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He’s Schumer’s McMahon; Senior senator stumps for Mike over Steve

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Congressional hopeful Mike McMahon’s bid to replace retiring Rep. Vito Fossella got a boost on Sunday when Sen. Charles Schumer threw his weight behind the Staten Island councilman’s campaign, despite a longstanding practice of not endorsing during intra-party squabbles.

McMahon is the favorite to become the Democratic nominee to succeed the scandal-tarred Fossella, whose political descent began with a May 1 drunk-driving arrest in Virginia and led to subsequent revelations that he had sired a lovechild with a woman not his wife.

Also running for the nomination is the man whom Fossella dispatched in 2006, Bay Ridge lawyer Steve Harrison.

We asked Schumer why he diverted from his usual neutrality to come out for McMahon so early.

“Because he’s so good,” the senator told The Brooklyn Paper, the lone reporter covering the July 13 event on Bay Ridge’s 69th Street pier. “I have endorsed when I think the candidate is extraordinary and I think Mike McMahon is extraordin­ary.”

He also added, “I have nothing bad to say about any other candidates, but I have a lot of good things to say about Mike McMahon.”

Such “things” included McMahon’s work on bringing mass transit to Staten Island and reducing traffic on local roadways.

“He’s not only smart, but he’s hard working and he gets it,” Schumer said of McMahon. “I know what it takes to be a Congressman and this guy’s got it.”

McMahon admitted that he would have to work hard to convince Bay Ridge residents to support a Staten Islander over favorite son Harrison, but said he would bring the trans-Narrows district together.

“People need to know that I started as a civic association president in one neighborhood in Staten Island, and now everyone in the district, not just the people who live in my former civic association area, see that I’m fighting for them in the City Council,” said the 50-year-old 10-year Council vet. And I am certain that everyone in Bay Ridge will feel the same way. … Anyone who aspires to higher office has to build bridges to a new community.”

Though he touted his several specific bills in the Council, he said voters in the September primary should focus on electability.

“I raised a half-million dollars in a month and got the endorsement of people like Chuck Schumer and Anthony Weiner,” he said. “I’ve won three elections and Steve Harrison has lost three. I start on real solid ground. You’ve got to be able to put it away and what everyone is saying is that Mike McMahon can put this one away.”

Harrison could not be reached for comment.

Updated 5:07 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

jason hill says:


New York Times reported that hedge fund managers have a new champion in their effort to keep legally dodging the taxes the rest of us pay: none other than New York Senator Charles Schumer. Now you know who is Schumer's friend and why he caused the bank run on Indymac. He truly support hedge fund and private equity because they truly support him.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/30/washington/30schumer.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

"Large Investor decided to pay a few bucks to a Senator in New York to force the issue."(Prospect Mortgage Backed By Sterling Fund--Private Equity Acquired The Mortgage Branches from Indymac before FDIC takeover)
http://www.housingwire.com/2008/07/03/regulators-to-schumer-weve-got-a-whole-bag-of-shhh-with-your-name-on-it/

"And do remember that there are many investment bankers located in New York, making them pretty influential constituents of Sen. Schumer."
http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/opinions/ci_9783402

"In a Sunday news conference, he said everything in his letter was already known to the public."
If it was already known to the public, what is the reason for his public letter? It is contradict to what he said previouly :"I just bring private message to the public. Do not kill the messanger." What a great liar from time to time!
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/07/13/indymac.schumer/?iref=mpstoryview
July 14, 2008, 10:06 pm
chuckthehypocrite from Staten Island says:
Schumer's a hypocrite. Two years ago he wouldn't endorse Harrison until after primary date because of his "rule" of never endorsing during the primary, despite Harrison's lack of a Democratic opponent.
When Schumer finally endorsed Harrison two years ago it was too late to have a fundraising impact.

Originally, Schumer told the Advance that he wouldn't endorse iin the race between Harrison, who in 2006 received a higher percentage of the vote than any Democrat since the dawn of the Molinari dynasty, and McMahon, who was too much of a wuss to run against Fossella or even another elected Republican official.

If Harrison would have received the early local and nation al machine support McMahon currently is undeservingly receiving 2 years ago, he'd be the incumbent.
July 15, 2008, 9:01 am
jason hill from houston says:
New York Times reported that hedge fund managers have a new champion in their effort to keep legally dodging the taxes the rest of us pay: none other than New York Senator Charles Schumer. Now you know who is Schumer's friend and why he caused the bank run on Indymac. He truly support hedge fund and private equity because they truly support him.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/30/washington/30schumer.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

"Large Investor decided to pay a few bucks to a Senator in New York to force the issue."(Prospect Mortgage Backed By Sterling Fund--Private Equity Acquired The Mortgage Branches from Indymac before FDIC takeover)
http://www.housingwire.com/2008/07/03/regulators-to-schumer-weve-got-a-whole-bag-of-shhh-with-your-name-on-it/

"And do remember that there are many investment bankers located in New York, making them pretty influential constituents of Sen. Schumer."
http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/opinions/ci_9783402

"In a Sunday news conference, he said everything in his letter was already known to the public."
If it was already known to the public, what is the reason for his public letter? It is contradict to what he said previouly :"I just bring private message to the public. Do not kill the messanger." What a great liar from time to time!
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/07/13/indymac.schumer/?iref=mpstoryview

Same thing he did for FRE and FNM, he forced FRE and FNM to buy $145 billion bad loans last September. So his hedge fund friend could short the stock, then his private equity friend could take huge discount to acquire the properties. So obvious criminal acts, but he is still out law and do whatever to harm the American and benefit himself and his friends.
July 17, 2008, 2:05 am

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