My House rep. is Louise Slaughter, and she's won handily in the last two elections about 75% to 25%.
This cycle, David Crimmen, apparently, is challenging her. What's unfortunate is it took me about 10 minutes using Google to figure out if Slaughter actually had an opponent, and if so, who he was.
Crimmen is someone I can get behind though. He's entire campaign site seems to be a Blogger-hosted blog with a handful of entries. I wish he had a more traditional campaign site (that I could actually use to send his campaign a few bucks). But, his post on the bailout is excellent:
This $700 Billion Dollar bailout is a slap in the face to both fair markets and the taxpayer. What is this number actually based on? “It’s not based on any particular data point,” a Treasury spokeswoman told Forbes.com. “We just wanted to choose a really large number.” This might be funny if it weren't so revolting. Then when Congress couldn't get the bill passed the first time they just loaded it up with billions in so-called "sweeteners". According to Bloomberg.com: "Senators attached a provision repealing a 39-cent excise tax on wooden arrows designed for children to an historic $700 billion financial-markets rescue that passed tonight by a vote of 74-25."
Not surprisingly New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D) whom Crimmen is challenging voted for the bill both times. Louise Slaughter may think that bigger government simply throwing money at the problem is the solution, but then again it's leadership like that that got us here. It's up to us to remember that come election day.
David: consider this post me throwing the tiny amount of pull my blog has behind your campaign. I'd love to see you take Slaughter's seat. The history of our district and your lack of much of a campaign don't leave me too optimistic though.