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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Is Jon Corzine A U.S. Senator?

Jon Corzine has apparently decided to run his campaign for Governor of New Jersey as a political outsider. This requires pretending he is not a U.S. Senator and that he has not played a major role in New Jersey state politics.

The Corzine strategy also requires pretending that Doug Forrester is not a private citizen and that from time to time Mr. Forrester votes in Washington and Trenton.

Roberto points us to this article in Newsday:

Seeking to gain traction among senior citizens, Democratic Sen. Jon S. Corzine's gubernatorial campaign on Monday linked his GOP opponent to a Bush administration plan for prescription medicine that has critics predicting disaster for the elderly.

The new program, sponsored by Republicans, pushed by President Bush, and supported by candidate Doug Forrester, is designed to help low-income seniors meet spiraling drug costs. It goes into effect Jan. 1.
Just a couple of points the Newsday article failed to mention:

1. The Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit is voluntary - no one is forced to participate in the plan.

2. Senator Jon Corzine voted in favor of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit bill.

3. Senator Frank Lautenberg voted in favor of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit bill.

4. Doug Forrester is not a member of the U.S. Senate. He lives and works in New Jersey as a private citizen.

We assume both Senators Corzine and Lautenberg voted in favor of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit because the national and state AARP organizations supported the plan. The Newsday article provides the following quote:

"We supported it because it really does help people with catastrophic drug costs," said Marilyn Askin, president of the state AARP.
To sum up, Senator Corzine is trying to scare senior citizens into believing, a voluntary prescription drug benefit that he personally supported with his vote in the U.S. Senate, which is supported by AARP, will be a disaster and it’s all Doug Forrester’s fault.

Why does Newsday peddle this nonsense?


At 12:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This requires pretending he is not a U.S. Senator?" I can go so many ways with this: 1) he was already doing a great job at that; 2) this is actually pretty easy to visualize; 3) the technical difficulties of having Hellen Keller do your press releases.

At 12:43 PM, Anonymous NJCONS said...

Newsday is part of the MSM Right?

At 3:04 PM, Blogger Eric Blair said...

Newsday are a bunch of hacks. Period.

At 8:48 AM, Blogger DBK said...

Is Forrester a candidate or is Corzine the only one in this race? I guess you write about Corzine exclusively because Forrester is an empty suit, a tool of the Bush administration, and the pet rock of the pharmaceutical industry.

Or does your guy even have a position on anything? I mean, does he have one that hasn't already been taken apart by his fellow candidates in the Republican primaries?

At 1:04 PM, Blogger DBK said...

I just went to the Forrester site to see what his positions are. I wanted to make sure that what I said in this thread previously wasn't wrong and see if he had added something substantive to his site since I last visited.

I was dead on. The entire site is like your blog: attack Jon Corzine, a man who was elected by a majority of New Jerseyans to the US Senate, and don't say a word about Forrester, who was rejected in his Senate campaign by a majority of New Jerseyans. When he ran for Senate, Forrester had a golden opportunity. Torricelli, his opponent, had to drop out of the race because of a scandal shortly before the election. His replacement was Frank Lautenberg. With a mere weeks of campaigning, Forrester was defeated.

Is that why he's now in hiding? Is that why you can barely find his name mentioned on HIS OWN CAMPAIGN WEB SITE? EMBARASSMENT?

And you continue that tactic with a full-on "all attacks, all the time" blog.

Gotta hand it to you, though. If my candidate were an empty suit I'd talk about the other guy all the time too.

At 10:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remind you that the Democrats again used the liberal courts to overturn a law and allowed Lautenberg on the ballot, they love to cry disenfranchised. Mayor Street's office was bugged and when the public found out they voted for him again, and he's honest for sure.


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