The Rural Patriot

November 2, 2006

Buffalo News Endorses Eric Massa

Filed under: 2006 Campaigns,Eric Massa,New York State — theruralpatriot @ 12:31 pm

From today’s Buffalo News:

Vice President Cheney and first lady Laura Bush have stumped for incumbent freshman Rep. John R. “Randy” Kuhl of Hammondsport, who has pretty much marched in lock step with the White House. Kuhl served for 24 years as a state legislator and nine years as assistant majority leader in the dysfunctional State Senate before replacing retired Rep. Amo Houghton in this district, which stretches into Western New York’s Southern Tier.

Eric Massa of Corning is the better candidate. He is a retired career naval officer who served as congressional liaison assistant to Gen. Wesley Clark when Clark was Allied commander in Europe and later beat a cancer linked to depleted uranium ammunition exposure while serving on a destroyer during Operation Desert Storm. Massa, a converted Republican running as a Democrat, offers a full range of forcefully articulated positions on issues, a passion to reform health care, concern for his district’s tax-linked dairy problems and valuable perspective on Iraq.

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13 Comments

  1. http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061102/NEWS01/611020393

    You would think that a career military man would have enough sense to do a background check.

    Comment by Paul — November 2, 2006 @ 12:51 pm

  2. From the article:

    Massa, who’s trying to unseat Rep. John Randy Kuhl Jr., R-Hammondsport, Steuben County, in the 29th Congressional District, said he did not learn until after he fired Dickert that the campaign manager had asked a 16-year-old boy to spend the night with him.

    “We did not find out about any of those things until he was dismissed,” Massa said. “We fully investigated. My campaign holds my employees … to the highest standards of behavior. We took corrective action and moved forward.”
    (snip)
    In an Aug. 25 affidavit, Massa says Dickert fraudulently misrepresented his qualifications for the job by claiming that he had served capably as chief technology officer for U.S. Sen. John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign. In fact, Massa said, Dickert was fired by the Kerry campaign.

    Massa also accuses Dickert of demonstrating “gross incompetence” as a campaign manager.

    I can’t speak for Mr. Massa, but I think that the correct action was taken against Mr. Dickert. The article also states that Massa does not believe that that Kuhl campaign was behind the release of the documents to the public, and that Mr. Kuhl will not provide comment on this topic.

    I give both men credit for the manner in which they are approaching this topic, and I wouldn’t go as far as calling this a “scandal”, either.

    Comment by theruralpatriot — November 2, 2006 @ 1:10 pm

  3. Sometimes people come highly recommended by someone you believe you can trust. Then you find out you should not have trusted the recommendation, but the damage has been done. And just maybe a background check would have not showed anything. What would it have shown? Previous employers would not tell you that they had problems with ex-employees because they are afraid of the ex-employee coming back and sueing them. The current law provides for that. Thank goodness that we have a candidate who is willing to challenge the status quo in Washington who writes these crazy laws for us.

    Comment by LV Vet — November 2, 2006 @ 1:23 pm

  4. Does everyone around here drink the kool-aid?

    “In an Aug. 25 affidavit, Massa says Dickert fraudulently misrepresented his qualifications for the job by claiming that he had served capably as chief technology officer for U.S. Sen. John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign. In fact, Massa said, Dickert was fired by the Kerry campaign.”

    The DCCC and DNC couldn’t tell Massa that this character was fired? Are you kidding me?

    How about this from Massa’s website:
    “Massa also received high profile attention this week on the national stage, when he was featured prominently in a fundraising email sent by Senator John Kerry to a vast network of supporters across the country.”

    So you are telling me that the Kerry camp had no idea who the campaign manager was when he himself sent out an email on Massa’s behalf?

    Drink up folks, drink up.

    Comment by Paul — November 2, 2006 @ 1:37 pm

  5. Paul,
    This whole discussion is out of order. It should be about the endorsement in the Buffalo News and not on the topic you submitted in your comment to that article. That is another issue. And as far a I’m concerned Massa did the right thing. Your comments are a smoke screen attempt to make Massa look bad.

    Comment by LV Vet — November 2, 2006 @ 3:27 pm

  6. Man, being close to losing really makes some folks crabby.

    So you are telling me that the Kerry camp had no idea who the campaign manager was when he himself sent out an email on Massa’s behalf?

    The campaign manager thing happened much earlier this year. The Kerry email happened this last week.

    Comment by bythepeople — November 2, 2006 @ 3:31 pm

  7. If the Kerry campaign email happened earlier this week, why is it on Massa’s website dated 9/14/06 under the title “Massa Runs First Ads?”

    Comment by Paul — November 2, 2006 @ 3:55 pm

  8. One thing has nothing to do with the other thing! And this whole thing has nothing to do with the endorsement in the Buffalo News, which is what the comments should be about in the first place! Eric Massa was endorsed by the Buffalo News. I thought their endorsement said it well, plus they said Kuhl pretty much walked in lock step with the White House.

    There, my comment on the endorsement.

    Comment by LV Vet — November 2, 2006 @ 5:28 pm

  9. Just to be 100% clear: The person Massa fired, on June 13, was associated with the 2004 Kerry campaign. There’s no connection.

    Comment by Rottenchester — November 2, 2006 @ 5:40 pm

  10. Dickert was fired in June. The date on the Kerry email you reference, Paul, was in September. How does that tie Dickert into the Kerry PAC email issue?

    Although I don’t know how the DCCC and the DNC run their business, I could see how they are not involved in each candidate/incumbent’s campaign for the fine particulars of vetting campaign staff personnel. I relate this to my own high-level corporate business experience, where “lower, high-level” and “upper, mid-level” executives in regional and branch offices handle their own hiring/firing of employees with no need to secure corporate headquarters approval.

    I cannot speak to the situation of why Dickert’s firing by the Kerry campaign was not noticed. I don’t know why that happened, and I won’t speculate on how it happened. Dickert lasted less than three months on the Massa campaign, which shows me that his incompetence was quickly noticed and dealt with.

    I’m just curious as to who actually released this information so close to the election. I hope that anyone who had read the D&C article realizes that it is about Dickert’s actions and not about Mr. Massa. Massa isn’t the one whose behavior is in question here.

    I hope that my comment is the last on this subject. LV Veteran is right – this post is about the Buffalo News endorsement; it is not a post on the D&C Article. However, since this was discussed in the comments section here, you’ve saved me the effort in posting about it.

    Comment by theruralpatriot — November 2, 2006 @ 5:42 pm

  11. The time table just shows that these people talk all the time, and for someone to be hired as “campaign manager” for a hotly contested seat, shows that someone had to know about Dickert’s incompetence. Or as you stated earlier, maybe it got lost in the corporate mentality.

    As to who released it, maybe it was the same type of people that released the Foley scandal info that the FBI and 2 Florida papers had been holding onto for over a year.

    Comment by Paul — November 2, 2006 @ 5:52 pm

  12. Folks—My eyes have GLAZED OVER this stupid side-issue/side-show. Let’s move on.

    Comment by penn yan pepper — November 3, 2006 @ 3:22 am

  13. Good point, penn yan pepper.

    COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THIS POST.

    Comment by theruralpatriot — November 3, 2006 @ 7:50 am


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