Shelly Silver: I Acted In “Best Interest” Of Gropez Victims

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver maintains that he believes that he’ll be cleared of any wrongdoing in the Vito Lopez sex debacle, during which the speaker signed off on more than $100,000 in taxpayer funded hush money to sweep allegations of sexual misconduct against Lopez under the rug.

He also claims that he “acted in the best interests” of the several victims of Lopez’s alleged pervy-ness — which, New York GOPers say, is laughable.

Further reading on the Silver/Lopez scandal:

Vito Lopez In Sex And The Assembly: How To Sweep A Scandal Under The Rug

Vito Lopez’s Pervy-ness Cost Taxpayers $103,000 — Thanks To Shelly Silver

Gloria Allred, NOW Have Shelly Silver In Sights Over Hush Money

Here’s The Letter Shelly Silver Sent Assemblyman Vito Lopez

Here’s what Silver told the Buffalo News on Tuesday:

“I am confident that, in the end result, JCOPE will find that we acted in the best interests of the victims in good faith pursuant to the law,” Silver told The Buffalo News in an interview at the Capitol on Tuesday.

New York State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox, however, says that the pesky facts of the case don’t exactly support Silver’s claims that he “acted in the best interests” of the victims.

Here’s a statement issued by Cox yesterday:

“Speaker Silver, it is reported that the settlement agreement required that the VICTIMS pay a $10,000 fine if they publicly disclosed the settlement.  If true, this fact alone shreds your defense.

“If you were concerned for the victims, why did you fail to report the assaults to the Assembly Ethics Committee, as your Assembly rules required, with the result that a serial sex abuser struck additional victims? And why have you failed to take responsibility for these victims?

“And why did the reported official misconduct of disguising payments to victims as for “legal services,” happen?

“Speaker Silver, your stated defense is in tatters, and there are unanswered questions which carry ethical and criminal liabilities.”

As we reported earlier this week, GOP Assemblyman Steve Katz sent a letter to his Assembly colleagues urging them to not vote for Silver for another term as speaker. But it probably won’t do any good — Shelly Silver’s still Shelly Silver.


NY GOP’s Post-Election Memo: Hispanic Voters Exist

The New York State Republican Party put out its post-election memo over the weekend and — after blaming President Obama for the ills of the world (and the NYS GOP) — Chairman Ed Cox echoed what political experts have been saying since Tuesday (and we’ve been saying for the last five years): Republicans need to embrace Hispanic voters.

For the most part, the memo is NYS GOP Chairman Ed Cox’s campaigning to keep his job — we got a copy, and Cox points to”some” local victories, but blames failures in local races on the large number of voters who turned out for President Obama. He makes no mention, however, of the party’s unpopular positions on many social issues — like abortion, immigration, and gay marriage — that often make Republicans look like hateful, bible-beating dopes (ref: Todd Akin).

“President Obama’s vote share of 63% in New York was the 4th highest
nationwide, behind the liberal small state triumvirate of Hawaii,
Vermont and Rhode Island. But significantly, Obama’s vote share in New
York was greater than in any other large blue state, including
Massachusetts (60%), California (59%), Connecticut (58%), New Jersey
(58%) and Illinois (57%),” Cox says in the memo.

“President Obama’s strong performance hurt our down-ballot candidates.
Two of our incumbent Congresswomen were defeated, and two congressional
challengers lost very close races.”

But after laying out the
blame, Cox explains how to move forward, which includes establishing
better coalitions with minority groups — specifically Hispanics.

message can resonate in these communities,” Cox says. “In 2004, George
W. Bush won 45% of the Hispanic vote. In 2012, Mitt Romney won only

But Republicans blew their chances with Hispanics well before the 2012 election.

2001, the bi-partisan DREAM Act was introduced into Congress by
senators Dick Durbin and Orrin Hatch. If you’re unfamiliar with the
bill, it provided Hispanic kids a pathway to citizenship through
education of military service. Basically, if you’re a good kid who gives
back to the community (read: the kinds of people we want to keep here),
but you’re an illegal immigrant — in most cases by no fault of your
own — you can work your way to citizenship.

But right-wing border bullies blocked the bill — and continued to block the bill for the next 10 years.

are the largest emerging voting bloc in the entire country. So it only
seems logical — if for nothing other than self-preservation — that a
political party might want to embrace Latinos and go out of its way to
reach a reasonable compromise to the broken immigration system.

DREAM Act is about as reasonable a first step as it gets — it’s
designed to give kids, who in many cases were brought to America when
they were babies, a chance at citizenship. If nothing else, it’s an
incentive program to persuade immigrant kids to become successful. As it
stands, an illegal immigrant can achieve a PhD, but still be forced to
go back to a country they barely know. In other words, why bother
working hard when at any point you can get booted across the border.

Republicans pissed away their opportunity to win over Hispanics by
repeatedly voting down the DREAM Act — and now they’re gonna have to
pay for it with four more years of Obama.

Kudos to the GOP for
finally recognizing that Hispanic voters exist — it only took the
crushing blow of Tuesday night. Unfortunately for the GOP, it might be
too late.

See Cox’s full memo below.

MEMO: Where We Are and Where We’re Going

FROM: The New York Republican State Committee

DATE: November 9, 2012

While Tuesday’s results were disappointing, New York Republicans did win some key
elections, including defeating an incumbent Democratic Congresswoman in western
New York and winning the Supervisor of Brookhaven in Suffolk County.   We will continue
growing our party from the ground up in local elections in 2013 as we look forward
to a successful midterm election cycle in 2014.

Election Night 2012

New York is a deep blue state: President Obama’s vote share of 63% in New York was
the 4th highest nationwide, behind the liberal small state triumvirate of Hawaii,
Vermont and Rhode Island.   But significantly, Obama’s vote share in New York was
greater than in any other large blue state, including Massachusetts (60%), California
(59%), Connecticut (58%), New Jersey (58%) and Illinois (57%),

President Obama’s strong performance hurt our down-ballot candidates. Two of our
 incumbent Congresswomen were defeated, and two congressional challengers lost very
close races.

But there was some good news out of our House races: five of our Republican incumbents,
Reps. Peter King, Michael Grimm, Chris Gibson, Richard Hanna and Tom Reed, are returning
to Congress. And Republican Chris Collins defeated a strong Democrat incumbent to
give us a congressional pickup.

Control of the New York State Senate will be decided over the coming weeks. We expect
to keep our majority and will continue to be a major fiscally responsible voice
in the governance of New York State. Once again, of the ten most Democratic states
in America, only one of their twenty state legislative houses is in Republican hands:
the New York State Senate. By contrast, California just elected a two-thirds Democratic
majority in both its houses, as California continues its profligate tax and spend

Before the 2010 elections, we held only two congressional seats and had no majority
in the state legislature. We now hold six congressional seats and potentially a
continuing majority in the State Senate, as well as significant additional local

2013 and Beyond

As we did after the 2008 elections, we will continue to build the party from the
 bottom up.

As the Newsday headline read, “Obama wins nationally, Republicans win locally.”

Among our many local victories, Republicans Debbie Preston, Sandy Schepp, Ed Romaine
and Stefan Mychajliw won highly competitive races for Broome County Executive, Onondaga
County Clerk, Brookhaven Town Supervisor and Erie County Comptroller, respectively.
Each of these victories occurred in counties carried by President Obama.

Even though 2013 will be considered an “off year” election by the pundits, a number
of important elections will be taking place in New York State, including the New
 York City Mayoralty and County Executive races in key counties, including Rockland,
Westchester and Nassau.

We can then look forward to a great cycle in 2014, as the President’s party historically
fairs poorly in the midterm elections of a second term.

Furthermore, Obama’s slim win and, as even Bob Woodward recently noted, his weak
 history of leadership in the context of our ongoing economic crisis, could set
up an extraordinary midterm election for the party not in the White House. And with
20 Democratic Senators up for reelection in 2014 compared to only 13 Republicans,
Republicans will be in an especially strong position to retake the United States

Working with National Leaders

The New York Republican State Committee has developed excellent working relationships
with all the national committees, their leaders and staff, including the RNC, Boehner
Trust, NRCC, NRSC, RGA and RSLC.

Over the last election cycle, Speaker Boehner came to New York seven times and campaigned
with Chairman Cox in nine congressional districts. The Speaker’s office conceived,
and together with the State Party, financed and implemented our victory programs,
which provided the margin of victory in not only some of our congressional races,
but also in many of our down ballot races.  Through our 13 Victory Centers that
reached every corner of the state, over 1,500 volunteers made 1.46 million phone
 calls and knocked on over 84,000 doors. Nearly 6 million pieces of mail were distributed
in support of our Congressional candidates.

Coalitions Building

The State Party has established coalitions in a number of communities, including
 the Hispanic, African-American, Asian, Indian and young professionals communities.

Under the purview of our Coalitions Director, these networks, in close consultation
with the State Party, direct outreach, communication, and organization of Republicans
within their respective communities on a statewide basis.

Our message can resonate in these communities: in 2004, George W. Bush won 45% of
the Hispanic vote. In 2012, Mitt Romney won only 27%.

As a national center for many ethnic groups, New York has been ahead of the game:
our networking and outreach success here can be a model for other Republican organizations
in the future.


While Tuesday’s results were disappointing, New York Republicans can look forward
to successful election cycles in 2013 and 2014.

We will continue to grow the party by working with party leaders nationally and
expanding our network of coalitions here in New York.

The Republican Party in New York will continue to be a growing force for personal
and economic freedom, job growth, lower taxes, less spending, limited government,
local control and a strong national defense.


“My Job Is Fucked”: NY Republicans Respond to Four More Years of “Obamunism”

New York Republican Party chairman Ed Cox started last night’s “victory party” in a ballroom at the Westin Grand Central hotel in midtown by assuring the roughly 300 attendees that he was confident that Mitt Romney would be the country’s next president.

By the end of the night, Cox looked like someone shit in his cereal — and he wasn’t the only one.

In the roughly four hours we spent celebrating a nonexistent victory
with the state’s GOP, we watched the mood go from jovial (read: tipsy)
to hopeful to worried. By 10:30 p.m., as it became clear that securing
the must-win states of Florida and Ohio for Romney was out of the
question, New York’s Republicans acted like teenage drama queens.

“My job is fucked,” one woman sobbed into a cell phone.

we asked her what she did for a living — thinking that she’s probably a
healthcare worker who might feel the wrath of the implementation of
Obama care — she responded, “I’m a manager at a hotel.”

Another man explained that he was “reluctant to call [Obama] evil,” but he leaves “aborted babies suffering in the sheets.”

then summed up the impending loss by claiming that “the Dems have a
better ground game — a get-out-the-vote game — than we do.”

Of course! It’s not unpopular policies — barging their way into people’s
bedrooms by telling gay people they can’t get married, or pissing off Hispanics (the largest emerging voter bloc in the
entire country) by failing to embrace comprehensive immigration-reform measures like the DREAM Act — that doomed Romney, it’s the lack of a “ground game.”

Another woman screeched that she doesn’t “understand how an unqualified person can be president — and he wins again!”

Must be the ground game.

other observations from last night’s “victory party” include the
following: failed Senate candidate Wendy Long gave a concession speech.
But only about 20 people heard it — as she admitted defeat, the
majority of the attendees were sipping drinks and barely paying
attention. Missouri Senate candidate Todd “legitimate rape” Akin’s
inevitable defeat was no skin off the ass of New York Republicans —
there was barely a “sigh” as Fox News reported the loss. Even New York’s
right-wingers seem to think Akin’s an asshole.

The most apparent
observation we made during last night’s party was the lack of color —
and we’re not talking about the decorations. We counted approximately
nine black people. Nine. In New York City.

Just prior to Romney’s
concession speech, Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer appeared
on Fox News and said the following: “Republicans need to rethink how they address Hispanics.”

while the missed opportunity to embrace Hispanic voters probably led to
Romney’s only receiving about 30 percent of the Hispanic vote, that’s
just part of the problem Republicans must address before they try their
hand at national politics again.

GOP candidates could appeal to much of
mainstream America when it comes to economic and foreign policies. And
according to a lot of the polling taken before the election, they did.
But then idiots like Akin start talking about things like “legitimate
rape” and how a couple of dudes who love each other shouldn’t be
allowed to tie the knot because a fictitious book written thousands of
years ago says so.   

The hateful stupidity of the GOP’s social policies distracts from legitimate issues — and that’s why Mitt Romney lost last night.

But what do we know? It was probably just the “ground game.”


Mitt Romney’s Partying With Kid Rock Tonight; NY GOP Outrage Nonexistent

New York Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox has spent a good chunk of this election season kvetching about the amount of time President Barack Obama has spent hobnobbing with celebrities.

But when Cox’s horse in this year’s presidential race parties with celebs, the chairman’s outrage is nonexistent — as is the case today, when Mitt Romney has scheduled some chill time with rocker Kid Rock and country music star Rodney Atkins.

Romney and his running mate, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, are scheduled to attend an event tonight in Colorado. In attendance will be Mr. Rock and Atkins.

We contacted the GOP to see if Cox is as critical of Romney’s partying with celebs as he is of Obama’s. Surprise, surprise, there is no such outrage.

From GOP spokeswoman Becky Miller:

“President Obama has held more fundraisers during the last four years, than any President prior. His administration has made it a point to exploit his celebrity endorsements and donors, making them co-chairs of his campaign and having them cut television commercials on his behalf – most recently Eva Longoria and Scarlett Johansson. Rather than answer tough questions from actual reporters about his failed economic policies and dismal foreign policy, President Obama has spent his time answering questions from Entertainment Tonight, People Magazine, and David Letterman. With unemployment at 7.8%, 23 million Americans unemployed or underemployed, 47 million Americans on food stamps, and 16 Trillion in debt, President Obama should focus a little more on finding the American people jobs, rather than save his own.”

Granted, Romney doesn’t have nearly as much celebrity backing as the president, but we seem to recall an old saying about stones and glass houses.


NY GOP Wants Investigation Into Rep. Steve Israel’s Sketchy Mortgage “Bailout”

The New York Post ran an “exclusive” story yesterday suggesting that Long Island Congressman Steve Israel’s 2008 support of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) for financially strapped banks is the reason he was granted a “bailout” on the mortgage for his Dix Hills home.

The bank that holds Israel’s mortgage — and approved the “bailout” for his mortgage — is J.P. Morgan Chase, which received $25 billion from the federal government as part of the Israel-approved bank bailout.

Obviously, this arrangement has led to a few questions for the Democratic lawmaker — and New York Republicans are pouncing on the story, calling on the House Ethics Committee to investigate Israel’s shady arrangement.

“The Congressman has taken advantage of his position to qualify for a debt reduction that is supposed to be reserved for hard working families that are experiencing a financial set back,” New York GOP Chairman Ed Cox says. “It is not for a congressman that wants to avoid his obligations and a personal financial loss.”

The Post story outlines how Israel and his wife, Family Court
Judge Arlene Budd, bought their seven-room home for $580,000 in 2004.
It’s now valued at $553,000.

Israel, however, managed to “wiggle”
out of roughly $100,000 he owes the bank, leaving J.P. Morgan Chase on
the hook for what should be Israel’s $93,000 loss.

From the Post:

Israel’s financial statement shows he has a separate mortgage and
home-equity loan valued at between $250,000 and $500,000 on a second
residence — an apartment he owns in Washington.

“I don’t
understand how he [Israel] is eligible for this program when numerous
other homeowners are struggling and are not being given this same
opportunity,” said Grace Slezak, owner of Destiny International Realty.

my professional opinion,” the 26-year real-estate vet said, “I don’t
see how he would qualify for this; it appears highly irregular.”

says there’s the possibility that the deal is the result of Israel’s
abusing his power as a sitting congressman who approved the bank

“On the surface it appears that [Israel] would not
qualify for such a reduction, so we ask that the House ethics committee
investigate the circumstances that surround what looks to be a highly
questionable transaction and an potential abuse of power,” Cox says.


Obama Back in New York To Hobnob With Jay-Z; GOP Pissy (Redux)

President Barack Obama will be back in the Big Apple to hobnob with celebrities, and — per usual — the state’s Republicans are pissy about it.

The “fundraiser in chief” will be in Manhattan tonight, where he will party with Jay-Z and Beyoncé at a $40,000-a-person fundraiser at the rappers 40/40 Club.

New York Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox is using the occasion to slam the president over the current unemployment numbers, and note that “Obama snubs [Benjammin] Netanyahu” to party with Jay-Z instead.

“Against this backdrop, Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu asked Barack Obama for
a meeting,” Cox says. “Obama turned down the request from the leader of
America’s closes ally in the Middle East. Instead, the President of the
United States will be hobnobbing with Jay-Z and Beyonce at a
$40,000-per-person, 100-person fundraiser at the swank 40/40 Club –
that’s a cash haul of $4 million for the President.”

See Cox’s entire statement below:

again, we’re happy to welcome President Obama back to New York State,
where our unemployment rate (9.1%) is a full point above the national

America and the world are in crisis: unemployment is still high, our
national debt has topped $16 trillion, our embassies are burning and
Iran is closer than ever to becoming a nuclear nation.

Against this backdrop, Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu asked Barack Obama for a meeting.

Obama turned down the request from the leader of America’s closes ally in the Middle

Instead, the President of the United States will be hobnobbing with Jay-Z and Beyonce
at a $40,000-per-person, 100-person fundraiser at the swank 40/40 Club – that’s
a cash haul of $4 million for the President.

Put another way, Obama will leave New York with $4.68 for every one of our state’s
unemployed workers.

America needs a President more interested in the status of our allies abroad and
 our unemployed at home than in partying with celebrities: America needs Mitt Romney
in the White House.”


NY GOP Compares Coverup Of Vito Lopez’s Pervy-ness To Penn State Scandal

If the many, many allegations of sexual misconduct are true, shamed Assemblyman Vito Lopez is a dirty, dirty old man — he tells female staffers not to wear bras, shoves his hands up their skirts, etc.

The coverup of the disgraced pol’s alleged actions by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver are equally slimy. But is it as bad as the coverup at Penn State? Where administrators failed to do anything about the countless claims of sexual abuse of children by serial pedophile Jerry Sandusky? Because that’s what New York Republicans are now comparing it to.

Comparing an alleged filthy old man to an even filthier old man seems like a bit of a stretch — Lopez is just a pervert, while Sandusky is straight-up evil. But state GOPers aren’t comparing perverts, they’re comparing coverups, which seems to be a somewhat valid comparison.

Silver — for what the GOP claims is now the third time — tried to
sweep the charges against Lopez under the rug by secretly ponying up
more than $100,000 in taxpayer money to payoff alleged victims in exchange for their silence.

“Mr. Silver is as guilty of covering up sex crimes in Albany as Penn
State administrators were of ignoring the deplorable crimes that
occurred there, but not a single Democrat in the state has called on him
to step aside,” New York Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox says. “At
least three times, Speaker Silver has chosen to circumvent the criminal
justice system upon learning of sexual offenses by his close Democratic
colleagues, offering hush-money pay-offs instead. Well, it’s three
strikes and you’re out.”

Forget Lopez’s pervy-ness for a minute, and let’s remember Silver’s handling of past allegations of
sexual misconduct, including those against his former chief counsel J.
Michael Boxley.

In 2001, a young female staffer accused Boxley of sexually assaulting
her in his apartment. Rather than go to police, she opted to pursue the
matter through the Assembly, which turned out to be a mistake.

The investigation into Boxley was soon closed, and he remained on Silver’s staff as if nothing ever happened.

Two years later, Boxley pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct — in a
sweetheart deal that kept him out of jail — for an attack on a
different woman. Then, in 2006, Silver and the Assembly agreed to pay
$500,000 to a Jane Doe because the speaker failed to properly
investigate the initial accusations and for “tolerating a culture of
sexual harassment in the Assembly.”

In both Lopez’s and Boxley’s cases, it seems the second wave of
attacks could have potentially been avoided if the two men didn’t think
they had Silver in their pockets to sweep the matters under the rug.

Similarly, Sandusky was allowed to continue to abuse children because officials at Penn State tried to coverup the abuse — rather than report it to authorities — when they first learned of it in 2001.

Cox’s assertion that Democrats have been silent on the issue isn’t
entirely accurate — Democratic Assembly candidate Frank Commisso Jr.
has said he won’t support Silver for another term as speaker.
just has to get elected first.

Other Dems, however — including Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a
leading voice in the Democratic mantra that Republicans have declared
“war on women” — refuse to even discuss the powerful speaker’s role in
covering up the allegations against Lopez.

If you ask us, there’s a reason for their collective silence: they’re
terrified of Silver. Another way to put it: they’re cowards.


New York GOP Owes Assemblyman Vito “Gropez” Lopez A Thank You For His Alleged Pervy-ness

New York Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox has issued three statements in the past 24 hours — which is three more than he’s issued in the past two weeks — each of which references shamed Democratic Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s pervy-ness.

In each statement, Cox seems outraged that Lopez allegedly is a dirty, dirty old man who sexually harasses his young, female staffers. But Cox shouldn’t be outraged, he should be elated — Lopez has single-handedly provided New York Republicans a somewhat valid response to Democratic claims that the GOP is waging a “war on women.”

For example, what does Lopez’s pervy-ness have to do with Syracuse Mayor and state Democratic co-chair Stephanie Miner? Not a whole lot — but that’s not gonna stop Cox from attempting to link Lopez’s pervy-ness to some “incendiary” remarks made by the mayor.

Further reading on Lopez’s pervy-ness:

Vito Lopez In Sex And The Assembly: How To Sweep A Scandal Under The Rug

Vito Lopez’s Pervy-ness Cost Taxpayers $103,000 — Thanks To Shelly Silver

Gloria Allred, NOW Have Shelly Silver In Sights Over Hush Money

Here’s The Letter Shelly Silver Sent Assemblyman Vito Lopez

During a speech at a Democratic rally in Syracuse last week, Miner called the Republican party “a party of hatred that wraps up their
hatred in clever 30-second sound bites” while bashing the party on issues like abortion and gender equality under the Democratic narrative
that the GOP hates women.

There’s an old saying about stones and glass houses, the spirit of which Cox immediately pounced on.

“Syracuse Mayor and state Democratic co-chair Stephanie Miner’s divisive attack on Republicans yesterday, calling the GOP ‘a party of hatred that wraps up their hatred in clever 30-second sound bites,’ is completely unacceptable and should not be tolerated, especially considering the circumstances,” Cox says in a statement.

The statement goes on to say, “Miner’s harsh attack on Republicans follows the recent sexual harassment settlement scandal involving Democrats Vito Lopez and Sheldon Silver.”

In another statement, issued today, Cox again brings up Lopez’s pervy-ness to deflect charges that the Republican Party is
anti-women — he even adopted the Dems’ “war on women” mantra.

“It is deeply disappointing that New York Democrats in Charlotte, like U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, have remained utterly silent about the attempted sexual assault cover-ups perpetrated by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Indeed, Mr. Silver is serving as the head of the New York delegation at the Democratic National Convention, without a peep from Ms. Gillibrand or her fellow delegates. That is an embarrassment to our state.

“While Ms. Gillibrand has continued to promulgate the term ‘War on Women,’ it appears the only ‘War on Women’ in Albany is against female Assembly staff members.

“Mr. Silver has established a clear pattern of covering up sexual crimes committed against female staff members by his political colleagues. He must not be allowed to remain Speaker. I urge New York Democrats — especially those like Ms. Gillibrand, who purport to stand up for women, to join me in calling on Mr. Silver to step aside as Speaker.

“Continued silence from the Democratic delegation in Charlotte is unacceptable.”

The outrage — as phony as it may seem — is adorable, and all, but let’s be honest: Vito Lopez being a huge pervert is probably one of the
best things that’s happened to Ed Cox in a long, long time.


New York Republicans Continue To Whine About Barack Obama Running For President. In Related News, The Sun Came Up Today

President Barack Obama will be in town tonight to attend a fundraising event to raise money for his ongoing presidential campaign — because, well…he’s running for president, and attending fundraisers is what people running for president do.

Obama’s doing what everyone who’s ever run for president before him have done is so offensive to the New York State Republican Party that every time Obama comes to town, its chairman, Ed Cox, is compelled to issue a long-winded statement about how the president should spend every waking second in Washington fixing the economy — and tonight is no different.

See Cox’s latest whiny rant below, and keep in mind that attending fundraisers is what people who run for president have to do — Mitt Romney’s been gallivanting across Europe for the past week raising as much money as he possibly can — and pissing off just about everyone in the process.

Fundraisers happen, Cox — get over it.


“Once again, we welcome President Obama to New York, where unemployment in both
New York City (9.6%) and New York State (8.9%) remains above the national rate.

“And once again, we wish the President were here to discuss job creation and economic
growth, but it appears he’s ‘got a lot on his plate,'” Cox said. “It’s been six
months since President Obama’s Jobs Council last met publicly – during which time
he’s attended well over 100 fundraisers and played 11 rounds of golf.

“Instead of focusing on creating jobs, the Campaigner-in-Chief is focused on saving
his own with a $40,000 per person fundraiser tonight at a ritzy Manhattan hotel.”
Cox continued, “And if that weren’t enough, tomorrow, Obama Crony-in-Chief, Valerie
Jarrett will hold another swanky fundraiser with “The Good Wife,” Julianna Margulies.

“Last week, President Obama remarkably claimed, “We tried our plan – and it worked,”
despite the fact that our economy grew at an anemic 1.5% last quarter. With more
than 23 million Americans out of work, underemployed, or given up looking for work
altogether, it is clear President Obama’s failed economic policies not only didn’t
work, they made matters worse.

“After four years of failed economic policies, trillions of dollars in new debt,
and massive government expansion and overreach, Americans are yearning for a President
who understands how a free-market economy works and who respects the small-business
owners and entrepreneurs who create jobs.

“Americans want a President who believes in an “opportunity society led by free
people and free enterprise,” not a President who belittles hardworking small-business
owners, telling them, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build it. Someone else
made that happen.”

“Americans want a President who will encourage opportunity and economic growth,
who will foster innovation and entrepreneurship, not a President who attacks the
risk takers and job creators who have help build this Country. Come November,
Americans will elect Mitt Romney as President.”


GOP Chairman Ed Cox Knows More About Chick Flicks Than Your Girlfriend Does (And He Can’t Stand Barack Obama)

If there are three things that New York GOP Chairman Ed Cox loves they’re puns, chick flicks, and more puns!

In his latest attack on President Barack Obama’s proclivity for partying with celebrities, the chairman issued a statement this afternoon bashing Bam over tonight’s fundraiser at the home of Sarah Jessica Parker. Vogue Editor-in-Chief/inspiration for the film The Devil Wears Prada Anna Wintour will be in attendance — which Cox apparently sees as an invitation to pack as many pop-culture, chick-flick-based puns into a single press release as humanly possible.

Cox’s statement comes under the headline “Carrie Bradshaw May Be ‘Doing Fine,’ But New Yorkers Know the Obama Economy is Not In Vogue.”


Cox’s statement includes the following (ahem) knee-slapper: “The devil may not wear Prada, but its certainly in the details.”

Read the full release below.


New York, NY…June 14, 2012 – Today, New York State Republican Party Chairman Ed
Cox commented on President Obama’s perpetual celebrity fundraising binge and failed
economic policies:

“Late last week, as unemployment rose to 8.2%, Campaigner-in-Chief Barack Obama
told us, ‘the private sector is doing fine.’ While Carrie Bradshaw may be ‘doing
fine,’ New Yorkers know the failed economic policies of Barack Obama are not in

“Tonight, as the President hobnobs with Sarah Jessica Parker and Anna Wintour at
an $80,000 plate fundraiser, 23 million Americans are either unemployed, underemployed,
or have stopped looking for work all together – reminding everyone how out of touch
President Obama truly is.

“President Obama’s failed economic policies have stifled job creation and stalled
economic growth, resulting in nearly half of recent college graduates being unemployed.
After more than three years of government overreach in every facet of our lives,
America need a President who understands how the private sector economy works, who
will cut taxes, reduce government spending, ease the regulatory burdens placed on
our job creators, and unleash the innovation and creativity of the American people.

“To paraphrase President Clinton, Governor Romney’s ‘sterling’ business and gubernatorial
executive background and message of ‘an opportunity society led by free people and
free enterprise,’ is a winning combination for a nation hungry for competent leadership
and a strong economy.”

The devil may not wear Prada, but its certainly in the details:

* 23 million Americans are unemployed, underemployed, or have stopped looking
for work.

* Unemployment rose to 8.2% in May and has been above 8% for forty straight

* Half of recent graduates either can’t find a job or must accept a job they
are overqualified for.

* Foreclosures have reached record levels during the Obama Administration.

* New business startups are at 30-year lows.

* The economy grew at an anemic rate of 1.9% in the first quarter of 2012