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Eric Schneiderman is a progressive, an activist and a feminist.

Eric Schneiderman is the real deal. He is and always has been a real progressive and a true feminist his entire life.

I have known Eric Schneiderman a long time.

Eric started out as my State Senator. When he was elected in 1998, Dr Slepian, who worked at the Buffalo Women's Clinic, was murdered in his own kitchen in front of his children by an anti-choice fanatic. The NY State Clinic Access bill had already been in legislative limbo  for nearly 5 years. Governor George Pataki kept saying if the Clinic Access bill got to his desk he would sign it, knowing full well that the Republican State Senate would keep it 1000 miles from his desk.

That year though, Eric got elected to the State Senate. Against both the Republican Senate Majority Leader's dictates and sad to say, the recalcitrant  foot dragging in his own party's conference; he brought up motion after motion to get the Clinic Access bill to the floor.  He was a progressive pain in the a** :-).  But the bill passed finally,  because he was unwilling to ever give up.  And Eric continues this profile in courage, smarts and perseverance to this day.

He is no longer my State Senator because, in 2000, in order  to get rid of him, they redistricted him uptown into a predominantly Hispanic district. They were sure he would lose. Unfazed, he ran hard, learned Spanish and ably represents his new constituents who are not nearly as well off financially as his old ones.  

Eric is smart, and tough but also effective.  He knows when to challenge and when to work cooperatively.

Despite The New York Times' concern about entrenched incumbents in Albany, they have enthusiastically endorsed Eric for Attorney General because they know he is someone who has long fought both inside and outside to make the State of New York a better place for everyone, a State where justice will get the first plate at the table.  

The Times cited his "sound judgment, legal expertise, political independence, and long history of fighting for government reform."

Every single person's vote will matter on Tuesday.  Please join me in supporting Eric Schneiderman tomorrow, on Tuesday, September 14th.

Cross pointed at Open Left

http://www.openleft.com/...

Originally posted to debcoop on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 04:10 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (17+ / 0-)

    Debra "But what I have concluded over the years is that talent is universal, but opportunity is not." SOS Clinton

    by debcoop on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 04:10:19 PM PDT

    •  Schneiderman! (0+ / 0-)

      Rice is a demagogue.  A good-looking demagogue, but still a demagogue.  Coffey and Dinallo are nice guys but do not have much chance.  I'm hoping the "no Rice" vote will go to Schneiderman.  Of course, if Rice wins, I'll vote for her in the general holding my nose.

      "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

      by TLS66 on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 05:38:26 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  After looking into all five candidates, I support (0+ / 0-)

      Schneiderman.  He has the best record both on principle and on being smart.

      -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

      by neroden on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 06:47:33 PM PDT

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      •  Thank you (0+ / 0-)

        He is smart and nice and kind.  And has a great 17 ear old daughter, who keeps him honest and a feminist.

        This mornign he said...The thing about raising a feminist daughter is that she keeps him that way.

        Debra "But what I have concluded over the years is that talent is universal, but opportunity is not." SOS Clinton

        by debcoop on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 07:47:53 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Schneiderman is Amazing (0+ / 0-)

      I know him personally too. His ideas are powerful, progressive, and yes, interdependent.

      And I've never meant anyone who knows him personally who doesn't love him.

      This would be a REAL victory for progressives!

  •  Thanks (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Andrew C White, BachFan
    I'm voting in NY tomorrow.

    I was talking about McCain and you're talking about McConnell. The assholes are all interchangeable. - JNSD, Daily Kos

    by RhodaA on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 04:15:44 PM PDT

  •  He's got my vote (2+ / 0-)
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    Andrew C White, BachFan

    He was my state senator, and a very good guy.

    And I'm voting for Espaillat to replace him in Senate

    We all differ in ways that matter. But we're all the same in the ways that matter most.

    by plf515 on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 04:24:40 PM PDT

  •  Eric has my vote tomorrow (3+ / 0-)
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    TLS66, Albanius, optimusprime

    Just received an email minutes ago that contained a quote from another person I know that works in close association with Schneiderman's office.

    Here is what they had to say:

    The particular thing I want to add to the conversation, however, is a point on which I have a special perspective, which is crucial to someone seeking to be the Attorney General: not only does he personally have exemplary qualities, but he has surrounded himself with excellent people.  I see the legislative work coming out of most Senate offices, and Sen. Schneiderman attracted and hired what I consider to be the strongest staff of any Senator in the State Senate.  The Attorney General’s office is far from a one-person show. Being able to surround oneself with first-rate people is on a par with personal qualities as an essential measure of anyone seeking to head a major office such as that of the A.G.  My experiences tell me that Schneiderman would run a top-notch operation.

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

    by Andrew C White on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 04:28:55 PM PDT

  •  Many of the people I know who live in NY, (0+ / 0-)

    even the non political ones, have excellent things to say about Schneiderman.
    Good luck to him tomorrow.

    ~~insertobscurereference,pretentiousquoteORsalientaphorismhere~~

    by shayera on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 04:30:38 PM PDT

  •  He's an insider. (2+ / 0-)
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    NYBri, BachFan

    After spending 12 years in the horrible NY State Legislature, does anyone believe that he is going to enact any sort of reform agenda against his old pals?

    Give us somebody from outside Albany.

    "Progressive" doesn't mean anything in NY. Unlike the rest of America, we have plenty of Progressives. What we need now is reform.

    Mr. Schneiderman is too much a part of problem.  The fact that in NY, an Attorney General can often become Governor, means that it is critical that we make a good choice.

    I would vote for Eric for US Senator or Congress, but not Albany. Not the swamp. We need someone to clean the swamp, not someone who was raised in it.

    •  I'm from Maine, just following the race from (0+ / 0-)

      a distance. You're implying that Schneiderman is dirty--is there any evidence?

      "Gussie, a glutton for punishment, stared at himself in the mirror."

      by GussieFN on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 04:35:32 PM PDT

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    •  Did you read my statement about how often (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Andrew C White, sidnora, Albanius

      he bucked his own party's establishment.

      This is a generic condemnation which is specifically untrue.  Eric will go after corruption, unfairness and injustice wherever it is.

      Debra "But what I have concluded over the years is that talent is universal, but opportunity is not." SOS Clinton

      by debcoop on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 04:40:01 PM PDT

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      •  There's nothing there about bucking the (0+ / 0-)

        establishment.  It'd be nice if true, but you don't really support the claim in the diary.

        •  He led the fight to expel Monserrate (2+ / 0-)
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          TLS66, Albanius

          when some others in that body, even people I know personally and have respect for, were mushy about it because they wanted to preserve the Dem majority. And, yes, believe it or not, there are one or two worthy of respect. Not many more than that, but one or two.

          The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

          by sidnora on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 04:59:25 PM PDT

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          •  no...he led an investigation... (3+ / 0-)
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            burrow owl, grrr, neroden

            ...into expelling Monserrate. He actually fought to keep Monserrate and Espada in the Dem fold during the coup.

            •  I should know. I was there. (1+ / 0-)
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              neroden

              BUT...I think Eric Schneiderman is as good as it gets in terms of a NYS Senator, but to say he led the charge against Monserrate is over reaching.

            •  He opposed their move to hand Sen back to the GOP (0+ / 0-)

              the price was to take them back into the D caucus, where they are isolated and despised,  a lesser evil than letting them put the Repugs back in charge after their decades of abuse.

              Politics aint beanbag; it can only be improved by increasing the clout of reformers like Eric Schneiderman.

              Having led the effort to expel Monserrate, Eric S has been  actively supporting Gustavo Rivera's primary campaign against Espada for weeks.

              I could find  no sign of Eric D endorsing  Rivera, on his site or  with a quick google.

              There's no such thing as a free market!

              by Albanius on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 08:47:15 PM PDT

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              •  That's because Eric D understands... (0+ / 0-)

                ...that, as AG, he might be handed the Espada case which is now pending and if he took sides, expressed on opinion or endorsed Espada's opponent, he would have to recuse himself from the case.

                Like I said, best qualified. We are hiring our lawyer in this election, not looking for a good politician or legislator.

              •  And I repeat... (0+ / 0-)

                ES led the INVESTIGATION committee into Monserrate. Then the committee released its report which suggested two possible actions.

                1.expusion

                2.Strip him of his committee assignments

                and the Senate chose to expel him. Saying he led the effort to expel is over reaching.

        •  Quoting muself and I was there (0+ / 0-)

          ." Against both the Republican Senate Majority Leader's dictates and sad to say, the recalcitrant  foot dragging in his own party's conference; he brought up motion after motion to get the Clinic Access bill to the floor"

          His own conference stood in his way and the way of the bill because they didn't think you could do anything. He proved you could.

          I know Eric enlisted David Paterson to be the potential new minority leader against a Democrat ( who is personally likable) who just didn't make an effort to pursue a more aggressive agenda.That was one example of Eric fighting the establishment.  And until 2008 the Repubicans were the establishment and he bucked them all the time.  So much so that they literally didn't give him office supplies, pencils and papars

          Stop blaming all of the do nothingness of the Republicans onto the Democrats. Eric has moved a lot of things in Albany that nobody wanted moved before.  

          You can't have a standard that is so stringent that those who actually think public service is worth doing can only earn your contempt, while those who don't care enough to engage are lauded for their disengagement and indiffernce.  That is a standard that leads to thinking blowing stuff up is better than attempts to try to engage, reform and repair.

          Debra "But what I have concluded over the years is that talent is universal, but opportunity is not." SOS Clinton

          by debcoop on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 05:07:38 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

      •  He bucks the Establishment? (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        optimusprime

        Then why has the whole Establishment endorsed him?

    •  Schneiderman has been working (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      sidnora

      to reform Albany, a task worthy of Hercules.

      He's gotten stuff done.  He'll do more as AG

      We all differ in ways that matter. But we're all the same in the ways that matter most.

      by plf515 on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 04:40:36 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  He's shown (0+ / 0-)

      a fair amount of courage in that regard so far. If he disappoints me, I know what to do next time.

      The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

      by sidnora on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 04:56:22 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Tipped & rec'd (1+ / 0-)
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    ManhattanMan

    Even though I know it's almost impossible to get local-election diaries up on the Rec List, it's worth trying for this one. I'll be out there for him tomorrow.

    The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

    by sidnora on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 04:55:18 PM PDT

  •  Respectfully...I disagree. (2+ / 0-)
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    ManhattanMan, grrr

    I don't want anyone from the legislature in Albany as the next AG. Period.

    I'm going with Eric Dinallo.

  •  He's been endorsed by the Nation (2+ / 0-)
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    burrow owl, Albanius

    and our own Andrew C White. Pretty impressive from my standpoint.

    Oh, and if you live in New York, come out and vote tomorrow. If nothing else, make my getting up at 4:30 in the morning mean something (I'm an election inspector).

    Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

    by milkbone on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 05:02:54 PM PDT

    •  Good for you for being an election inspector! (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      ManhattanMan, BachFan, milkbone

      I love the polls at the buttcrack of dawn.  It just feels right.

      •  Thanks (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        burrow owl, BachFan

        I've been doing it for the last 10-12 years...I get frustrated when I'm the youngest person in the room* (and I'm the same age as Madonna and Prince, which means I'm flipping ancient). I wish more people would come out and be a paid volunteer for a day.

        *For the record, when my wife and I worked the 2008 election, our "Republican" counterparts were a lesbian couple who were both 23 years old...they were independents but since so few Republicans volunteered they ended up being called. Weird thing - one of them shared my not-all-that-common surname.

        Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

        by milkbone on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 05:24:41 PM PDT

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  •  Schneiderman and Rice seem pretty similar (0+ / 0-)

    based on their respective issues pages.  Having just cracked open a beer, I'm about to start my due diligence into those 2 now.  Any key differences I should be aware of that I'd be likely to miss?

    •  Check out Dinallo (0+ / 0-)
    •  Most important thing about Rice (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      burrow owl, BachFan

      She thinks the Rockefeller drug laws are fine as they are. Schneidermann at least worked to overturn them.

      Schneidermann vs. Coffey vs. DiNallo seems to be an honest match-up. Rice and Brodsky are strictly verkakte.

      Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

      by milkbone on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 05:28:01 PM PDT

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      •  Her issues page says otherwise, but thanks (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        milkbone

        for the tip; I'll google away at that, since the Rockefeller laws are plainly grotesque.

        •  I haven't looked at her website (0+ / 0-)

          I was lazy and only repeated what WNYC had reported about her. I'll have to do some digging.

          Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

          by milkbone on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 05:36:14 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  she is misrepresenting her position at the time (3+ / 0-)
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          Albanius, neroden, BachFan

          She actually wrote a letter as part of DA group, along with Dan Donovan, now the Republican AG candidate, to lobby against the changes in the Rockefeller laws.

          In partiuclar she wanted to keep discretion away from judges and for DA's, which everyone who knows the laws abuses was the most important reform in the Rockefeller drug laws.

          Th efact that she is changing the history of her involvment in the issue speaks poorly of her.

          The letter by the way is publicly available.

          Debra "But what I have concluded over the years is that talent is universal, but opportunity is not." SOS Clinton

          by debcoop on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 05:39:21 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

      •  Rice is BAD. n/t (0+ / 0-)

        -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

        by neroden on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 07:05:53 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Rice's wall street platform: (1+ / 0-)
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      neroden

      For instance, while investment advisers are bound to act in the best interests of their clients, "broker-dealers" – who sometimes also advertise themselves as financial advisers – are held to a lesser standard, and not required to disclose potential conflicts of interest.

      Of course they're held to a lesser standard.  They're salespeople, not fiduciaries.  She sounds dumber and more of an economic populist than Schneiderman. Point Schneiderman.

      •  That said, Schneiderman taking more than (0+ / 0-)

        half of his AGI in itemized deductions just smells foul.  

        •  No, that's not bad at all. (0+ / 0-)

          Itemized deductions include:
          -- health care costs
          -- charitable contributions
          -- unreimbursed employee expenses (like if he's required to buy a suit to work in the legislature... heh...)
          -- theft and casualty losses
          -- investment management expenses
          -- accounting and tax preparation expenses

          There have been years when I had capital losses and large "adjustments" to AGI (from retirement contributions, etc.) when my itemized deductions were actually larger than my AGI.

          People with business losses also routinely end up with low AGIs (and therefore large itemized deductions relative to AGI).

          Unless you've seen Schneiderman's actual return and can pinpoint something specifically fishy, there's nothing suspicious about this at all.  Is there something specifically fishy?  Or does Schneiderman just give a buttload of money to charity?

          -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

          by neroden on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 07:11:43 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  OK I looked at the details: (0+ / 0-)

            A huge chunk is the deduction for state and local taxes paid, which I'm sure you won't hold against him.

            A large hunk is unreimbursed employee expenses.  This may be questionable.  But frankly, I believe him.  To put those on the tax return, you have to have fully itemized logs of them.  And the state legislature doesn't reimburse for hardly anything, even if it's absolutely necessary for work.  (Such as when committees are ordered to go off to investigate something-or-other.)

            The investment expenses are actually pretty standard, though they do indicate that he's getting overcharged badly by his investment advisor.

            -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

            by neroden on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 07:16:16 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

    •  Thing is, Rice is a turncoat. (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Albanius

      Former Republican.  Supports reinstating the Rockefeller Drug laws.  All you need to know.

      -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

      by neroden on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 07:17:34 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I am leaning toward Sean Coffey (0+ / 0-)

    However, that is based on a flier bio I got in the mail.  Saw a tv ad for eric a few times but that's it

    When we got into office, the thing that surprised me most was to find that things were just as bad as we'd been saying they were. -JFK

    by optimusprime on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 05:16:11 PM PDT

    •  I like Sean (0+ / 0-)

      But he doesn't have enough of a record to really judge what he'll do.  and he doesn't actually talk in specifics what he would do.  

      Nevertheless I think, from what I do know, that he is great asset for NY Democratic politics and I hope he keeps being involved if he doesn't win.

      Debra "But what I have concluded over the years is that talent is universal, but opportunity is not." SOS Clinton

      by debcoop on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 05:32:01 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I'm leaning for Coffey (0+ / 0-)

        even though Schneiderman is my state Senator. I want someone not connected to the legislature and Schneiderman's cozying up to Al Sharpton is disgusting. That is NOT what we need if Albany is to be cleaned up.

  •  Siena Poll Schneiderman 25-23 (3+ / 0-)
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    TLS66, neroden, readerwriter

    http://www.nydailynews.com/...

    That's already 48% for the top 2 contenders.

    Schneiderman 25
    Rice         23
    Coffey       13
    Brodsky       7
    Dinallo       4

    That is 29% undecided, not 70% as NYBri has said.

    So by not too much the progressive candidate is leading.  And we have to make sure that the progressive vote is not scatterd and thereby electing the candidate who really isn't.  

    That's my argument. The race is between Schneiderman and Rice.

    Debra "But what I have concluded over the years is that talent is universal, but opportunity is not." SOS Clinton

    by debcoop on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 05:29:23 PM PDT

  •  3 votes coming from my family (0+ / 0-)
    He had a great commercial running in the Buffalo area where the Mayor endorses him, the County Comptroller, along with other respected politicians.  

    "Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others." St. Augustine

    by wsbuffalo on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 06:10:38 PM PDT

  •  Assuming I can figure out the new voting machines (1+ / 0-)
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    BachFan

    He'll have my vote.

    "Each One Teach One" - African proverb, author unknown

    by readerwriter on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 07:48:25 PM PDT

  •  I am voting for Rice. She's way more electable (1+ / 0-)
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    bten

    Schneiderman will be a lightening rod for the Right and won't mesh well with the rest of the Democratic ticket.  Hard to see Cuomo working hard to elect him.  Go Rice!

  •  Kathleen Rice is the way to go! She has been grea (0+ / 0-)

    t as DA and would be a great AG. SHe has a devastating ad against Schneiderman talking about how he supported Espada for Dem leader in the St Senate. He is just all wrong. And beside that in debates rarely have I seen someone so smug.

    Sorry I have to run to the Senate floor to abolish torture.

    by bten on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 08:48:15 PM PDT

    •  How can someone not vote for 21 years? (1+ / 0-)
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      charliehall2

      And how could she stay a Republican until 2005.  That included Newt Gingrinch, shutting down government, impeaching Bill Clinton, stealing the 2000 election and starting a war under false pretenses.

      How do you stay a Republican, albeit it one who doesn't vote until she's 39 ?) years old?

      How do you explain her commitment to issues,  if she couldn't even drag herself to the polls. who's her commitment to then?

      And you can't run for the DA office in the Republican party because the imcumbent has been in for 30 years.  You of course lose.  So how do you find a pathway to election?  Gee I don't know.

      Debra "But what I have concluded over the years is that talent is universal, but opportunity is not." SOS Clinton

      by debcoop on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 09:05:55 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

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