Rye Town Supervisor Joe Carvin, a Republican hedge fund manager who has invested $1 million into his own campaign for congress, looks like he’s ready to start putting that money to work and announced his first television ad this morning. The commercial was described as a “sharp contrast ad” by the Carvin campaign, an accurate description as it both blasts incumbent Rep. Nita Lowey and praises Mr. Carvin.
“Washington politicians have failed us,” he ad declares, throwing a notable drum beat after each point. “Jobs are scarce. Federal debt has skyrocketed. Taxes in Westchester and Rockland are out of control. Nita Lowey has been in congress for 24 years, she is part of the problem.”
Westchester Congresswoman Nita Lowey and Bronx Congressman Eliot Engel wrote a letter to the International Olympic Committee urging the agency reconsider its decision to not honor the eleven Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.
The duo requested a moment of silence in their honor before the start of the 2012 Games in London.
“The murder of 11 Israeli athletes by terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics was a tragedy that reverberated far beyond the Games,” said Congresswoman Lowey, “It is necessary, important, and right to hold a minute of silence in recognition of the victims. The continued refusal of the International Olympic Committee to honor the memories of these victims is unfathomable, and I urge the IOC to reconsider its decision.”
Joe Carvin, a Rye Town Supervisor and hedge fund manager, has contributed over $1 million into his congressional bid against Nita Lowey, according to his latest FEC filing.
Mr. Carvin, a Republican, had initially begun a campaign against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand promising to invest a similar amount, but that was for a statewide run and it was unknown if he would invest a similar amount into a more contained campaign for a Westchester County-based Congressional District.
As had been initially rumored, former GOP U.S. Senate candidate, and hedge fund manager, Joe Carvin has moved to formally challenge Westchester and Hudson Valley Congresswoman Nita Lowey in the general election.
“Joe Carvin is definitely in,” Rockland County GOP chairman Vinny Reda told Gannett Albany.
The Republican candidate originally in the race, Mark Rosen, will drop out and endorse Mr. Carvin.
Westchester Congresswoman Nita Lowey sent out an email to supporters yesterday asking for donations, and she cited two timely prospects as a reason for her backers to give: the prospect of Ms. Lowey’s district changing drastically, and the prospect that she could become chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee.
“With my esteem colleagues Norm Dicks’ announcement that he will retire I am waging a serious campaign for this prestigious position. And, when Democrats win back the Majority, I could be the first woman to Chair this powerful committee!” Ms. Lowey writes.
The 74-year-old lawmaker is fourth in line in terms of seniority behind Marcy Kaptur of Ohio (who just defeated Dennis Kucinich in a primary) and Peter Visclosky of Indiana.
In The Money
The Center for Responsive Politics is out with a list today of the wealthiest members of Congress. Among those with the deepest pockets include Westchester Rep. Nita Lowey, whose average estimated net worth is listed as over $41 million, and East Side Rep. Carolyn Maloney, whose average estimated net worth is over $28 million.
According to report, about 47 percent of Congress, or 249 current members of Congress, are millionaires.
…That’s what a Westchester County news website is reporting.
Talk of the Sound has learned that Chelsea Clinton may run for Congress next year.
Clinton has been approached by “the right people” in the New York Democratic Party, according to one source in Albany. While no decision has been made, Clinton is said to be “actively considering” a Congressional run from New York State in 2012.
The plan is to identify an open seat for Clinton in or around New York City where she currently resides with her husband, Marc Mezvinsky. While no specific district has been determined, New York City and Westchester are said to be the focus with New York’s 18th District considered a strong possibility. The 18th encompasses much of Westchester County, just south of where her parents have maintained a home for the past 12 years.
Congresswoman Nita Lowey appears to be the first out of the gate (or the first in my inbox, at least) to issue a statement on the expected resignation of her colleague, Anthony Weiner.
“There is life after Congress for Anthony Weiner and I hope he devotes himself to repairing the damage he caused to his Read More