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Friday, August 01, 2008


(Guest post by Ahmed Kokon)

On one of my first entries at the NY13 blog, I responded to a reader's question regarding the SILive forums and I noted how the Harrison campaign does not tell its supporters what to do or say.

When it comes to the McMahon camp, I'm not sure if I can say the same.

Two days ago, a post by a McMahon supporter hinged on hateful rhetoric and brushed aside the recent homicides on the North Shore.

McMahon and his supporters should know better - it's his district, after all.

We must come together as a community and do something about the guns and violence in neighborhoods across the Island.

Watch the video below and look at the faces of the young children who have hopes and dreams for their future.

If we promise families that we will work to make their communities safer, then we must keep our promise and stand by them.

The "Walk of Remembrance" was meant to symbolize a strong community united in fighting for a better life for themselves and a brighter future for their children.

Steve Harrison stood shoulder to shoulder with the men and women who believed this.

Unfortunately, McMahon thought other things were more important on that day than serving the people of his district.


At 12:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sigh. You know, you really are counterproductive. I'm someone who supported Harrison in 06. I gave him more money than I've ever given to a political candidate before, and I volunteered for the first time ever.

While I like Steve, I intend on hearing Mike out and haven't decided which way I'm voting in the primary yet. I'm still trying to form my opinion of him.

However, this crap is counterproductive. A random supporter on the internet said something mean? Oh heavens me! Clearly we can jump down Mike's throat over that. If this was a campaign staffer or the candidate himself it would be one thing, but something said by "a McMahon supporter" is meaningless guilt by association of the worst kind.

This isn't your first hyperventilation. There was the Conservative Party guy saying he supported the war in Iraq, though at least that one had some substance to it, unlike this one. The right thing to do would have been to press Mike to make his position on the war clear, which he has since done via his web site, but instead you ran with it as if it came directly from his mouth.

These things aren't deal breakers to me, but they're not endearing me to the Harrison campaign. They're pushing me away.

At 12:49 PM, Blogger Ahmed Kokon said...

First, thank you for your support in 2006. We had a great run and we will build on that this year.

The point of the entry is to show the true meaning of grassroots and that McMahon is out of touch with his own community and his supporters shrug off death and violence while Harrison knocks on doors in the same area and helps organize a walk to remember the young lives lost.

McMahon could have been at the walk but he chose not to attend at all and instead, was by a politician's side, not the people's.

Regarding the Iraq war, Steve has been clear from the beginning on what his position his.

He co-authored a plan that has been endorsed by military officials and 50 candidates for Congress.

Mike McMahon has said different things about the war at different times and we have properly cited the source each time. His website now states he wants to have residual forces in Iraq (why did his positions become known just now?). Harrison believes it's time for us to get out of Iraq.

Furthermore, when asked about his vote against the anti-war resolution at the recent SIDA meeting, McMahon stated he won't debate with the person questioning.

There are clear differences between the candidates, as seen in the Times article below.


I hope we can count on your support in 2008.

At 1:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have read that article before. These two lines:

"Mr. Harrison opposes capital punishment, while Mr. McMahon supports it. The councilman favors nearly all means of addressing the nation’s energy problems, including offshore drilling, something Mr. Harrison opposes."

push me more towards Harrison's corner than what you've written. That should be your approach, to find a big list of substantive differences between the two and make sure everyone knows them. It would be far more effective on me than trying to imply something because he didn't attend a walk.

At 5:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so ridiculous. If your campaign is desperate to attack that it looks to posters on a political forum with no connection to the campaign you have gone off the deep end.

Terrible post and terrible PR. Who approved this?

At 9:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I can certainly give the NY13 original blogger credit, he doesn't sounds like the guest blogger. He sounds fair.

If Harrison thinks funds for battling internet wahoos is a great idea, then how am I supposed to believe he doesn't think funds for some equally stupid congressional spending is a bad idea?

Ahmed, your previous posts weren't so bad. You now give of a big whiff of desperation. You're the internet guy for Harrison right? SILive is a garbage bin, why even look at it?

At 7:17 PM, Blogger Ahmed Kokon said...

Once again, just to be clear if you didn't read my response to the first poster - the entry was not about some random person saying some random thing. In writing, there's something called the "main idea".

It was about two different candidates with two different approaches.

One candidate goes out and stands with the people.

The other candidate, on the same day, goes out and stands with a politician.

The only "attack" going on here is the insults being thrown to the people of Staten Island and to their intellect.

The days of "politics as usual" are over and it's about time we had a candidate who is for the people, not the politicians.

Look at the video then look at the photo.

The only thing that is unfair about this post is the unfair way in which people are being ignored and are invisible to those who claim to be "grassroots supported".

Leadership and courage arenn't assumed - they are only present by taking the helm and stepping up when you are called upon to act.

We need Congressmembers who will stand firm when it comes to the Iraq war, women's rights, and FISA and vote the right way.

We don't need Congressmembers who will vote with the right.


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