May 20, 2011
Another Jane Corwin Implosion: Will Corwin Call for “Dirty Trick” Ad to Stop Airing?
Another day, another Jane Corwin campaign eruption. The Tonawanda News today called on Jane Corwin (NY-26) to join them in calling on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to stop airing an ad the paper calls “shameful,” a “blatant attempt to trick voters” and “a quintessential political dirty trick.”
The Tonawanda News scandal comes after a series of false ads, personnel eruptions, and scandals surrounding Jane Corwin’s increasingly desperate campaign for Congress.
The Tonawanda News editorialized: “The special election for New York’s 26th congressional seat has been downright dirty and after the most recent blatant effort to deceive voters — which comes at this newspaper’s expense — it is time to place the blame squarely where it belongs: On the shoulders of Republican candidate Jane Corwin and her increasingly desperate raft of supporters.” [5/20/11]
“As the voters turn on Jane Corwin and her plan to end Medicare, she has grown increasingly desperate relying on lies and political tricks,” said Josh Schwerin, Northeast Press Secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Jane Corwin must do the right thing and immediately demand the U.S. Chamber of Commerce stop airing their false ad.”
The Pattern of Jane Corwin’s Lies and Scandals
1) The Tonawanda News editorialized: “The special election for New York’s 26th congressional seat has been downright dirty and after the most recent blatant effort to deceive voters — which comes at this newspaper’s expense — it is time to place the blame squarely where it belongs: On the shoulders of Republican candidate Jane Corwin and her increasingly desperate raft of supporters.” [Tonawanda News, 5/20/11]
2) Corwin Ad is False. Factcheck.org and WGRZ Call Corwin’s Ad False. WGRZ highlights that Corwin is Critizing a Position She Supports.
a. Factcheck.org: Corwin’s Ad Called Bogus. According to Factcheck.org, a nonpartisan organization, Corwin’s claims that Hochul wanted to cut Social Security and Medicare were ‘bogus.’ “That’s bogus,” said Eugene Kiely, deputy director at FactCheck.org. “Just saying everything is on the table does not equate Social Security or Medicare cuts.” [Buffalo News, 5/17/11]
b. WGRZ: Second Corwin Ad Fails Truth Test. In a fact check of Corwin’s attack ad, WGRZ said Corwin’s “commercial is false.” According to WGRZ, Corwin’s ad “fails our truth test.” “That claim by Corwin is false,” WGRZ reported. [WGRZ, 5/18/11]
c. WGRZ: Corwin Is Criticizing Something She Supports. In an attack, Corwin accused Hochul of supporting the same cuts to Medicare she is on the record supporting. WGRZ found a “problem” with that logic. According to WGRZ, the Republican budget also slowed down Medicare spending in the future as did Obama’s plan. “So Corwin, at this point, is criticizing something that she supports.” [WGRZ, 5/18/11]
3) Corwin Claimed To Be A Successful Businesswoman Since The Age of 8. According to the Buffalo News, Corwin said she has spent 36 years as a “successful businesswoman,” which would mean that she has been a “successful businesswoman” since age 8. [Buffalo News, 5/09/11]
4) Corwin’s Chief of Staff Gets Into Altercation With Jack Davis, Corwin Refuses to Release Video Tape. Corwin’s Assembly Chief of Staff was sent to film and antagonize Jack Davis outside an event in honoring veterans in Greece. Corwin’s Chief of Staff allegedly yelled coward at Davis and repeatedly asked why he backed out of the upcoming debate. [Daily News Online, 5/16/11]
a. Corwin claims she did not authorize that activity, and that her Chief of Staff was on his own time. Corwin has refused to the release the video tape of the full incident. [WGRZ, 5/19/11]
b. Republicans Join Attack On Corwin Aide According to the Buffalo News, Republicans joined Davis on Friday in criticizing Corwin’s top legislative aide for going to a campaign event to badger the 78-year-old perennial candidate about his decision to skip a debate in Buffalo. [Buffalo News, 5/14/11]
5) Corwin Ad Called Misleading By WGRZ. According to WGRZ, Corwin’s ad attacking Hochul was “misleading” and lacked “important context.” [WGRZ, 4/08/11]