Skip to comments.Long Says 'Soul Mate' Kudlow Is 'Dead Serious' About Senate Run
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."
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.
2010 is gonna be a Republican year.
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.
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.
More importantly let’s hope for a conservative year.
In a debate Schumer would never get a word in, just like Larry’s guests. Run Larry Run...
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.
“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. :)
“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.
Larry Kudlow is an idiot when it comes to illegals.
Larry Kudlow Apr. 4, 2006 National Review
Todays 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 dont 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 cant make this connection. They are blinded by fear-mongering, defeatism, and pessimism.
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.
And all God’s people said “AMEN.”
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.
This is the website the article references.
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.
You’re welcome; glad to help!
Posting and tweeting about a Kudlow campaign can really help.
There’s also a Draft Larry Kudlow Facebook page.
“Posting and tweeting about a Kudlow campaign can really help.”
I agree, and calling talk shows helps, too.
That's what you and I say. It's certainly not what the voters in NY are going to say.
That article makes a lot of sense to me. What part do you dispute.
“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.
As I said before (with tongue in cheek) in liberal NYS, it might help him. :)
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.
“And if you’re blaming immigration for all of California’s troubles (or even most), that makes you something worse than an idealogue.”
Californias 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.
“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?