Friday, December 14, 2007

Chichester Assembles The Full Adams

"I deserve a raise. I deserve to be paid more." - Sen. Eric L. Adams

*A link that can be e-mailed to family and friends interested in their New York state government as an early Christmas present.

Senator Eric Adams Has A C-SPAN Caller Moment (8:08 a.m.)

The Official Biography Of Senator Eric Adams (8:54 a.m.)

Senator Show Me The Money (12:37 p.m.)

PROVOCATIONS: Mystifying Mitt

Why Governor Mitt Romney continues to be a leading contender for the Republican nomination is mystifying. If a political dynamic speaks to the troubled state of the Republican Party today, this could be it.

There are states where election as a statewide official, especially Governor, can automatically disqualify a Republican from being competitive in a presidential primary. Massachusetts is supposed to be such a state.

Today, Massachusetts Democrats hold all six statewide offices, all 12 seats in Congress and 7-to-1 majorities in both chambers of the state Legislature. It's so difficult for a Republican to get elected to office in Massachusetts that the party did not contest 130 of 200 seats in its Legislature last year. Even the ideological fringe members of the Green-Rainbow Party fielded more nominees for statewide office (four).

Romney was a Massachusetts liberal when he ran for Governor in 2002 and the U.S. Senate in 1994. Massachusetts elects Massachusetts liberals. It's that simple. Romney understands this political reality and has effectively courted the conservative base by ridiculing the people who elected him.

Then-Governor Ronald Reagan didn't campaign for the presidency in 1976 and 1980 by mocking the Californians he represented for eight years. As he approached his 60th year, he also didn't undergo a near-total transformation in his political philosophy like Romney. Moreover, Reagan ran on his successes in California, particularly the tax issue. Romney barely even mentions his signature achievement as Governor: a health care law that Hillary Clinton could have written.

The raw politics also work against Romney in a potentially devastating way. There are flip-flops, and there are Romney-flops. On issue after issue that confront a president Romney's long history demonstrates he can have a vigorous debate with himself.

The Clinton and Obama campaigns likely have the playbook written on how to campaign against Romney. His Republican competitors obviously do not.

Despite being a Democrat campaign ad maker's dream candidate, however, Romney does exhibit one guiding political principle. Ambition. The word oftentimes is wrongly portrayed as a negative character trait in politics and elsewhere. It shouldn't. Ambition is good. But what gives it a negative connotation are candidates like Mitt Romney. He exudes a say anything mentality to win votes.

Yet, Governor Romney has remained competitive since his candidacy began, and has now won the endorsement of the venerable National Review. From now until the end of the campaign, I still won't understand the success of Romney's campaign or why many respected conservatives decided to support him.

Senator Show Me The Money, Cont.

Liz Benjamin of The Daily Politics has performed a great public service to the people of New York. She posted the video of Rod Tidwell Senator Eric Adams calling for a raise since he makes a measly $79,500. It is fall-down funny, especially the way he says "show me the money."

An excerpt from the Senator's remarks to his colleagues:

"Don't be insulted for yourselves. You should be insulted for your children. That you are not allowed to give your children an affordable, decent form of living because all of us know when we're up here, our children are down there. When we are in Albany, unlike the Post editorial, and the Buffalo editorial, when they go home and spend time with their children we're up here in Albany. Half the year, we don't see our families. And we are ashamed to say we deserve a raise. Well I'll be darned if I'm ashamed to say it. I deserve a raise. I deserve to be paid more."

This man is a blog gold mine. And some people say politics is boring.

The Official Biography Of Sen. Eric Adams

Following a distinguished 22-year career in the New York City Police Department, Rod Tidwell Eric L. Adams "traded in his blue uniform for a blue suit" on November 7, 2006.

As a Captain in the NYPD, Tidwell Adams became well-known to New Yorkers as a thoughtful, tireless advocate for his bank account the communities and people he served.

Always an outspoken advocate ("It's something very personal, a very important thing. Hell! It's a family motto. Are you ready Jerry? I wanna make sure you're ready, brother. Here it is: Show me the money. SHOW! ME! THE! MONEY! Jerry, it is such a pleasure to say that! Say it with me one time, Jerry!") he has testified before the U.S. Federal Human Rights Commission, at numerous New York City Council hearings, and in United States Federal Court.

An advocate and a partner throughout his years in public service ("Jerry Maguire ... How'm I doing? I'm sweating dude! I'm sweatin' my contract! I'm sweating Eliot Spitzer calling me, telling me I'm missing the big endorsements by being with you! THAT'S how I'm doing - I'm sweating dude!"), he has contributed both his passion and his unique community-based, criminal justice perspective to numerous issues.

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Sen. Eric Adams Has A C-SPAN Caller Moment

“We deserve a raise. I’m only a freshman and I’m already complaining.'’

Senator Adams stole the show at yesterday's special session. According to Joe Mahoney of The Daily News:

"Freshman Sen. Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn) argued vociferously that he and his colleagues also should be in line for a raise. 'Show me the money!' thundered Adams."

Senator Adams made a greedy Brooklyn spectacle of himself yesterday. You don't like your $79,500 salary Eric? Find a new job, which will allow you to stop embarrassing the New Yorkers you represent with childish and undignified rants on the Senate floor.

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