of service.

Although Kuhl denied the swiftboating, Suarez decided to check for himself to find out if I was telling the truth about the dirty trick.  So he asked a Kuhl supporter who had been at the recent Cheney fundraiser about my years of service.  Here is the discussion from the piece Suarez did on Friday:

RAY SUAREZ: The battle for veterans' votes has heated up. Massa accused the Kuhl campaign of spreading rumors about the Democrat's years of service in the Navy; that, in 24 years, he should have risen to a rank higher than commander.
The Kuhl campaign denies employing any such tactic. However, the message is out in the 29th District.
Kuhl supporter Anthony Santomauro, on the way home from the Cheney fundraiser, stopped to grab dinner to-go at the fish fry at the American Legion Hall in Canandaigua. Santomauro answered a question about the importance of Massa's military experience.
DR. ANTHONY SANTOMAURO, Kuhl Supporter: What position did he have in Navy?
RAY SUAREZ: He retired as a commander.
DR. ANTHONY SANTOMAURO: How many years was he in?
RAY SUAREZ: Twenty four, but I'm not sure all of that was active duty.
DR. ANTHONY SANTOMAURO: Twenty four years in the Navy, what would you expect to get rank to?
RAY SUAREZ: Well, they say he would have made captain, except he took a medical -- he retired...
DR. ANTHONY SANTOMAURO: I'll leave it at that. I think you see where I'm coming from.

"The Kuhl campaign denies employing any such tactic. However, the message is out in the 29th District."  I think this is as close to calling Kuhl a liar as Suarez could get under the circumstances. Suarez also included a quote from me about how my years wearing a uniform compare with Kuhl:
ERIC MASSA: I will go anywhere in the eight counties of the 29th Congressional District and lay my uniform with its 28 personal military decorations on any table next to any uniform he has ever worn, and there will only be one set of stripes on that table. I will no longer stand and tolerate any individual who has never worn a military uniform swift-boating any veteran. That ends today!

My Service Record
I have released my service record so it is now a matter of public record.  This includes detailed fitness reports spanning my 24-year career. Throughout these files, there are numerous commendations, compliments, and recommendations for early promotion. One commanding officer wrote "I could turn the ship over to him tomorrow." At the time when I was diagnosed with cancer, I was serving in a highly prestigious and exceptionally demanding position as an aide to the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO Forces in Europe, Four-Star General Wesley K. Clark. Prior to my medically-determined retirement, General Clark, whose high standards are also a matter of public record, had recommended that I be promoted and appointed to command a front line combat ship.

More Dirty Tricks from Kuhl

My opponent has also engaged in dirty pushpolling as discussed here.  Here are some of the pushpoll questions:

"If you knew Eric Massa was against secure borders for our nation, would you still support him?". "If you learned Eric Massa was an ultra-radical pro-abortionist, would that change your opinion of him?"

This is the same pattern of denied smears and dirty mudslinging that defined the last election in the 29th Congressional district.  I refuse to engage in dirty politics or tolerate those who do.  I am fighting to bring a higher standard of leadership to Congress that works to solve the real problems that every working family in our community faces, not perpetuate behind the scenes secret smear campaigns orchestrated by my opponent.  We all heard last month that Republicans were planning to use smear campaigns to try and turn back the Democratic tide.  Given the events of the last week and the sudden resignation of a GOP Congressmen and revelations about George Allen, Bob Corker and others, the old saying that people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones seems appropriate.  

It's All about Leadership. Swiftboating and Calling for Torture Is Not Leadership.
The very fact that Republicans are resorting to swiftboating and smear campaigns to try and win elections shows that they have nothing of their own, no real leadership, to offer the American people.  The lack of real leadership was also apparent this past week in the torture discussion by President Bush and the Republican-controlled congress.  We can't torture our way out of the messes in Iraq and Afghanistan. A big part of the reason Iraq has gone so poorly is that Secretary Rumsfeld turned to torture when he should have been turning to proven counter-insurgency techniques.  Newsweek long ago identified Rumsfeld as the origin of advanced torture techniques in Iraq (link):

While the interrogators at Gitmo were refining their techniques, by the summer of 2003 the "postwar" insurgency in Iraq was raging. Rumsfeld was getting impatient about the poor quality of the intelligence coming out of there. He wanted to know: Where was Saddam? Where were the WMD? Most immediately: Why weren't U.S. troops catching or forestalling the gangs planting improvised explosive devices by the roads? Rumsfeld pointed out that Gitmo was producing good intel. So he directed Steve Cambone, his under secretary for intelligence, to send Gitmo commandant Miller to Iraq to improve what they were doing out there.

I think time has borne out that the intel they got from torture at Gitmo wasn't as spectacular as Rumsfeld thought it was, but that's a whole other discussion.  The important thing is to compare the above paragraph, and its timeline, with this from the Amazon page for the Thomas Ricks' book Fiasco:

Ricks: The U.S. military that went into Iraq in 2003 was the best military in the world for fighting another military. But it was woefully unprepared for the task at hand. For example, U.S. military culture believes in bringing overwhelming force to bear. Yet classic counterinsurgency doctrine calls for using only the minimal amount of force necessary to get the job done. U.S. soldiers and their commanders, untrained and unschooled in the difficult art of counterinsurgency, tended to improvise. So in the summer of 2003, some soldiers in Baghdad decided that the best way to deter looters was to make them cry--and they sometimes did this by threatening to shoot the children of looters, and even conducting mock executions.
More broadly, the Army in the fall of 2003 fell back on what it knew how to do, which was conduct large-scale "cordon-and-sweep" operations. These missions scarfed up thousands of Iraqis, most of them fence-sitting neutrals, and detained them. U.S. military intelligence officials later concluded that 85% of those detained were of no intelligence value. The detention experience frequently was humiliating for Iraqis, a violation of another key counterinsurgency principle: Treat your prisoners well. (Your readers who want to know more about this should read a terrific little book by David Galula titled Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice.)

If we had used sound counterinsurgency techniques instead of resorting to torture, Iraq probably wouldn't have become as big of a mess as it is now.  Rumsfeld's lack of proper leadership is directly responsible for the poor results we see today in Iraq.  Torture didn't work before and it won't work now.  What we need is less torture and more leadership.

Protecting Child Predators is Not Leadership
Also, good leadership would make every move to protect our children from sexual predators.  As the father of two children, I am especially angry about the lack of leadership displayed by Republicans in the House.  Protecting our children should be more important than playing politics. Period.

We Need the Experience of Veterans in Washington
We also need more experienced military people in Congress to provide leadership at this crucial point in our history.  Yesterday I attended a huge rally supporting Congressman John Murtha.  As a reward for standing up to President Bush on Iraq, Congressman Murtha has been swiftboated himself and has been threatened with more swiftboating in October. (link)  That was a big part of why we had the rally yesterday.  As I told the crowd in Johnstown yesterday, "An attack on one veteran is an attack on all our veterans. I will not stand by quietly and allow this slander to go unanswered. When a member of Congress who has never worn a uniform calls Jack Murtha a coward, I'll walk to Johnstown to stand with him and support his distinguished career. "
My point is that Congressman Murtha's time in uniform enabled him to understand the issues in a way that non-Veterans could not.  That's why he has stood up to President Bush and Karl Rove so forcefully.  My experience as a Veteran is something my opponent cannot compete with.  And by attacking my service record, he is creating tension between himself and the Veterans Community.  And this tension between Randy Kuhl and our military veterans is nothing new.
Drawing on experience from my time in uniform was a big part of the Newshour piece too. Suarez followed my discussion of applying lessons learned from the successful (For more on that success, see McJoan's piece Greeted as Liberators.  Our work actually resulted in hearts and flowers and I am proud of what we accomplished.) work in  Bosnia and Kosovo with Kuhl simply dismissing the idea of semi-autonomous regions because an unnamed Iraqi interior ministry official said it wouldn't work in Iraq (link):
RAY SUAREZ: Massa says, in order for U.S. troops to begin leaving Iraq, the warring factions must be separated, as they were in Bosnia in the late 1990s. Iraq, he believes, must be split into three semiautonomous regions to keep the Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis from killing each other.
That plan would backfire, according to Randy Kuhl. He said he discussed that option with an Iraqi interior ministry official during his visit.
REP. RANDY KUHL: He said that there's no way that they could do that from a practical standpoint. It just wouldn't work out. And so it's just not even an option to them.
And they are working toward a unified national government with inclusion of all the various sectarian groups. So I don't see any proposals at this point. I mean, that would just lead to people fighting over what's the territory they get, and on, and on, and on.I see that as totally disruptive and not a responsible plan.

Creating semi-autonomous regions would be totally disruptive?  I had to laugh when I saw that quote.  Only someone as divorced from reality on Iraq as Kuhl, like his friends in the White House, would think that Iraq isn't already totally disrupted.  It will take strong measures to put it back together.  And continuous denial won't make the problems go away.  Suarez also pointed out that Kuhl tries to have it both ways.  Even though he supports the war in Iraq to the point of making ludicrous denials of reality, Kuhl also tries to escape responsibility by saying he didn't vote for the war.  Either he supports the war or he doesn't.  He can't choose both.  

Where We Stand in NY-29
Last week I mentioned our new poll and discussed it some.  (link)  We got the official report from the polling agency this week.  DavidNYC discussed it over at Swingstate Project.  We are in a statistical dead heat with Randy Kuhl.  A PDF of the results is here.  The bottom line is that if we can get our name recognition up we will win.  We have been doing canvassing and could use volunteers to help with that and other tasks that you can sign up for at our online volunteer center here.  
I want to thank all of you who have donated in the end of the quarter push that has been going on.  It is very impressive that the Act Blue donation page with all the candidates is getting so close to $1 million dollars total.  And the number of donations is equally impressive.  Like many other Democratic campaigns, we need as much as we can get because we can win if we have enough money to compete.  Our Act Blue link is here.  Thanks for all the support you have given already.

In conclusion, swiftboating is a sure sign of a lack of leadership.  Calling for torture instead of developing realistic exit plans is another example of a lack of leadership.  No to swiftboating.  No to torture.  Yes to better leadership.
I will close today with this quote from the Suarez piece:
ERIC MASSA: And stop calling us cowards, stop calling us "cut and run" Democrats. We bring the real experience necessary to bring our troops home, safe and sound and, furthermore, to defend our families, our communities, this district, our state, and this nation from attacks by terrorists. We need that leadership in Washington now more than ever, period.

Originally posted to Eric Massa on Sun Oct 01, 2006 at 11:57 AM PDT.

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  •  ERic here ... (16+ / 0-)

    the staff was able to get me to the computer on time  - - - this time .... There have beena few weeks in the past when i had to pul over on the side of the road and find a store with a computer and then beg to be allowed to log on to a borrowed computer.  BUT, not this time.  Lots of great enws from the campaign front and lots fo new updates to pass on.

    Eric massa

    •  Give em Hell (4+ / 0-)


      We met briefly in Vegas at the PepperMill (yKos) and I, for one, was damned impressed.

      My main question is how are you doing at getting the counter-message out? You have a very big district.

      -2.38 -4.87: Maturity - Doing what you know is right even though you were told to do it.

      by grapes on Sun Oct 01, 2006 at 12:09:54 PM PDT

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      •  Well, (6+ / 0-)

        We are starting here for one audience and we will be releaseing additional information in the District this week.  I think that we can combat this in a way that will win us votes from many.

        Thanks for the encouragement.  Please recruit five potential contributors to help us get the message out.

        Again, thanks,


        •  ah, the Peppermill - I was there too (0+ / 0-)

          and have been keeping an eye on your race.

          I wish I could help more, but on a teacher's salary and working a teacher's hours I have little time or money, and an obligation to help Jim Webb beatGeroge Allen

          Keep at it.  You have all the moral support we can give.   And when they do the dirty stuff that you describe, hit 'em back like you did, and point out their hypocrisy.

          Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH!

          by teacherken on Sun Oct 01, 2006 at 02:14:49 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks Eric! (3+ / 0-)
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      LuLu, trashablanca, Ellicatt

      So what about the race against Kuhl?  He seems to be getting really desperate.  And it seems like a stupid mistake to attack your service record.  Why would he even consider that?  Do you think he simply didn't realize what your record is?

      The ...Bushies... don't make policies to deal with problems. ...It's all about how can we spin what's happening out there to do what we want to do. Krugman

      by mikepridmore on Sun Oct 01, 2006 at 12:10:41 PM PDT

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      •  NO, he knows what he is doing ... (5+ / 0-)

        ... this is a page right from Karl Rove.  Instigate rumors, deny involvement and then try to remain disinterested.  What IS surprising is that he is trying to do what was done to him last year.  I have refused to follow him down that road.  This election is about his voting record that refutes everything that is important to this district.  

        For example:

        In a recent article a headline SCREAMED form the page:


        "John LIncoln the Presidnet of the New YOrk Farm Bureau wrote that "We should remind Representative Kuhl that agriculture is by far the largest economic sector in his district.  Given that, on ewould think that he would give mroe consideration to our industry and the needs for a comprehensive immigration policy that provides a workable guest worker program and secures our borders."

        Mister Kuhl has become one of them and is no longer one of us.

        Thanks for stoping by.


    •  Please correct your title to include NY-29 (1+ / 0-)
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      And I will say that I am perplexed as to why you did not respond to commenters on your healthcare issues diary.  You were offered assistance, and you didn't acknowledge it.

      "The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government." --Thomas Jefferson 1809.

      by Buffy Orpington on Sun Oct 01, 2006 at 01:13:00 PM PDT

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      •  He was probably on the campaign trail (2+ / 0-)
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        ...and didn't see the questions.

        He's working pretty close to 24/7 and can't always get here to live blog.

        "This is not a time for a candidate who will offend no one; it is time for a candidate who takes clear stands and kicks ass."....Molly Ivins

        by pelican on Sun Oct 01, 2006 at 01:40:06 PM PDT

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      •  Buffy, thanks for catching (2+ / 0-)
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        that NY-29 wasn't in the title.  And thanks for the offer of help earlier.  Sometimes Eric's blog team posts diaries while he is on the road doing campaign events.  Sometimes, as he mentioned in his opening comment, he is able to get connectivity and liveblog and sometimes there is no way for him to do both a campaign event and liveblog.  Sorry that your offer got missed earlier.  Please e-mail me at michaelapridmore at yahoo dot com and I will be sure to connect you with Eric.  As part of the blog team, I actually posted that particular diary for Eric. I volunteer for him from over 1000 miles away.  Noel Schutz, captain of our blog team, volunteers all the way from Taiwan. I think Eric had to leave already this afternoon to get to an event.  But I will be sure to forward your e-mail to him and draw it to his attention.  Thanks.

        Mike Pridmore

        The ...Bushies... don't make policies to deal with problems. ...It's all about how can we spin what's happening out there to do what we want to do. Krugman

        by mikepridmore on Sun Oct 01, 2006 at 01:42:58 PM PDT

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        •  Thanks - will do (0+ / 0-)

          It might be helpful to have the info in your post to me somewhere in the diaries when he's not live blogging.

          Just a thought so as not to miss any contributions.

          "The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government." --Thomas Jefferson 1809.

          by Buffy Orpington on Sun Oct 01, 2006 at 01:48:37 PM PDT

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      •  I'm sure he just missed that... (2+ / 0-)
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        mikepridmore, Ellicatt

        If you'd like to volunteer:

        and he has a medical professionals page here:

        After you register (be sure to fill out the online portion), you can go to the Edit My Profile page and enter a testimonial for Eric.  If you label yourself as a medical professional, it will show up on the medical professionals page.

        Also, you can email your offer to help to Eric via the website at  

  •  Keep up the good fight, EM (2+ / 0-)
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    LuLu, Ellicatt

    You have the smarts and the stones to make a great Rep.  I just hope your district's voters are tuned in.  I sent some l$ve your way yesterday.  

    "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

    by trashablanca on Sun Oct 01, 2006 at 12:08:59 PM PDT

  •  Hi Eric, things are going well in NY... (2+ / 0-)
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    trashablanca, Ellicatt

    With your poll results and Jack Davis in a position to blast Reynolds on his roll in the Pagegate scandal, NY will be turning a beautiful shade of blue!

    •  The Leadership ... (1+ / 0-)
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      of the Republican Party is about to find out what it really means to "hit a wall".  Or, more to the point they will have a wall fall on them.

      The RCCC and REynolds knew what ws goign on and they still stood around so that they could capture the hundreds of thousands of dollars that the Child Porn King sent thier way.


  •  Keep up the fight! (2+ / 0-)
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    trashablanca, Ellicatt

    I'm over in Rensselaer county helping with Kirsten Gillibrand's campaign but I'll see if we can free up some time to head to the 29th.

    I supported Wes Clark in 2004 and today.

    Somehow, you have got to get to the vets in the 29th and tell them what this liars are doing is a slap in the face of all vets!

  •  lawn signs (4+ / 0-)
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    LuLu, trashablanca, testvet6778, Ellicatt

    If lawn signs are any indication of how a campaign is going, then yours is going very well. In my travels through Pittsford and Brighton, I have seen dozens of Eric Massa signs and not one for Randy Kuhl. I saw my first Randy Kuhl sign a few days ago on a farm outside of Geneva,N.Y.

    John Griffin

    Support our troops, send a vet to Congress.

    by Fighting Dem Vets on Sun Oct 01, 2006 at 12:18:33 PM PDT

    •  This is similar to what (2+ / 0-)
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      what NCJim said here:

      Traveling back to NY-29 I was very happy to see so many Massa signs, even in traditionally GOP areas (one Kuhl sign in a place with a sign for every GOP running for office, in a public place - not a lawn).

      On the evening news was coverage of Cheney coming to the district to raise money for Kuhl.  The newscaster asked Kuhl why he was with the VP since last month he was running away from Bush and Cheney.  Kuhl said "well I need the money".  Coverage switched to Massa turning hamburgers at a free picnic saying "anyone can get a picture with me for free. Excellent.

      So we decided on the way home we would count the number of Massa signs and contribute $10 to the Massa campaign for each.  Being cheap I went home through the only precinct that didn't vote for Slaughter (2nd election) when it was in her district.  Bad move, a large contribution went out to Massa (via the netpage) on Monday>

      The ...Bushies... don't make policies to deal with problems. ...It's all about how can we spin what's happening out there to do what we want to do. Krugman

      by mikepridmore on Sun Oct 01, 2006 at 12:25:17 PM PDT

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    •  There is a feeling ... (3+ / 0-)
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      glaciermom, testvet6778, Ellicatt

      ... of real momnetum throughout the entire district and we will work around the clock to maintain that momentum.  




      •  Keep it up (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm volunteering w/Charlie Brown's (CA-04) campaign (I know you know Charlie) and boy is he up against one of the dirtiest of the dirty - John Doolittle. I hope you guys have a huge GOTV effor for both the weekend after absentee ballots are mailed (get them before they get tossed in the recycling bin because undecideds don't know who to vote for) and for election day.

  •  Protecting Child Predators is Not Leadership (2+ / 0-)
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    testvet6778, Ellicatt

    As a father of 2 boys and a girl I too am especially angry about this.  Power corrupts -- and this makes Congress look an awful lot like the Catholic Church.  Deny and Lie.  Here's hoping that everyone in the leadership that knew anything about this whatsoever has charges brought against them.  Go, ERIC.

    EM:  __

    Protecting Child Predators is Not Leadership
    Also, good leadership would make every move to protect our children from sexual predators.  As the father of two children, I am especially angry about the lack of leadership displayed by Republicans in the House.  Protecting our children should be more important than playing politics. Period.

    •  The Buffalo .. (1+ / 0-)
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      newspapers today headlined the hundreds of thousands of dollars that the Cild predator gave to the RCCC.  These crooks know what was going on and refused to act just to keep the money flowing in .

      I think our new tag line is:

      I don't take money from Child Predators!!!

      Did you ever think you owuld live in a country where the wrong minded, rubber stamping, reprehensible, Republican leadership can't - and won't say the same thing.


      •  Did I ever think? (2+ / 0-)
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        LuLu, Ellicatt

        Did I ever think I'd live in a country where the GC are considered "antiquated"?

        I never ever thought I'd ever see any of this shit.  And nobody ever thought I'd be putting all my money, time, and emotions into supporting a general and his aide and 55 other fighting dems.  I'm a PEACENIK fercripessake!  The world has been turned completely on its head.

  •  push back and keep pushing back we are behind (2+ / 0-)
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    trashablanca, Ellicatt

    you all, we need the fighting dems in office   Foley's mess proves the republicans don't care about things that really matter

    support change:

    by testvet6778 on Sun Oct 01, 2006 at 12:27:27 PM PDT

  •  Can't wait for you guys..... (2+ / 0-)
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    testvet6778, Ellicatt get in and straighten this mess out.

    "This is not a time for a candidate who will offend no one; it is time for a candidate who takes clear stands and kicks ass."....Molly Ivins

    by pelican on Sun Oct 01, 2006 at 12:30:25 PM PDT

  •  Didn't rise above Commander (3+ / 0-)
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    trashablanca, testvet6778, Ellicatt

    Well, obviously, Kuhl's people didn't do their homework on that one.  Your records are posted on your website and reading them I thought as I read the first few, "Well, they probably say these nice things about everybody," but they kept getting better and better as your career went on!  Very impressive, Eric.

    •  Thanks, (2+ / 0-)
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      testvet6778, Ellicatt

      I have no way of knowing if I would have been honored with further promotion but REAL military officers do not aspire for promotion  - - they work for thier troops and if the Navy decides that there is work at a the next higher officer grade then so be it.  I was promoted on time every time and only a crystal ball could have foreseen a diagonosis of terminal cancer that made it impossible for the Navy to return me to sea duty and thus made future promotions impossible.

      Now it is a matter of continuing our fund raising momentum so that we can take the message to air waves.  These lying, cowardly, slanderous, immoral, criminal members of the House leadership need to be LOCKED out.

      Thaks for the encouragement and it's 30 days to victory.


  •  Eric, (1+ / 0-)
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    Someone commented on the cross posted DU post:

    Eric is an honorable man but he needs to go "negative".

    Having a negative ad doesn't always mean you are making up stuff. His opponent is rather contemptuous. All Eric has to do is have an ad telling some truths about the guy. Eric needs to attack. I hope he does it.

    How do you answer that?

    "This is not a time for a candidate who will offend no one; it is time for a candidate who takes clear stands and kicks ass."....Molly Ivins

    by pelican on Sun Oct 01, 2006 at 12:38:46 PM PDT

    •  Wont' work in the 29th. (1+ / 0-)
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      The truth about this guy was out in 2004 and he STILL won.  It's not enough that Kuhl is what Kuhl is.  These people will vote Republican unless they see something in a Democrat that they really really really want.  Eric has that.  And what he needs to do is show that to people.

    •  Thaks for comment ... (1+ / 0-)
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      negatie ads don't work.  Strong compare and contrast ads that line up my positions and his will work.  We are goign for the compare and contrast.

      Our first ad was a positive bio piece and it was LOVED throughout the district.

      We are goin to win this race AND stay above board.


      •  Makes sense. (1+ / 0-)
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        You know your own district and I'm sure you are running a smart campaign.

        Here's to Victory!

        "This is not a time for a candidate who will offend no one; it is time for a candidate who takes clear stands and kicks ass."....Molly Ivins

        by pelican on Sun Oct 01, 2006 at 12:48:27 PM PDT

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  •  Hey Eric, I saw you on the NewsHour (2+ / 0-)
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    and you did great.  Rock on!!!

  •  Kuhl's Polling Firm/Public Opinion Strategies (2+ / 0-)

    Hi Eric!

    I don't know if you or your staff has had the chance to read Push Polling in the 29th? - Part 2/Update that was posted at "The Rural Patriot" site.  Public Opinion Strategies is the republican polling firm that the RCCC has hired to do the Kuhl poll.  The post cites prior polls performed by POS, and even though they claim to not do "push polling", it looks as though they approach a very fine line, or perhaps in some cases, actually cross that line in their methodology.

    I hope that this information is useful to you.

    The Rural Patriot - Proudly bringing home the facts to rural areas of western New York State.

    by Ellicatt on Sun Oct 01, 2006 at 12:57:04 PM PDT

  •  Eric, you probably know this anyway ...... (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Donna Z, LuLu, testvet6778, Ellicatt

    Always, always show a picture of yourself in uniform in all you ads. Even the little flyers that you send out. My Dem Representative to the NC House won a seat that only a Republican was suppose to win. His father was in the service as he was, and his tv ads which lasted  about 5 to 10 seconds would show himself and his Dad, and then you would read/hear the phrase "a tradition of leadership". Sometimes it would change to "a tradition of leadership and service". It gave every thing he said validity.

    (I have seen the picture of you and your father on your web-site)

  •  Eric (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Donna Z, Ellicatt

    I thought the segment on the Lehrer report was very balanced.  I can't believe the "swiftboating" they are doing on you.

    I notice that the race is close, I hope you have an effective "get out the vote" strategy.

  •  KEY RACE (2+ / 0-)
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    mikepridmore, Ellicatt

    Today's Democrat and Chronicle, the Rochester Newspaper which reaches a large portion of the district, described the Massa/Kuhl race as a "Key Race", with a headline stating "Voters in district likely to decide who controls the House".

    Here's the link:

    The Democrat and Chronicle (D&C) is a conservative newspaper in a conservative town, but despite the failure to report extensively on this race in the last few months, today's article was on the front of the local section, above the fold.  I think that the D&C's recognition of the significance of this race is a sign that Eric is winning in our district.  We just need to catch up with those Republican $$$$ to get the air time to reach the voters in the rural southern tier, who are more difficult to contact face to face despite the zillions of events Eric's attended, and the canvassing efforts going on. If you haven't contributed before, you should do so now.  If you have, thanks, and you should do so again!

  •  Commander sounds great to me (0+ / 0-)

    My father must not have gotten too far in the Navy as he used to spend his entire pay on Fig Newtons.   Kuhl will crumble like a stale cookie come November.

    •  Teh truth is ... (0+ / 0-)

      ... that Commanders and Captains and Admirals are all much less important than the junion sailors for whom they all work.  BUT apparently Kuhl does not believe this at all.  We'll just have to teach them that.



  •  I saw the piece on News Hour (0+ / 0-)

    I thought it was great exposure for you.  Sure seems like they are trying to make a backhanded attempt at creating the appearance having cancer and leaving the Navy must mean you are "disabled."  They just can't come right out and say it, because that would be a violation of civil rights law...perception of handicap.  They just want to be sure the meme is out there.  They suck.  I hope NY-29 lets them know how much they suck on Nov. 7th.  

    Winning without Delay.

    by ljm on Sun Oct 01, 2006 at 03:16:55 PM PDT

  •  Spencerport Money (0+ / 0-)

    OK YAWN it's 2:30 AM and this Spencerport guy living in San Francisco has just put another donation into the ActBlue page for Eric.

        I had to get it in before I climbed into bed.  Please help my beloved hometown have the representation it deserves:  ERIC MASSA!

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