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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:15 PM
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Gillibrand's father is an Albany insider and lobbyist tied to Repub Bruno who was just indicted **
Edited on Sat Jan-24-09 02:35 PM by dkf
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/200...

A remarkably untimely cloud hangs over Governor David Paterson's apparent selection of Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand to replace Hillary Clinton as junior senator of New York.

Federal prosecutors, according to numerous news accounts, are poised to indict former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno and no one knows if that possible indictment will contain allegations about a real estate deal that involved Bruno and Gillibrand's father, Albany lobbyist and power broker Doug Rutnik.

What we do know is that prosecutors subpoenaed all the records of this complex transaction which, at the very least, raise stark ethical questions about Rutnik's awkward business relationship with a powerful public official he lobbied. No one familiar with Gillibrand's rapid political ascent would question the pivotal role that Rutnik has played in it, milking his wide-ranging political connections for his daughter.

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/200...

The irony is that Paterson may be swinging from the nation's most prominent Democratic family to one with strong Republican ties. Gillibrand's father, Doug Rutnik, is an Albany insider and lobbyist whose ties to former GOP powerhouses Joe Bruno, George Pataki and Al D'Amato are legendary.

In fact, Gillibrand won her seat when a state police domestic violence report about the GOP incumbent, John Sweeney, was mysteriously leaked, ostensibly with the acquiescence of the Pataki administration, which had its own reasons to oppose Sweeney.

Bruno is under federal investigation now, and some of the subpoenas in the case involved a real estate deal that partnered Rutnik with Bruno and another lobbyist.

Rutnik dated, and eventually lived with, a top Pataki and D'Amato aide for many years, until he broke up with her in 2006 to marry a cousin of his, Gwen Lee, who'd worked in high-paying state jobs secured by the same aide. Rutnik and D'Amato have been registered lobbyists for some of the same clients.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jax4m...

**Edited to add Bruno was indicted yesterday.

Former NY Senate leader Joseph Bruno indicted

By MICHAEL HILL 18 hours ago

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Joseph Bruno, the former majority leader of the New York Senate and for a time the most powerful Republican in state politics, was indicted Friday on federal corruption charges.

Bruno, who retired from the Legislature in July after more than a dozen years leading the Senate, is accused of using his position to steer contracts and grants to businesses that paid him a total of $3.2 million in consulting fees or other compensation from 1993 through 2006, and then covering his tracks.

Prosecutors said in one instance, Bruno solicited officials from several labor unions with interests before state government to hire an investment firm that paid him $1.3 million over a 12-year period.
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Muttocracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:17 PM
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1. Bruno was already indicted and I missed the part where she's involved? nt
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:32 PM
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4. You don't want to know her background and what she may be involved in?
Edited on Sat Jan-24-09 02:40 PM by dkf
I think its fascinating myself.

The irony is that now that she has replaced Hillary Clinton and is a NY Senator, I imagine there will be a brighter spotlight on her father and what role he played in helping her get elected.

I can't imagine it will make her or us look very good.
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Muttocracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:40 PM
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5. I want to know about HER background relative to this - not assume she is like her father or Bruno.
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:41 PM
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6. What if her father did get the report on Sweeney leaked in order to
get her elected?

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Muttocracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:42 PM
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9. Is there evidence it was her father? I've never heard a name attached, except what you cited
about the Pataki administration being happy to have it get out (not sure what their particular beef was with Sweeney).
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bottomtheweaver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:42 PM
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8. Who raised all that money for her election?
I read that it was one of he costliest US congressional races in history, and yet she was an unknown corporate lawyer with no political background EXCEPT her father.
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Muttocracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:45 PM
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10. both sides of her family, and she was a lawyer in NYC
so yeah, no doubt she had connections, and some unsavory ones too. Cuomo, Spitzer, Paterson, Caroline, it seems to be the norm. But to say she's linked to Bruno being indicted is a stretch.

Bruno is linked to nearly EVERYONE in NYS politics.
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Ichingcarpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:24 PM
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2. Why was Sen.D'Amato (r) at the press conference yesterday?

I couldn't figure that out. Didn't anyone else find that odd?





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Shiver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:29 PM
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3. He's an old man
Probably got lost on the way to bingo :hide:
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Muttocracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:41 PM
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7. Her father worked for/with D'Amato and she interned for him one summer
I don't know if that says something about her politics, or if it was because he was the NY senator at the time for the internship program she was in.

I don't like it, but don't know enough about the circumstances or what she did. If it was just a chance to see Congress and run the xerox machine, that's not the same as making policy.
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walkaway Donating Member (725 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:46 PM
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11. Patterson has basically appointed a republican to the Senate...
and a conservative one at that. Hopefully they will both be out of office on 2010 and real Democrats are in their seats.
This appointment is making me suspect of the Spitzer scandal and why the state republicans were so happy and chummy with Paterson. Maybe there is more to this.
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Muttocracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:51 PM
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12. you're calling her a conservative among Republicans?! nt
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walkaway Donating Member (725 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 03:08 PM
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13. compared to Olympia Snow and other moderate repugs? Yes!
She is against almost any sane restrictions on guns. She is against any sane solution to illegal immigration. Even John McCain is to her left on both those issues.

She is for privatizing social security. I what way is she liberal?? Please let me know.
Oh yeah, she suddenly decided she is pro gay marriage.

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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:15 PM
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16. You've got your facts wrong.
For starters, she's very loudly AGAINST privatizing Social Security. She's been pro-gay-marriage for a long while. And she's against gun bans, but she also helped pass a more comprehensive background check law. She's also in favor of Medicare for all, withdrawal from Iraq, has a 90% lifetime rating from the ACLU (compared to 73% for Clinton), supported lobbying reform, supported the requirement of warrants for FISA wiretapping... Contrary to your assumption that she's a conservative Republican, she's really a liberal pro-gun Democrat.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 03:52 PM
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14. off to the greatest -- she has d'amatos' backing --
why would dems have reason to be concerned?
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:44 PM
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15. she`s basically an old school liberal republican
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walkaway Donating Member (725 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:32 PM
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17. In New York State moderate republicans are simply fiscal conservatives
Her stand on gun control is so far right it's as if she is actually working for the NRA. This isn't about hunters with rifles, this is about keeping guns out of the hands of convicted criminals. How far right does someone have to be for you to consider them conservative?
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:26 PM
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18. moderate republican--- fiscal conservative-socially responsible...
anything other than those two i`d say conservative
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Rosa Luxemburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:30 PM
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19. it should have been Caroline
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book_worm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:31 PM
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20. And JFK's father was a bootlegger and alleged Nazi appeaser
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