GOP Convention Underway: Meet Your "Extreme" Candidates For Senate Right Here

New York's GOP convention kicked off today in Rochester, and state Dems are using the occasion to sling a little mud at the three Republican candidates for Senate -- and by "mud," we mean facts.

Three GOP hopefuls for the Senate seat held by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand are Manhattan attorney Wendy Long, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, and Congressman Bob Turner, who took the seat when Anthony Weiner left Congress in disgrace.

State Dems have determined that all three candidates are "extreme," and that the Party itself is in "total chaos and disarray."

"Extreme" may be a stretch -- all three candidates just seem like run-of-the-mill Republicans; none support gay marriage, all oppose abortion, and they each support tax cuts for the wealthy, according to Democratic Committee Chairman Jay Jacobs.

"Even for the New York State Republican Party, they are in total chaos and disarray this year in a never-ending search for a credible candidate that can match up with the enormously effective Senator Gillibrand," Jacobs says. "They are running on empty heading into a divisive primary of who can pander to the Tea Party the most over the coming months."

The Dems sent us over some dopey comments that each of the candidates have made over the years to help illustrate their point that they're all lunatics.

For example, this is how Long feels about gay marriage: "Who says I can't marry my mother? You and I love our dogs. Who says we can't marry our dogs? The rational, and it's not to cast any assertions or to discredit my mother or the dog. It's simply saying there are no principle distinctions. There's no principle distinction to why you and I and five other people can't get married. If we wanted to form a commune and say we are married" (Laura Ingraham via Denny Burke, 8/5/10).

As for her thoughts on "rights," Long says "Our rights come from God. They don't come from the state" (MSNBC, 9/14/05).

Well...god can't issue a pistol permit. Where do we get those, Wendy?

Here's Maragos' take on contraception and women's rights: "It has nothing to do with the health and well-being of women in this case. Contraception is readily available to everyone" (Capital Tonight, 2/20/12, see 1:15 min mark).

As for his thoughts on gay marriage, Maragos says "
Some people would even like to marry with their pets," worried that the legalization of gay marriage could also lead to the legalization of polygamy -- and apparently bestiality, too [The Island Now, 8/24/11].

Click here to read a story we did a few years ago about a self-described "zoosexual," who told us that while he loves sex with horses, he has no interest in marrying one. In other words, even people who are into that sort of thing don't always want to tie the knot with an animal.

Then there's the following foot-in-mouth moment from when Maragos discussed his previous attempt to run for Senate against Senator Chuck Schumer:
"It wasn't a serious attempt against Schumer. It was a reason to go around the state and visit county chairs" [City & State, 8/19/11].

As for Turner, only one of the quotes the Dems sent over inspired an instant face-palm (he's only been in office for a few months -- give him time), and, like Long, it has to do with divine authority.

"God makes the rules and we have to abide by them. That is in the Constitution. The Founding Fathers were all Christians and this is a Christian nation. That would be a good thing to teach our children. That is a yes. You are talking about religion as opposed to belief in God. You can teach that there is a creator of every- thing. That is woven into the fabric of our nation" [The Wave, 10/29/10].

There you have it, GOPers -- those are your options. Now go figure out who's the nuttiest and vote accordingly.

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I though the Tea Party was supposed to keep the GOP focused on economic matters and yet all their "best" candidates are flogging religion and "culture war" crap again. If they want to implode, let them implode.


I find it both interesting and very odd that a political party that says it wants government out of our personal lives. Well they seem to think that they some how know whats right for every one else! Like you said anti-gay marriage, oppose abortion, and support tax cuts for the weathy, and now thier putting thier intruive noses up our asses about if we have a right to birth control,and the right to protect ones self from diseases that can make you sick or kill you. Whats next, Herding us off to FEMA or other types of camps for thier idia of who is an unacceptable in thier eyes? The GOP, just like religion uses hatemongering and fear to work thier sheepish folds. When are WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE going to wise up and free our selves from these group of the god of lies, self-gratification at the cost of other. Selfserving, greedy, selfish, hateful, What god is the god of those attributes? Not the GOD of love, and thy brothers keeper.Not the GOD of Christ. Thier more like the very same kind that judged and murdered Christ. What a strange irony for us to so foolishly imbue into our hearts and souls. GOD knows your selfserving motive. Fool thy self not! Fear is a sin! It meens that you do not trust in GOD allknowing and allpowerful to protect you. You give the fear the power, or you think what fearful things have the power. I often wonder what would be, if the day after 911 we all fell to our knees and asked GODfor forgivenuss and protection from our enemies. What goes around, it comes around. And we are loseing, deep with in our selfs.


Interesting.  It is now nuts to believe in God.  Whoever wrote this article is an idiot.

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Mr. King never said it was nuts to believe in God.

It is nuts to take it to the extreme and think that God owns and maintains all, don't you think?


Of course not.  Look around you at the beauty all around you.

Do you really think all of creation happened just by accident?  the more you look at the intricacy of both tiny things and large things, the more awe it should engender.

You would not be here if God did not permit it.  We always have to be very thankful for all that we have.   Just about the best prayer I know is "Thank you,God."  I don't say it enough.

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