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Long Says 'Soul Mate' Kudlow Is 'Dead Serious' About Senate Run
New York Daily News ^ | January 29, 2010 | Elizabeth Benjamin

Posted on 02/02/2010 5:19:12 PM PST by presidio9

State Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long had a "real positive" dinner meeting with Larry Kudlow earlier this week and came away believing the CNBC host and supply-side economist is "dead serious" about considering a challenge to Sen. Chuck Schumer.

Long, who dined with Kudlow at his invitation at Nicola's on E 84th Street, said he had been tempted to call Kudlow himself after a Facebook page seeking to draft him into the Senate race was created. But he decided to wait it out and let the would-be candidate come to him, instead.

"I was tempted, but I've been down these roads too many times," Long said. "He called me and said: 'Look, I'd like to buy you dinner. I want to talk about what's taking place.'"

"I know him a long time," the chairman continued. "He's not a guy who just picks up the phone. That's not his MO. I'm going to be honest with you - he's dead serious about considering this."

Long said Kudlow seemed unfazed by the prospect of having to give up his TV show and seeing his personal troubles aired yet again. He said Kudlow reiterated the line about retiring Schumer being a "noble cause."

According to Long, Kudlow lives in New York City in an apartment that the chairman has actually visited (he didn't mention where it is located). He also has a house in Connecticut, where he was floated last year as a potential Senate candidate. Long wasn't sure where Kudlow is registered to vote; he said he didn't ask.

Despite his experience of seeing would-be candidates flirt with the idea of running on a third party line and ultimately decide against it, Long is allowing himself to get a little excited about the idea of "Kudlow for Senate".

"I consider myself a soul-mate, philosophically, of Larry," Long told me. "I only say that when someone hits all the right chords on issues, and he does."

"I just think he would be the right guy to run against Chuck Schumer, and in this climate, with his background, I think he would ignite national attention. He would be able to match him and raise a tremendous amount of money."

Long said Kudlow didn't give him any sort of timeline for making a decision about whether he'll get into the race. Kudlow is scheduled to meet tonight with state GOP Chairman Ed Cox, but he declined Long's invitation to speak at the Conservative Party's political action conference in Albany this weekend.

"I told him we'll stay in touch," Long said. "He's not ready to make any particular move at this stage of the game."


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: kudlow; larrykudlow; ny2010

1 posted on 02/02/2010 5:19:12 PM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9
I'll miss his Saturday morning radio show on WABC 770am. A small price to pay. It's time someone kicked snarky Schm*cky’s butt.
2 posted on 02/02/2010 5:26:30 PM PST by Mobties
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To: Mobties

I think he’s polling around 30% right now. Brown was way behind once too, but the left is so strong in NY that if he’s really serious about running everyone in the country is going to know that he got fired from Bear Stearns 15 years ago for being a coke head.


3 posted on 02/02/2010 5:29:45 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: presidio9

2010 is gonna be a Republican year.


4 posted on 02/02/2010 5:38:37 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: Mobties

BTW, ABC makes so many terrible decisions these days (I usually listen to 970AM) that if Larry quits I half expect them to replace them with that idiot “WHAT’SNEXT?WHAT’SNEXT?WHAT’SNEXT???” libertarian idiot that they have on Sunday Afternoon, but are too ashamed to identify on their website.


5 posted on 02/02/2010 5:39:08 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: presidio9
Obama has admitted freely in his ghost-written book to being a coke head. Don't think that will fly too far, esp in NY. Anyway, the possibility exists in NY to run on both the Conservative and Republican tickets, so he should definitely go for both parties' noms.
6 posted on 02/02/2010 5:39:17 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: presidio9
How sweet would it be to have someone with EXPERIENCE in the Senate...with the added bonus of defeating the worthless, gonad-less wonder Chuck Schumer!
7 posted on 02/02/2010 5:39:22 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: presidio9
I can visualize a bunch of Michiganders, to rent a bus and take it across Canada to NY and man the phones for Larry.

Man, what a financial gaint in the Kemp/Reagan mold in the Senate he would be. We need such a statesman to counteract the loons such as Franken.

8 posted on 02/02/2010 5:42:26 PM PST by taildragger (Palin/Mulally 2012)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

More importantly let’s hope for a conservative year.


9 posted on 02/02/2010 5:44:49 PM PST by cthemfly25
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To: presidio9

In a debate Schumer would never get a word in, just like Larry’s guests. Run Larry Run...


10 posted on 02/02/2010 5:50:49 PM PST by bleach (Sarah, Wake me in 2012)
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To: hinckley buzzard
Listen, I used to work with Larry at Bear, and he is friend. I will definitely be helping him in any way I can, but he is defintiely not a conservative. He became pro-life when he became a Catholic, but he is libertarian on a lot of other social issues. He was once an active Democrat, who was involved in several high-profile campaigns before he went to work for Reagan. What he is is the best Republican we are ever going to get out of NY. Back in the early 90's, when I spent a lot of time with him, I was positive that he was going to be the nation's first Jewish President, and that he would run as a centrist Democrat.

Obama may have used coke, but the usage didn't destroy his life. There is a saying in the recovery community that there is not faster elevator to a "bottom" than cocaine. Larry hit bottom at Bear and came out the other side a much better man. I honestly believe that's what happened, and that's how I would spin it if I were his campaign manager.

11 posted on 02/02/2010 5:50:55 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: cthemfly25
We have a young state senator who has announced for Bond's seat here in Missouri.
Chuck Purgason probably won't beat Congressman Roy Blunt for the job but he is just beginning to present his bone fides statewide.
Good luck, Chuck Purguson.
12 posted on 02/02/2010 6:05:30 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: presidio9

“for being a coke head”

Who’s perfect and what counts is what kind of person he is now.

Also, that can only help him in NY. :)


13 posted on 02/02/2010 6:12:15 PM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: taildragger

“Man, what a financial gaint in the Kemp/Reagan mold in the Senate he would be.”

It would be a dream come true!

He’s a fiscal conservative, prolife, and I think we should help him as much as we can. I’m from NY so I’ll be writing letters to the editor to help him.


14 posted on 02/02/2010 6:15:45 PM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: presidio9

Larry Kudlow is an idiot when it comes to illegals.

Larry Kudlow Apr. 4, 2006 National Review
Today’s low visa limit of only 140,000 has caused illegal flows to skyrocket. This must be changed. Tamar Jacoby of the Manhattan Institute estimates that U.S. labor-market conditions can absorb about 400,000 Mexican immigrants per year. This would balance labor supply-and-demand conditions and illegal immigration would plummet.

You can build a fence, but desperate Mexicans in search of economic opportunity will climb over it or tunnel under it. This is the reality. And by the way, our H-1B visa program for skilled workers, now at only 65,000, should be unlimited. We need all the scientists and engineers we can get.

Once these immigrants get here they work hard. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Hispanic unemployment is only 5.5 percent, compared to 4.8 percent overall.

As for the claim that illegal workers don’t pay taxes, Princeton professor Douglas Massey estimates that roughly two-thirds of undocumented immigrants pay the FICA payroll tax. Overall, illegals have fed $7 billion to Social Security and $1.5 billion to Medicare. They are contributing to our wealth, not reducing it.

And what do they take from the system? According to Forbes magazine, only 10 percent of illegal Mexicans have sent a child to an American public school and just 5 percent have received food stamps or unemployment benefits. A U-Cal Davis study also shows that more immigrant workers leads to more economic growth. This is standard economics. Multiply an enlarged workforce times existing productivity and you get more economic growth.

But for some reason, immigration opponents can’t make this connection. They are blinded by fear-mongering, defeatism, and pessimism.


15 posted on 02/02/2010 7:04:13 PM PST by tlozo
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To: presidio9

Kudlow would make a particularly good Senator for NY, seeing as he has so much knowledge about its major industry (financials, banking, Wall Street, etc.).

I think Kudlow’s expertise would be very helpful to the rest of the nation, too. SOMEONE in the decision process has to have some real-world, especially economic, experience -— Lord knows NO ONE in the Obambi administration knows next to nothing about jobs or the private sector.

And, of course, it would be not only delicious, but very helpful for the real state of the union, to bounce Schumer out on his lying butt.

More: http://www.draftkudlow.com


16 posted on 02/02/2010 7:26:55 PM PST by fightinJAG (Largest wing in future Obama Presidential Library will be devoted to Bush & Cheney)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

And all God’s people said “AMEN.”


17 posted on 02/02/2010 7:28:48 PM PST by fightinJAG (Largest wing in future Obama Presidential Library will be devoted to Bush & Cheney)
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To: presidio9
What he is is the best Republican we are ever going to get out of NY.

I think you have just hit upon the best way to say the most with the least amount of jawboning.

This ought to be our standard in EVERY race. I've made some long-winded arguments over many years here on FR on this very point, but your pithy caption on the scene says it all.

He's the best Republican we can get in this go 'round in NY, and he'd be an excellent source of economic knowledge to boot.

18 posted on 02/02/2010 7:31:58 PM PST by fightinJAG (Largest wing in future Obama Presidential Library will be devoted to Bush & Cheney)
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To: Sun

http://www.draftkudlow.com

This is the website the article references.


19 posted on 02/02/2010 7:33:18 PM PST by fightinJAG (Largest wing in future Obama Presidential Library will be devoted to Bush & Cheney)
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To: presidio9

btt


20 posted on 02/02/2010 7:59:23 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: fightinJAG

Thank you. This is so exciting. There aren’t too many good politicians in NY, and we need a breath of fresh air, like Kudlow.


21 posted on 02/02/2010 8:40:23 PM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Sun

You’re welcome; glad to help!

Posting and tweeting about a Kudlow campaign can really help.


22 posted on 02/02/2010 8:49:32 PM PST by fightinJAG (Largest wing in future Obama Presidential Library will be devoted to Bush & Cheney)
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To: Sun

There’s also a Draft Larry Kudlow Facebook page.


23 posted on 02/02/2010 8:53:43 PM PST by fightinJAG (Largest wing in future Obama Presidential Library will be devoted to Bush & Cheney)
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To: fightinJAG

“Posting and tweeting about a Kudlow campaign can really help.”

I agree, and calling talk shows helps, too.


24 posted on 02/02/2010 9:45:08 PM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Sun
Who’s perfect and what counts is what kind of person he is now.

That's what you and I say. It's certainly not what the voters in NY are going to say.

25 posted on 02/03/2010 8:52:09 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: tlozo
Larry Kudlow is an idiot when it comes to illegals.

That article makes a lot of sense to me. What part do you dispute.

26 posted on 02/03/2010 8:57:15 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: presidio9

“That article makes a lot of sense to me. What part do you dispute.”

Kudlows only solution to illegals flooding the US is to increase the number of uneducated poor legal immigrants from Mexico to 400,000 a year? He is against securing the border because it won’t be perfect. “You can build a fence, but desperate Mexicans in search of economic opportunity will climb over it”. The same can be said about the rest of the poor in South America(or the world) who would love to be in the US. He trivializes the cost of illegals “only 10 percent of illegal Mexicans have sent a child to an American public school”. What he ignores is the high cost per student($18,300 in NYC)and the fact that those illegals have large families that overwhelm the school and health care systems. By Kudlows reasoning California is in a better financial situation today because of all the poor illegals that have flooded that state. Kudlow also belittles those who disagree with him on this issue as “blinded by fear-mongering”. On his radio show Kudlow has insinuated that this is about racism.
I live in NY. Sure he would be better then Sen Shmuck but I have no doubt that Kudlow as Senator, a Conservative Party candidate, would vote for a Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill with no serious enforcement provisions.

That is why Larry Kudlow is an idiot when it comes to illegals.


27 posted on 02/04/2010 11:05:58 AM PST by tlozo
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To: presidio9

As I said before (with tongue in cheek) in liberal NYS, it might help him. :)


28 posted on 02/04/2010 12:54:39 PM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: tlozo
People who let their emotions take over issues like immigration sometimes end up seeing what they expect to find in an article, instead of what is already there. Kudlow does say that the only solution is to increase the number to 400,000 a year, he cites Tamar Jacoby of the Manhattan Institute, who says the workforce can support it. He is correct that an unpoliced border fence is a waste of time and money. He's not "trivializing" the cost of illegals, when is point is that a high percentage of them pay into the system without taking advantage of it. And if you're blaming immigration for all of California's troubles (or even most), that makes you something worse than an idealogue.

Its not that Kudlow and other free market capitalists are trying to create a wave of illegal immigration. What doesn't get reported is that they also want ot get rid of minimum wage laws and government entitlements that encourage these people to come here and do nothing. It is a fact that there is currently a shortage of unskilled labor that is actually willing to work.

29 posted on 02/05/2010 12:31:27 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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“And if you’re blaming immigration for all of California’s troubles (or even most), that makes you something worse than an idealogue.”

California’s nearly 3 million illegal immigrants cost taxpayers at least $9 billion each year. California is presently facing a $20 billion budget gap. So yes, I would consider that a major factor in California’s troubles.
A study listed in the Manhattan Institute came to the conclusion that immigrant families cost each native-born household in California an additional $1,200 a year in taxes.
www.manhattan-institute.org/html/_chicsuntimes-why_unskilled_immigrants.htm

“He’s not “trivializing” the cost of illegals, when is point is that a high percentage of them pay into the system without taking advantage of it”

Kudlow clearly trivializes costs of illegals with the disingenuous statement that “roughly two-thirds of undocumented immigrants pay” some tax. Its all about overall cost to a state which a free market capitalist such as Kudlow must understand. It doesn’t matter if many illegals pay taxes when fiscal impact studies invariably find that the expenditures attributable to illegal immigrants exceed their tax payments by a wide margin.

“It is a fact that there is currently a shortage of unskilled labor that is actually willing to work”

Of course, if I can easily hire an illegal for $80 a day with no repercussions why would I ever hire a legal worker?


30 posted on 02/07/2010 4:13:56 PM PST by tlozo
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