Early yesterday evening, when the election returns were just starting to roll in, it looked to me like the results were hewing pretty closely to the pattern of the Presidential contest two years ago. Well, I thought to myself (from my Democratic perspective), it’ll be a bad night, but not a really bad night. Nuh-uh. … Continue reading Ugh
This morning at 7:35am, I was proud to cast the 32nd vote in election district 11 at New Rochelle’s Barnard School. The big suspense in New York concerns control of the State Senate. Democrats are hoping to win enough seats to make Andrea Stewart-Cousins the new majority leader. Andrea happens to be my State Senator, … Continue reading Go Vote!
I don’t watch much TV — Game of Thrones, Top Chef on DVR. That’s about it. So I’ve been pretty disconnected from the ongoing campaign, which is playing out primarily in 30 second advertisements. Then the other day, I turned on the box for a few minutes. Whoa! Heated charges, ominous voice-overs, dire warnings that … Continue reading Bramson’s Election Musings – Part II: Viewer Guide
Congressman Michael Grimm (R-NY) is definitely a bully. He may be a crook. And, if the latest polls are accurate, he is about to reelected in a landslide by his conservative Staten Island district. Over the weekend, I visited my mother for lunch, and we got to talking about this. “How could people vote … Continue reading Bramson’s Election Musings – Part I: A Grimm Tale
I brought the boys to a political rally this morning. Governor Cuomo was in the area to rally the faithful. We also heard some strong rah-rah speeches from Kathy Hochul, Nita Lowey, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and George Latimer. It was a good event, and the crowd was fired up. The kids . . . not so … Continue reading Crowd Fired Up . . . Boys Bored Stiff
I got a pretty good seat at a lunch earlier this week honoring Congresswoman Nita Lowey. My chair was back to back with the familiar-looking blond woman in the foreground. I’m ready for Hillary.
This week, I was invited to be the Democratic talking head on RNN’s political roundtable. Here’s video from one segment (I’m on at about 4:45): I haven’t done this kind of thing before, and it was fun, even though the format requires you to dial up the partisanship. One of the other panelists, Bill O’Reilly, … Continue reading This Was Fun
We’re lucky to have great Congressional representatives in Westchester. But the institution of Congress as a whole? Not so much. Everybody hates it. (Well, technically not everybody – Congress does have a 16% approval rating in the latest poll.) Except for committed partisans, most folks would probably offer a similar explanation for their disgust: Congress … Continue reading Center(?) – Right
Back in high school, the Model Congress program was the unrivaled focus of my extra-curricular activities and had a pretty big impact on my decision to enter public life. So when I was invited to say a few words at the opening session of the 50th annual New Rochelle High School Model Congress weekend – … Continue reading Mission Statement at Model Congress
Since last November’s election, I have pretty much steered clear of criticizing Rob Astorino. He beat me, fair and square, and negative commentary from the losing candidate, even if justified on the merits, invariably comes across as sour grapes. But I really can’t refrain from pointing out this article describing the County Executive’s campaign stop … Continue reading Showing True Colors on Guns