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Wendy Long beats Turner in NY Republican contest for Senate
Times Ledger ^ | 06/27/2012 | Steve Mosco

Posted on 06/27/2012 4:50:50 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

One surprise win deserves another.

After shocking many with a win in the 9th Congressional District last year, U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Middle Village) was defeated by the conservative party candidate, Manhattan lawyer Wendy Long in a three-way Republican primary Tuesday.

Long will now square off against U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), a three-year incumbent, in this fall’s race for the Senate.

“On the 6th of November, we will change the face of New York politics,” Long said at her Manhattan victory party. “The people of New York saw that I would create the sharpest contrast with Kirsten Gillibrand.”

The lawyer also defeated Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, holding a double-digit lead with more than half the precincts reporting statewide as of press time. She was endorsed by the GOP.

According to NY1, with approximately 81 percent of the precincts reporting, Long had 52 percent of the vote, compared to 36 percent for Turner and 13 percent for Maragos.

At about 11 p.m., Turner conceded defeated to Long, pledging to work with her in any way he can.

“I congratulate Ms. Long on her impressive victory tonight. I want to thank Chairman Ed Cox and all of the Republicans from across the state who supported me in this campaign,” Turner said. “I went to Congress last year as a citizen legislator on a clear mission to help save our nation from the harmful big-government policies that are keeping New Yorkers out of work, small businesses shuttered and record levels of debt on the backs of our children. Senator Gillibrand has made a dramatic transformation from her days as a conservative Democrat to now being named the nation’s most liberal senator as a loyal supporter of the Obama-Reid agenda. I remain steadfastly committed to these goals and I pledge to work with Ms. Long to unite all Republicans and Conservatives in the effort to defeat Kirsten Gillibrand in November.”

Turner was a television executive before winning a special election for the 9th district seat last year after Rep. Anthony Weiner resigned in the midst of a sexting scandal. His victory came as a surprise to many who saw the 9th as a Democratic stronghold.

This will be Gillibrand’s second campaign for Senate since she was appointed in 2009 to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton, who became secretary of state. She won election in 2010 to finish Clinton’s term. This time Gillibrand is running for the full six-year term.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: bobturner; kirstengillebrand; senate; wendylong
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1 posted on 06/27/2012 4:51:07 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Conservative Party Candidate -- Wendy Long

2 posted on 06/27/2012 4:52:32 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

Short Bio:

Wendy Long served as a law clerk for Judge Ralph K. Winter on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City, and then for Justice Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court of the United States.

Long then served as a litigation partner for the law firm Kirkland & Ellis, LLP.

In 2005, she joined the Judicial Confirmation Network as chief counsel. Long advanced the cause of judicial restraint through extensive media and public speaking; participated in discussion and debate on U.S. Circuit Court and U.S. Supreme Court nominations and led public support or opposition to them, including supporting confirmations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Sam Alito to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Long also played a prominent role during the Supreme Court nomination of Sonia Sotomayor.

Since 2007, Long has been a legal advisor to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.

Long is a current Member of the Board of Trustees of Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY. She is an active member of the Church of Our Saviour in Manhattan and she is a Roman Catholic catechism teacher.

Long has also served as press secretary for two Republican U.S. Senators, William L. Armstrong from Colorado and Gordon J. Humphrey from her native New Hampshire.

Long was graduated from Dartmouth College and from Northwestern University School of Law, cum laude and Order of the Coif, in 1995, where she was a member of the Law review. She spent her third year at Harvard Law School.

She also studied as a Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute.

She married Arthur S. Long in 1998. They are raising their two children in New York City.

NOTE: She is not related to Michael R. Long, the chairman of the Conservative Party of New York State, despite Michael Long’s support of Wendy’s Senate campaign.

3 posted on 06/27/2012 4:55:15 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind
Main question: Is she conservative?

I don't mean "New York 'conservative'," I mean conservative?"

4 posted on 06/27/2012 5:09:00 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Gillibrand gives me the creeps. A smiling liar, for starters.

5 posted on 06/27/2012 5:12:16 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: SeekAndFind

I have to admit — I had a chance to vote here, I was home early enough, but I really didn’t follow this closely enough to make an informed decision. I would’ve voted by the eeny-meeny method.

6 posted on 06/27/2012 5:12:16 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: fwdude

I heard her on the radio a while back. From what I remember, she’s a fighter and was not afraid to go after Gillibrand!

7 posted on 06/27/2012 5:14:25 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: SeekAndFind

I got to send her some money.

8 posted on 06/27/2012 5:25:35 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: b4its2late; cotton1706; fwdude

Folks, Kirsten Gillebrand has to go. Ever since she took over Hillary’s senate seat she has proven just one thing -— she’s just a PUPPET and a second vote for Charles “The Schmuck” Schumer.

I say give Wendy Long a chance. She’s certainly going to be leagues better than Gillebrand in terms of voting. having clerked for Clarence Thomas, I believe she respects the constitution the way Clarence Thomas does.

For an understanding on how she stands on the issues, go here:









9 posted on 06/27/2012 6:14:40 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: fwdude; qam1


Another GenX candidate for your list, qam.

10 posted on 06/27/2012 6:24:58 AM PDT by sf4dubya (I rebelled against my parents by becoming a conservative)
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To: SeekAndFind
Please tell me the conservative party has a conservative presidential candidate that conservatives can back. If they do, this would be an answered prayer.
11 posted on 06/27/2012 6:33:23 AM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness)
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To: Tanniker Smith

Why I'm Running

Kirsten Gillibrand has said she wants to see more women in politics.

I say, "Let's give her what she is asking for."

New York and America face a momentous election in 2012.

It is time for choosing between two radically different paths and there is nothing routine in the decisions that we are called to make. If we can be sure of anything, it's that the immense challenges facing our state and our country will not be overcome by the same people in the same offices casting the same votes for the same failed policies.

Men and women of good faith in every party want to see a new way of doing business in Washington. That is what I intend to offer in this campaign and that is what I will deliver as the next United States Senator from the State of New York.

I learned as a young girl that the Empire State was a center of history, culture, free enterprise, industry, agriculture, and natural beauty. I want to work for the people of New York to make it shine brightly again as a jewel in our national crown. Already, many good people all across this great state have put their trust in me. I intend to make myself worthy of that trust.

My political views were formed during my college years, when Ronald Reagan was President. I served under two great Republican Senators, Bill Armstrong from Colorado, and Gordon Humphrey from New Hampshire: Senate leaders in the Reagan Revolution who voluntarily served just two terms because they believed in the ideal of a citizen legislature.

I had the great honor of serving under two of the greatest living judges in America: Judge Ralph Winter on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York and Justice Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court of the United States. I learned firsthand from them about the imperative of judicial restraint - of judges sticking to the text, history, and principles of the Constitution instead of substituting their own political preferences for those of the people as expressed through their elected representatives.

I've worked in the private sector, in private law practice in New York, and most recently, I worked to build a national nonprofit group to help win U.S. Senate confirmation of President Bush's great nominees to the Court: Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito.

The work closest to my heart has been taking care of my family. Like many women - and men too - I've felt the crush of being a caregiver for generations on both sides: caring for young babies and toddlers at the same time as ailing and dying parents, and trying to practice law at the same time. I understand the struggles faced by so many New Yorkers with serious disease, disabilities, and problems with health insurance.

My siblings and I nursed my mother through five years of inevitable and progressive paralysis and death from Lou Gehrig's disease. My husband and I are raising our children in New York City, with all its culture and opportunity, but where I see every day the struggles of parents trying to raise children of good character and values in a society that is often poisonous.

It breaks my heart to see children who cannot get the same wonderful public school education that I had and who do not have access to the same educational opportunities that my own children have because of the corrosive effects of big government and self-interested bureaucracies on our public schools.

What really propelled me into this race is love: love for my children, our state, our country, and our written Constitution, which I believe is our greatest export to the rest of the world.

There is nothing wrong with America, or New York, or the rich, or the poor, or our children, or our senior citizens. Something is very wrong with the elected officials like Barack Obama and Kirsten Gillibrand who wield power over them.

There may be some years when a comfortable, entrenched, well financed incumbent Senator can take re-election for granted, but 2012 is not one of them. Politicians like Senator Gillibrand take far too much for granted as it is.

They vote for $862 billion in "stimulus" spending, which "stimulated" nothing except corporate cronyism as our hard-earned dollars went to Obama campaign supporters and failed companies like Solyndra.

This is intolerable.

They run up outrageous levels of debt - almost $16 trillion of it to the point that our national debt exceeds our gross domestic product. In midtown Manhattan, we've had a national debt clock for over 20 years. Thanks to President Obama, Senator Gillibrand, and their fellow Democrats, the United States has added 5 trillion dollars in new debt since 2009, the debt clock is running faster and faster every day.

We have reached the point where even interest on the debt - every dollar of it - is now paid with more borrowed money.

This is intolerable.

Year after year, Senator Gillibrand and her friends fail even to produce a federal budget - the most basic job that we taxpayers are paying them to do.

This is intolerable.

They tell us that we can make up for their lack of an American energy policy and their failure to build pipelines and refineries by inflating our tires, tuning up our cars, driving electric cars, and using algae to create energy. This as gas prices have doubled since Barack Obama was elected and Kirsten Gillibrand moved to the Senate side of Capitol Hill.

This is intolerable.

Year after year, Senator Gillibrand, now ranked by National Journal as the #1 most liberal Senator in America - due in part to her vote as one of only seven Senators to continue funding the scandal-ridden ACORN organization with taxpayer dollars - and her elite liberal crowd in Washington treat the money we earn as theirs for the taking- even here in New York, one of the highest-tax states in America.

This is intolerable.

With so many serious issues and responsibilities before the United States Senate, New York needs a Senator who thinks for herself - not just someone who rubber-stamps the Obama agenda or checks with Chuck Schumer and says, "Me too!"

Independence is a quality that New Yorkers used to count on in our Senators- regardless of party. Think of names like Kennedy, Buckley, Moynihan, Clinton, D'Amato: a lot of political differences come to mind. But they have something in common, too: they are names associated with purpose, with ideas, and with stature worthy of a Senator from New York, not a cheerleader on the sidelines of an administration whose policies have so clearly failed.

And this brings me to the heart of my candidacy.

The main purpose and idea of my campaign is not original. I can't claim authorship. An inspired group of New Yorkers and other Americans came up with the idea, about 225 years ago.

It's called limited self-government, of the people, by the people, and for the people.

No one in this country is above the law, and no one is beneath it. The law is what protects the weak from the strong, affirms the dignity of every person, and overlooks no one in its demand of equal justice.

The principles and ideals of the American Constitution and Declaration of Independence are what give us hope for a future that is bright for businesses large and small, for jobs and free enterprise and private property in New York, for safety for our families, and for individual freedom.

More than anything else, our Constitution and its principles are what unite us, and always have.

I won't go to Washington looking for enemies, but I won't go there fearing anyone either. With all the troubles our country faces, we can no longer take time for granted. I know I am not the only one who sees this nation at a turning point- where things could get much worse or much better- depending on the choices we make in this election.

President Ronald Reagan, who carried New York two times, reminded us that "government cannot be clergyman, teacher and parent. It is our servant, beholden to us." This is the spirit of my campaign - and I will ask the support of every man and woman in our state who believes in the limits of government and the possibilities of freedom.

This is the right path. And it is the only path can lead us to victory on the sixth of November.

12 posted on 06/27/2012 6:41:17 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

When will a win by a true conservative ever NOT be “unexpected”?

I guess it will forever be shocking that a crazed, foaming-at-the-mouth-liberal has lost any election, even if it is for dog-catcher.

13 posted on 06/27/2012 8:05:58 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: Linda Frances

In all likelihood, Linda, the Conservatives Party, as it ALWAYS has since its formation in 1962, will back the Republican nominee. It is NOT official yet, but it is almost a certainty that Mitt Romney will be their nominee.

I don’t think it makes a difference, as I see Romney having NO chance to win NY.

14 posted on 06/27/2012 9:30:18 AM PDT by NEW YORKCITYGOPMAN ('he who creates something worthwhile, never dies.'')
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To: SeekAndFind
As of 12:30pm today, Wednesday, June 27, the The NYTimes has NOT reported that Wendy Long won! They have ignored the results of that particular race.
15 posted on 06/27/2012 9:32:34 AM PDT by utahagen
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To: utahagen

I thought the NY Times Motto was:

“All the News that’s fit to print”

Apparently, they’ve deemed this piece of news NOT FIT to print.

16 posted on 06/27/2012 9:35:02 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: b4its2late

“I got to send her some money.”

Money is what she needs most. Wendy Long has everything else, and is an outstanding pro-life, brilliant, conservative candidate.

17 posted on 06/27/2012 3:49:27 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: fwdude; All

I would not be surprised to find that Wendy Long would be the most conservative U.S. Senator in the country. She has dedicated much of her time to pro-life causes, and has been called a Constitutional scholar. Also, she has been endorsed by Grover Norquist, and Steve Forbes, which shows how fiscally conservative she is.

Here’s why this Tea Party endorsed her:

“The following Gothan Tea Party June 20, 2012 press release explains why Long is the best choice.

Gotham was impressed by Wendy’s grasp of our core ideals of fiscal conservatism, constitutional government and the preservation of free markets. In several meetings we saw that Wendy is far from a one-dimensional conservative. She has proven to be a quick learner and is now fluent on a variety of fiscal issues. Gotham was also particularly impressed with Long’s efforts to recognize the Tea Party as an important constituency among the electorate.”’


18 posted on 06/27/2012 4:20:50 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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He also won’t win the presidency. He will not get a lot of the base. People are starting to learn who he really is. Wouldn’t have been nice if the gop had let his opponents vet him so people would know who he really is? I’m still praying for a miracle. Romney won’t get my vote.

19 posted on 06/27/2012 4:43:46 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness)
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20 posted on 06/27/2012 5:11:06 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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