No sooner did Congressman Bob Turner announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate against Kirsten Gillibrand than did Democrats, both in New York and in Washington D.C., connect the Republican candidate to controversial conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh.
Mr. Turner, a retired television executive, is credited with helping make Mr. Limbaugh’s television show a reality during the 1990s.
“We welcome Congressman Turner to the race,” Glen Caplin, a spokesman for Ms. Gillibrand said in an email. ”We look forward to contrasting Senator Gillibrand’s record of fighting for New York’s middle class with that of Congressman Turner’s record as a former Rush Limbaugh producer turned self-proclaimed ‘pandering’ Republican if he becomes the nominee.”
From the Department of Headlines: “Veterinarian Assemblyman Was Arrested For Putting Dead Dog In Dumpster”
Another: “Bill gets his bill” (to invest pension funds locally)
President Obama called Sandra Fluke.
Republican Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis joined Democratic colleagues in criticizing Rush Limbaugh.
Kirsten Gillibrand piled on too.
Strongly Worded Letters
After Rush Limbaugh went on his radio show yesterday and implied Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke was a “prostitute” and “slut” for testifying on Capitol Hill in favor of President Barack Obama’s contraception coverage rule, he sparked a media firestorm and had a suspicious package delivered to his home, but worst of all, he incurred the wrath of Brooklyn Congressman Ed Towns. Mr. Towns sent Mr. Limbaugh a letter yesterday asking the conservative commentator to apologize for his “vile” remarks.
“I will pray for you, Mr. Limbaugh. I will pray that you watch Ms. Fluke’s eloquent testimony, and that you apologize for stepping so far out of line – even for you,” Mr. Towns wrote.
Manhattan State Senator Liz Krueger sent out a fundraising email earlier this week that features what may be called an “anti-Host Committee.”
On the space on the invite where it is usually listed which high rollers are putting it on, Ms. Krueger writes:
“Please do not join: The Koch Brothers, Karl Rove, Pedro Espada, Carl Paladino, Rudy Giuliani, Herman Cain, Eric Cantor, Rush Limbaugh, Dick Cheney, Michelle Bachmann, Pat Robertson, Rick Perry, Dean Skelos, Grover Norquist, Rand Paul, Glenn Beck, Ron Paul, Sarah Palin, Hiram Monserrate and all members of Rupert Murdoch’s family”
If nothing else, this invite shows what low esteem Sen. Krueger has for her former Senate Democratic colleagues Hiram Monserrate and Pedro Espada; this may be the first time the former Amigos have been included in the same breath as the Koch brothers and Sarah Palin.