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Yesterday brought the Shocking! Startling! revelation that the Democratic majority in the New York State Senate just don't get it.

I know. I know. Hard to believe that these paragons of virtue would engage in the exact same pay-to-play high dollar fund raising tactics as the fossilized Republican former majority did over the last several decades but it is disappointingly true.

That the Republican minority is decrying this fund raising effort with shrill cries of...

Look! Look! They are doing the exact same thing we've been successfully doing for decades and it'll keep us in the minority until our grandchildren are as ancient as we are! The Horror! The Horror!

... is so hypocritical it makes me puke.

The fact that the Democrats are doing the same damn thing the Republicans did for decades is so hypocritical it makes me wanna puke even more.

At least I'm not alone kneeling in front of the porcelain alter.

This cannot go on.

It must stop now. This year. This November.

We at RebootNY are committed to reforming Albany. We believe the evidence is abundantly clear that this can only be done by electing new State Senators.

Yesterday's revelation does nothing but support our position.

Yesterday's revelation also makes clear that it is going to cost money to do the job.

Make no mistake. Despite all of this being front page news they will still get that money. People will pay to play.

We at RebootNY will be supporting challengers to as many of these failed Senators as we can find legitimate reformers to oppose them. We will be as careful as we can to back no frauds. There is no Blue Dog Caucus for the State Senate and there is no argument in favor of backing Blue Dog equivalent State Senators. If a candidate will not commit to real reform once elected they will not get our support.

In order to do that, in order to overcome the

$25,000 - friend of frauds
$50,000 - Supporter of more of the Same
$75,000 - Chairman of What's in it for me?

We need your support.

While we will happily accept your

$25,000 - Friend of Fair Government
$50,000 - Supporter of Wholesale Change
$75,000 - Chairman of the Committee to Reform Rules, Reapportionment and Clean Money, Clean Elections

We will also happily accept the average working and unfortunately not working New Yorkers

$25 - Fed up with these frauds
$50 - Sick of the status quo
$75 - Churning in the gut over all of this

contributions as well.

I hate having to ask for contributions after this sort of slimy behavior has taken place but there is no way to get enough new committed reformers elected to force change down their throats without raising the cash to compete with these people.

I do however promise to talk with you here on The Albany Project whether you contribute or not so you don't need to pay to play in my illustrious sandbox.

But please do contribute to the cause. This stuff is just too sickening to let it continue.  

Originally posted to Andrew C White on Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 06:22 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    REBOOTNY.org - Time to reboot the New York State Senate

    by Andrew C White on Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 06:22:39 PM PDT

  •  Diary was written for The Albany Project where (4+ / 0-)
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    tikkun, RonV, MBNYC, ChocolateChris

    this story has been front page news since yesterday.

    The links tell the story but basically the new democratic Senate majority cluster*&#$ sent a fund raising letter out to labor leaders promising them a special seat at the table for $50,000 a pop.

    When word got out Senate leader John Sampson defending it by basically saying "But they did it to!"

    They also defend it by saying that it is not just labor but that they'll offer business a seat at the table for the cut-rate price of $25,000 a pop.

    I'm supposed to feel better about that?

    I feel like I should be John Cleese in the Parrot sketch suddenly looking around him to see where that came from.

    Absolutely mind-bogglingly amazing how totally clueless these guys are.

    REBOOTNY.org - Time to reboot the New York State Senate

    by Andrew C White on Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 06:39:55 PM PDT

  •  Who the F&@k is ACW? Something doesn't smell (0+ / 0-)

    right here.  A diary to rid a state senate of democrats?  This stinks to high heaven!

    "These are people of the land. The common clay of the new west. You know.....morons!" -The Waco Kid

    by fedorko on Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 06:46:57 PM PDT

    •  Check my low uid (4+ / 0-)
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      and check the links to RebootNY.org

      We are looking to get rid of all 62 State Senators. The 30 Republicans and the 32 Democrats.

      As a political veteran said the good ones aren't good enough and the bad ones are... well... he said evil. I think only 2 or 3 of them fall in that catagory. I say...

      The good ones aren't good enough and the bad ones are horrid.

      Peace,

      Andrew
      p.s. nice to meet you.

      REBOOTNY.org - Time to reboot the New York State Senate

      by Andrew C White on Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 06:50:08 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  By the way... what smells (6+ / 0-)

      are the democrats that did years worth of song and dance routine while in the minority about what reformers they were but then turned around once in the majority and engaged in the same abuse of power the republicans had been doing.

      New Yorkers are fed up with the lot of them.

      REBOOTNY.org - Time to reboot the New York State Senate

      by Andrew C White on Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 06:51:39 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Are you saying that every democratic senator (0+ / 0-)

        in the NY legislature is targeted?  There are no current dems good enough to fight for?  That's what your diary intimated.  There's something wrong here.  If so, Andy...You've got to get up pretty early in the morning to pull one over on the Kossacks!

        "These are people of the land. The common clay of the new west. You know.....morons!" -The Waco Kid

        by fedorko on Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 06:59:41 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Oh there are about 4 or 5 (3+ / 0-)
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          that are worth a damn but that is about it and if it cost me those 4 or 5 (some of whom I am personally friends with) to get rid of the rest then I will personally pack their bags and wish them well in their retirement.

          And every single New York Kossack will agree me on how bad things have gotten. I am not trying to pull anything over on anyone. It is that bad.

          You are obviously not a New Yorker and obviously haven't been paying attention to our state politics. Head on over to The Albany Project or to RebootNY's newsfeed and blog to learn for yourself.

          And... just for the record please see the following...

          Peace,

          Andrew C. White
          Stephentown Democratic Committee Chair
          Stephentown, NY
          Rensselaer County, New York Democratic Committee

          REBOOTNY.org - Time to reboot the New York State Senate

          by Andrew C White on Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 07:36:59 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  it's legit (5+ / 0-)

      sadly, and I mean the damn Senate.  I am so tired of these people abusing the people.

      For the true measure of a man is not by success or failure The true measure of a man is not what he has accomplished but, what he is still willing to do.

      by The Shepherd on Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 06:59:29 PM PDT

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    •  If you're not from NY, you wouldn't know (7+ / 0-)

      I moved here 5 years ago, a democrat, and refused to join the local party because it was so venal. Instead I joined the Working Familes Party.  It is hard for anyone outside the state to know how putrid politics are here.

      That said, I understand your reaction.  It's hard to believe that Democrats can be such dicks

      The truth about John McCain's Keating Cheating

      by tikkun on Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 07:02:26 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  lifetime NY (6+ / 0-)

        and I stopped the "it's hard to believe" part a long time ago. but I was talking to a potential candidate the other day about running, so hopefully, fingers crossed we can get some good people in there.

        For the true measure of a man is not by success or failure The true measure of a man is not what he has accomplished but, what he is still willing to do.

        by The Shepherd on Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 07:05:31 PM PDT

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      •  You're right, I don't know NY politics being from (1+ / 0-)
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        Wash. state.  I'm just suspicious of anyone in this current climate of disinformation denigrating progressives.  Is this diary for real and every Dem Senator deserves the pink ticket...everyone of them?

        "These are people of the land. The common clay of the new west. You know.....morons!" -The Waco Kid

        by fedorko on Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 07:07:19 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  The New York State Senate (4+ / 0-)

          is a fabulous cartoon. The lot of them are a mess. They would be funny if they didn't have such an impact over our everyday lives.

          Andrew, on the other hand, has a first class reputation in these parts.  I've known him online from the days when Dean first stepped out onto the national stage.  Andrew was a very visible part of the first dean activists.

          The truth about John McCain's Keating Cheating

          by tikkun on Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 07:36:50 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  Not denigrating progressives at all (3+ / 0-)
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          just Democrats that promised for years that they would reform the corrupted system if we would only get them over the hump and into power and only to have them turn around a start drooling at the chance to take advantage of the same absolute power that whoever is in the majority enjoys.

          Is it radical to assert all 62? Yes. Sure. Are some of them decent? Yes. Have they taken action to force their leadership to create the desparately needed change? No. Only one or two of the four or five good ones has railed publicly against leadership for giving lip service to the long promised change and not delivering it.

          And if it cost us those few to get rid of the rest...

          So be it.

          Peace,

          Andrew

          REBOOTNY.org - Time to reboot the New York State Senate

          by Andrew C White on Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 07:42:18 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  In the meantime let me clear (5+ / 0-)
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          my pecking order for eviction goes roughly like this...

          4 or 5 of the worst Republicans along with Democrats Espada, Diaz, Sr. and Kruger.

          Followed by the remainder of the 30 Republicans and a couple more of the worthless Democrats.

          Followed by the rest of the Democrats until you get to the handful that are worth and darn with the couple that have publicly railed against their leadership for accepting Espada and "Slasher" Monserrate (who is already gone thank god) back into the caucus and not making real change to the rules of the Senate when they had the chance.

          Will we get all 62? Of course not. Will we get them in the order listed above? Hopefully something close to it.

          But the state electorate is ready for wholesale change and we need to take advantage of the absolute disgust with which the State Senate is held in order to evict enough of them to create a real, substantial, committed reform caucus within the Senate to make sure that real reform occurs and that the momentum is unstoppable.

          Peace,

          Andrew

          REBOOTNY.org - Time to reboot the New York State Senate

          by Andrew C White on Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 07:47:39 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  short answer Yes and No (5+ / 0-)

    the story of dysfunctional deviants running the Senate (both parties) is correct, should all of them be rejected, no.  I like some Senators like Valesky, but a lot of the problems with this state is that their is a centralized core of power that control all most everything and are impervious to any attempts to think or do differently than they wish. I'm not necessarily on board with the notion of getting rid of all of them, but I would say that a bunch would not be a bad idea. The thing is that some of these people have been around for over 30 years and have created the same problems that they "talk" about fixing.

    For the true measure of a man is not by success or failure The true measure of a man is not what he has accomplished but, what he is still willing to do.

    by The Shepherd on Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 07:19:42 PM PDT

  •  Gave $25 to Reboot about one month ago. (3+ / 0-)
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    RonV, Andrew C White, ChocolateChris

    Rose Calcaterra (Dem) is challenging Ken LaValle in my district on eastern LI. It'll be tough to dislodge LaValle.

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