New York's Conservative Party is doing what it can to help out its candidate for U.S. Senate, Wendy Long.
The group reported spending $24,000 today on robocalls to benefit Long, who overwhelmingly won the party's endorsement earlier this year.
At an endorsement event for Wendy Long this morning, three Republicans and a Conservative insisted Paul Ryan would be a helpful counterpoint to Democrats up and down the ballot.
"We need reform, Ryan has put together a plan that does just that," said congressman Bob Turner, who was there to offer his official endorsement of Long, and was joined by Republican chairman Ed Cox and Conservative Party chairman Mike Long.
"Is it a bitter pill? Well, we'll let the survivors decide.
A few dozen donors descended on former Manhattan County chair Jennifer Saul's home last night for Representative Bob Turner's first proper fund-raiser since becoming a Senate candidate two weeks ago.
Wendy Long coasted to the New York State Conservative Party's U.S. Senate nomination today, with the strong backing of the state chairman Mike Long, who's made no secret of the fact that he thinks running a tough woman against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand gives his side the best chance in an uphill battle.(6)
The circumstances aren't special anymore, but Bob Turner still sees a 'fair shot' running statewide against Gillibrand
The coalition that gathered at the Roma View Restaurant in Howard Beach six months to celebrate the upset victory of congressman-elect Bob Turner included former Mayor Ed Koch, who supported Turner over the Democrats to "send a message" to President Obama about Israel, and New York State Conservative Party chair Mike Long, who said it was about spending and jobs.
"I am telling you," said Turner, more subdued than the rest, when he finally took the stage that night. "I am the messenger. Heed us. This message will resound for a full year. It will resound into 2012."
Now, with his congressional district slated for elimination in the redistricting process, Turner, a 70-year-old retired cable executive, is seeking the Republican nomination to run for U.S. Senate against Kirsten Gillibrand. But neither Koch nor Long is with him this time.
Conservative Party chairman Mike Long said the party was unlikely to back Representative Bob Turner's newly-announced campaign against U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, given the support that has already been drummed up by Wendy Long, a former clerk to Clarence Thomas who announced her candidacy last month.(1)
On Thursday night, at the Manhattan G.O.P.'s annual Lincoln Day Dinner, attorney Wendy Long made her first public appearance as an announced candidate for U.S. Senate.
"I am here to pledge a full-hearted campaign to win our nomination and defeat Kirsten Gillibrand in November," she told the partisan crowd of approximately 150 in a small upstairs ballroom at the National Republican Women's Club on East 51st Street.(2)
It's not news that Staten Island is a long way from Manhattan, culturally. But the two big standing ovations at the opening of the Staten Island Republican Party's new headquarters on Saturday afternoon were like something out of an alternate universe.(4)