Thursday, July 07, 2005

Jen Bluestein and the Mayor

The Metro Section, a New York political blog, described a statement by a spokeswoman of Councilman Fernando Ferrer as an extreme political overstatement. Jen Bluestein, the spokeswoman, accused the Bloomberg administration of attacking the legacy of Martin Luther King. The statement came as a response to rumors started by a letter sent by the head of the New York Republican Committee, Stephen Minarik, that alleged that Fernando Ferrer, the leading Democrat in the upcoming mayoral election, had taken donations and endorsements from a nonprofit group, which, according to New York laws concerning nonprofits would put the organization, the Drum Institute for Public Policy, in violation of tax laws.

Bluestein seemed to feel that since the Drum Institute credited the teachings of Dr. King as their guiding principles, any official who would question the legality of the nonprofit was hence questioning the integrity of the late civil rights leader himself. Her statement is ludicrous but not necessarily without reason. New Yorkers are generally distrustful of Republicans and many of Ferrer's supporters probably wouldn't see it as below the GOP chairman to attack Martin Luther King.


At 8:15 AM, Blogger Sam said...

That's pretty much a dead giveaway that Ferrer knows he's toast. Not the words of someone working for the winning campaign.

At 1:39 PM, Blogger Jack said...

Sam, make more comments. And tell people to come and make comments. Or just make comments under another name. Make an effort!

At 1:40 PM, Blogger Jack said...

did you really post that at 5 AM?

At 2:52 PM, Blogger Sam said...

For some reason the time on your site is Pacific time. Or, if you want me to tell you that I couldn't sleep because I was thinking about what the next blog post would be, I will.

And I'm working on getting more people to post. I'm having a Jersey Perspective fundraiser tomorrow night and a Jersey Perspective-sponsored Cajun BBQ Sunday afternoon. Stay tuned...

At 12:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you idiots. drum major institute doesn't "credit the teachings" of Dr. King. It was founded by people who worked side by side with Dr. King, to advance his work and goals. so yeah, duh, bluestein is right. Ferrer ran the Drum Major Institute, on the up and up, has never in any way used his former position there to his advantage during the mayoral campaign, and to malign it or suggest anything other is a) the worst sort of partisanship and/or b) the kind of ugly, sloppy attack that steve minarik--the Tonya Harding of republican politics--is becoming famous for.


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